Headsup: Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Blu-ray Set

The Hellraiser Trilogy is comprised of three British horror films that tell the story of the Cenobites, a group of otherworldly sadomasochistic beings who go to and from earth via a mysterious puzzle box solved by unsuspecting victims.  The original Hellraiser (1987) was written and directed by Clive Barker, and was not only his directorial debut but also based on his own novel (The Hellbound Heart).  Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth followed in 1988 and 1992, respectively.  The franchise would eventually expand to include nine films, a comic book series, and related merchandise media.  If horror is your thing and you’ve never seen the original films, now is a pretty good time to check them out via the Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Blu-ray Set recently released from Arrow Video.

Before you even get to the disc content, you see this set is aimed to impress.  Housed in beautiful limited-edition packaging (including a nice sturdy box and newly created artwork from Gilles Vranckx), it also includes a 20-page booklet with original artwork and storyboards, five Cenobite postcards, a fold-out (reversible) poster, and Damnation Games, a 200-page hardback book from Clive Barker’s personal archivists Sarah and Phil Stokes.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:39+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 5: Monster From the Ocean Floor!

Monster From the Ocean Floor!

We’ll get to our feature presentation shortly, but before then a couple of stops: firstly, Christopher Lee is on hand to read Dracula for you. And more than that, someone’s taken the 1966 comic adaptation and put the two together. Then, since we’ve got a Corman-produced flick for today’s main event, poking about for more Corman-related material found 1990’s TV special, Horror Cafe, in which Clive Barker does a sort-of expanded Dinner for Five routine. Among those in to have a nosh are Corman, John Carpenter and Ramsey Campbell. If you feel the onset of cheese, just keep telling yourself over and over: “It’s only 1990, it’s only 1990…”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:10+00:00 October 4th, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #147: If You Had to Sleep With a Stooge

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast arrow in the quiver of Arrowette. And Arrowette is in the quiver of Galactus. Or something. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Officer Growler

Agenda:

  • Special The Unique Geek Crossover! (At last) which involves Green Arrow and sexism
  • Aaron vs. Uke!
  • Prepping for real recommendations from Scott
  • Clive Barker vs. a coma
  • Leigh vs. drugs
  • Alcohol report
  • Growlers, growlettes & Scott incessantly chortling
  • Kraken Rum Store
  • Info about shower curtains
  • Liam Neeson and the panel idea
  • Internet sales of alcohol
  • Sex and sports
  • Shows with enhancement
  • Scott vs. VCBs
  • Jon’s alcohol report
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:14+00:00 February 10th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|7 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #88: Big Huge Warning

    It’s the podcast that wears a William Shatner mask inside out…and nothing else. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that will ride your bumper all the way to your exit…not because it’s being rude, but because it can’t read your bumper sticker. (Of course, you don’t have a bumper sticker.) This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Bink's Hobo

    Agenda:

    • The end of the world!
    • Alcohol and the ensuring discussion
    • Kingsized!
    • Halloween III Live!
    • Luke Perry, cig borrower
    • Leigh’s “friends”
    • Leigh’s Luc Besson
    • Widgett, slut
    • Drawing a hobo
    • Rox’s Halloween Zine
    • Hobo artist interview!
    • Deporting Leigh
    • Amazing Stories
    • Halloween viewing
    • Watching Rocky Horror
    • Janelle Monae’s message for Tuffley
    • King vs. Barker vs. Craven
    • Ron Howard
    • A rambling review of modern horror
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:46:46+00:00 October 29th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    The Midnight Meat Train (2008) – Movie Review

    Midnight Meat Train

    Written by: Jeff Buhler, based on the short story by Clive Barker
    Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura
    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart, Brooke Shields and Vinnie Jones

    My Advice: See it

    Clive Barker, genius that he is, hasn’t had the best of luck with film adaptations of his work. Sure Hellraiser was spectacular, and Candyman was pretty damned scary, though not completely faithful… Other than those, few adaptations do his text justice. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw The Midnight Meat Train, especially given its publicity (or lack there of…more on that in a bit). It’s based on the short story of the same name. It was originally published in 1984 with Books of Blood, Volume 1, and can now be found in the Berkley Trade published Books of Blood Omnibus, Volume 1, which collects the first 3 volumes.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:54:02+00:00 March 15th, 2010|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

    32 Days of Halloween, Day 28: Hellraiser

    Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition DVD

    Okay, folks. Time for a little history. There was once a time when Clive Barker wasn’t written young adult whacked out fantasy, but was writing totally whacked out sex-infused horror stories. He also directed a little film called Hellraiser, which made the Lament Configuration and Pinhead staples in the horror genre. Hell, Doug Bradley is like Robert Englund–you like him so much as the character, you’re fine with the fact he’s made a career out of crap sequels, because you want the guy to be able to cash those checks.

    But no, long before crapquels with names like Hellraiser: Deader (Deader? Deader? Are you goddamn well kidding me?), there was the original. And lo, it was good. Elevating pain to an artform, the Cenobites were great, great villains. And they weren’t even necessarily villains in the traditional sense. They were just doing their jobs. It really was a great flick. And unlike most, I actually thought the second film had some merit. But anyway, back to this one.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:25:51+00:00 October 27th, 2007|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

    Headsup: Horror DVDs Adapted From the Minds of King, Barker and Poe

    Christine DVD cover art for Children of the Corn

    Christine: Special Edition. She’s a classic lady in red with dangerous curves and a body built for sin. In Detroit. But when Arnie Cunningham finds her, she’s down on her luck and a bit rusty. Arnie gives her some TLC and some serious body work and she returns this by making him a bad boy out of a James Dean movie. Problem is she’s got a mean streak and she’ll take out anyone who messing with her man. Or tries to get between them. For Christine, it is truly apt that she is a Plymouth Fury. Stephen King‘s story about a car from Hell is back with three new feturettes on taking the book to the screen, making the movie, and the impact it has made. There is a ton of deleted and alternate scenes, and a commentary from uber-director John Carpenter and the other star of the film, Keith Gordon. (Buy it from Amazon.)

    Children of the Corn: Divimax Edition. No good deed goes unpunished. That is certainly true for the Stantons when they try to get help for a boy after he runs out of a cornfield and in front of their car. So they go to Gatlin, a little town where the children worship some old time religion. Not Christian fundamentalism, we’re talking a religion of the harvest, of blood, and of death. So Vicky (a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton) and Burt (Peter Horton) must battle the bloodthirsty Malachai, the charismatic boy preacher Isaac, and the god they serve, He Who Walks Behind the Rows. With this new edition, there is a new documentary on the making of the film, Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn. Also, you get a commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby, and actors John Franklin (Isaac) and Courtney Gains (Malachi) and a fairly impressive photo gallery. Come see the franchise that eventually convinced King he needed to pull sequel rights from his contracts with Hollywood. (Buy it from Amazon.)
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:30:38+00:00 June 17th, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments

    Candyman (1992) – DVD Review

    Candyman DVD

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by Bernard Rose based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker
    Directed by Bernard Rose
    Starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary by writer/director Rose, Clive Barker, producer Alan Poul, and actors Todd, Madsen, and Lemmons
    • Bernard Rose storyboards
    • Featurette: “Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos”
    • Featurette: “Clive Barker: Raising Hell”

    Released by: Columbia Tristar Home Video .
    Rating: R
    Region: 1
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Fans should consider it.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:57:47+00:00 June 6th, 2005|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) – DVD Review

    Hellraiser: Hellseeker DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Carl Dupre and Tim Day
    Directed by: Rick Bota
    Starring: Doug Bradley, Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, William S. Taylor

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with director Bota
    • Alternate scenes with commentary by Bota
    • Visual effects walkthrough with FX supervisor Jamison Goel

    Released by: Buena Vista Home Video
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Rent the original.

    Surviving a major accident can be a bewildering experience. Especially when you live, but a loved one doesn’t. Trevor (Winters) for example, survived his car crashing and sinking into the river, but his dear wife Kirsty (Laurence) wasn’t found. He is naturally confused and emotional. His confusion is deepened when Detective Lange (Taylor) keeps asking questions about the accident since Kirsty had a big inheritance. Smacking your head against the steering wheel doesn’t help either. This could explain his memory loss (while seemingly in love with his wife, he keeps having hot, nasty, kinky sex with his boss, his neighbor, and his acupuncturist). But can it explain choking up a gigantic eel, having visions of graphic, bloody murder, and seeing a certain person in black leather with pins in his head with a highly decorated box? Is it all in Trevor’s head, are Pinhead (Bradley) and his loyal Cenobites after his soul, or is there another agenda in the works?

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    By | 2011-10-27T04:37:43+00:00 April 14th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments