Pinheads and Candymen: All Clive Barker Movies Ranked

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Last week was the 25th anniversary of Candyman, and one horrendous physical effect aside, it still holds up beautifully today. Key among of strengths is a trait shared through almost all of the fiction written by horror author Clive Barker and the films that bring his work to the screen – a wicked, dark, and endless imagination.

From the earliest of his features in 1985 to the latest in 2009, they’ve run the gamut from instantly forgettable to instant classic, and while the stories are varied, that common thread between them remains. He creates worlds both gorgeous and grotesque, sometimes on the same page or frame. Ideally, he’ll soon see an adaptation resurgence similar to the one Stephen King is currently enjoying.

Until then, though, there are nine legitimate Clive Barker movies that are based on his work or feature his direct involvement, not counting sequels, shorts, and outliers. (Quicksilver Highway is an anthology only partially based on his work, The Plague sees him attached only as a producer, and Saint Sinner borrows the name from one of his comics but uses nothing from the plot.) So while we daydream a Hulu series based on The Great and Secret Show, a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of the brilliant “In the Hills, the Cities,” or Barker’s overdue return to the director’s chair with a face-off between Pinhead and Harry D’Amour in The Scarlet Gospels, these are the movies we’re left with… So why not rank them?

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 Nightbreed TV series

Morgan Creek backed the 1990 film Nightbreed, written and directed by Clive Barker based on his own novella Cabal. The company didn’t entirely support the film at that point, but is starting to see the value in the story of an underground city populated by freaks and outcasts. Now, just as the extended Nightbreed director’s cut is about to hit Blu-ray for the first time, Morgan Creek is taking additional steps to develop a Nightbreed TV series.

News of a possible series isn’t new; Barker has mentioned it a few times in the past. But now we know a lot more, as the guy who has written the first few episodes of the new show is dishing out details. Read More »

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One of the best film events of the year is Fantastic Fest, which takes place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. The first wave of the 2013 fest has been announced, and it has some great stuff. There’s Keanu Reeves, who’ll appear with his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi (trailer); the Cannes weirdness of Borgman (trailer); the excellent SXSW thriller Cheap Thrills; and the restored Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

The full list of first wave titles is below. Read More »

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It seems that rasp-voiced cigar-hog Clive Barker has been posting to Twitter under the name RealCliveBarker, and posting good stuff too. In just the last few days, he’s managed to spark up two very interesting flames. First, the good news: It seems that all of the missing footage from Nightbreed has been tracked down, safe and sound, and a director’s cut is now a possibility. Now, the bad news: Barker has also reported that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier is off of the Hellraiser remake. More details on both of these stories after the break.

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