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Clive Barker Writing 'Hellraiser' Reboot For Dimension

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 25, 2013 11:40 AM
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The saga of the potential "Hellraiser" remake has more twists and turns than your average supernatural thriller about a haunted music box that unleashes grotesque monsters from a hellish alternate dimension. Basically, the Weinstein Company owns the rights to the franchise, but every few years that option threatens to expire, unless they make another movie, which goes a long way to explaining things like the direct-to-video "Hellraiser: Revelations," which utilizes reconstituted footage from other movies and looks like it was shot on a third generation iPhone over a long weekend. But it looks like the king is returning to the series: with original writer/director Clive Barker back to pen a new "Hellraiser" reboot for Dimension/Weinstein Company. Sounds spooky!

Director's Cut Of Clive Barker's 'Nightbreed' Officially Coming To Home Video In 2014 Via Shout! Factory

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 19, 2013 11:00 AM
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One of the more nagging "lost" movies in horror cinema has been the longer director's cut of Clive Barker's seminal monster mash "Nightbreed." The tale of an underground city of mutant creatures, sort of like a punk rock version of "X-Men," the film was heavily truncated before its theatrical release by Warner Bros and Morgan Creek, with the original version thought to be lost forever. While a fan revival has kept the possibility of a director's cut of "Nightbreed" alive, nothing has solidified until now, with Morgan Creek and Shout! Factory announcing plans for a multi-platform home video release for the restored director's cut in 2014.

Looking Back On 20 Years Of 'Candyman': What's Blood If Not For Spilling?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2012 1:23 PM
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Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman. One silly sounding word repeated five times into a mirror, which unleashes all kinds of mayhem -- and, as it happens, one of the more original horror creations of the last few decades. The hook-handed son of a slave (as embodied by Tony Todd) summoned by the chanting of his name, created by horror legend Clive Barker (along with writer/director Bernard Rose), he's appeared in three films to date. And while the substandard sequels saw the character lose his luster, it doesn't change the fact that the original "Candyman," which was released twenty years ago today on October 16th, 1992, is a fairly superior and unusually intelligent horror flick.

Midian Lives! Restored 'Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut' To Tour, Blu-ray Release In The Works

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 2, 2012 6:06 PM
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When Clive Barker's "Nightbreed" was released theatrically in 1990, promoted by a poster that made the movie look like a monstrous neon-lit sequel to "Lost Boys" and plagued by a series of frustrating production problems, it was critically and commercially ignored. Based on the novella "Cabal" (also by Barker), the studio and production company toned down some of the harsher elements of the film, confused as to why a ragtag band of mutants were the heroes, where humans (exemplified by a chilly performance by David Cronenberg) were the villains. Extensive reshoots and edits were made to the film, compromising the original creative intent, and what remains is an entreatingly off-centered film that plays like a prototype for the "X-Men" movies. The original footage that was deleted from the film was thought to be lost, but some plucky fans have found it and the extended edition (labeled "The Cabal Cut") will be touring worldwide before a commercial Blu-ray release.

Tom Holland To Adapt & Direct Stephen King's 'The Ten O'Clock People'; Clive Barker To Direct 'Zombies Vs. Gladiators'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 6, 2012 9:39 AM
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Some horror fans may think that the 1980s was the best times for horror movies, but Hollywood's constant rummaging through the VHS bin of the era for remake material doesn't always sit well. While last year's "Fright Night" wasn't the worst offender of 1980s horror retelling (that would be "Nightmare on Elm Street" for the record), fans who took umbrage at that effort can take comfort that the original film's writer/director Tom Holland is finally back and ready to make his first theatrical feature since 1996's "Thinner."

TV Dial: Patty Jenkins Returns To 'The Killing'; David Slade Helms NBC's 'Hannibal' & Clive Barker Revives 'Nightbreed' For Cable

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 2, 2012 10:22 AM
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If this Monday morning brings a twinge of sadness with your morning coffee at the season finales of “Shameless” and “House of Lies” last night, well, we have to question your perspective on the world. There is hope though, for a wave of fresh TV announcements is coming your way to fill that questionable void.

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