Cool Stuff For People Who Like Clive Barker
I’ve been on kind of a Clive Barker kick lately. I’ve been a fan of his for years, and he’s always been a huge influence, but it seems like he’s been looming especially large in my personal zeitgeist these past few weeks.
For starters, I’ve been following the man himself on Facebook, and that’s been seriously fascinating. The things he posts there are very honest, personal, and insightful, and if you want a glimpse into his life and thought processes, you should really check it out.
Are you a Hellraiser fan? Then you should also check out a new podcast called We Have Such Films To Show You. A couple of fans are watching all nine Hellraiser films, and devoting an episode of the podcast to each one. The first couple of episodes so far are funny and engaging, and it’s interesting to hear these two talk about why they love these movies at the same time as they nitpick their many, many flaws. I don’t really normally listen to podcasts, but I’m enjoying the hell out of these.
If you have seen the Hellraiser movies, remember how the second film really takes the setting shown in the first movie and just kind of blows it wide open? The way it pulls back and increases the scale of the world we’re shown? That wider scope is central to one blogger’s argument that Hellbound: Hellraiser II is one of the best movies ever made, and, well, while I wouldn’t go that far, I will say that’s always been one of the main reasons I love the film. Ready to have your mind blown open again? Go and read the first issue of the Hellraiser comic for free online. I’d been vaguely aware that Boom! Studios had started a new Hellraiser comic a couple years ago, but somehow, I’d missed the fact that Clive Barker was actually the one writing it. This first issue gave me that same feeling of increased scale, with its grand sweeping vision of hell, and it almost makes up for all the disappointing movie sequels. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of this series.
Finally, the main thing that’s had me bouncing up and down with excitement lately is that I’m going down to Portland, Oregon this weekend to see Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut at the Portland H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. If you’ve seen Nightbreed, then you know two things — first, it’s freakin’ awesome, and second, it, uhhh, doesn’t always make a hell of a lot of sense. It feels like there’s a lot you’re missing — and there is! The studio, once they realized they’d actually greenlit a film where the monsters are the good guys, cut the damn thing to ribbons in the editing room. For years, a decent director’s cut of this movie has been one of my holy grails, and this is as close as I’m likely to get — all of the missing footage has been restored, albeit from a low-quality VHS copy that had been thought lost for years and finally turned up in a dark and dusty corner of Clive’s office. I can’t even tell you how psyched I am for this, and if you can possibly make it to Portland, you should come, too.