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Candyman (1992)

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Director Bernard Rose
Writer Clive Barker (novel)
Starring :Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Ted Raimi, Michael Culkin, Vanessa Williams, Rusty Schwimmer. USA. 1h

This was one of those movies we used to talk about as high school kids, only the most badass dared to watch it and only a select group of those bad asses dare to perform the Candyman Ritual. I have to admit that I have NEVER done it and I never will.

Based on a short story by Clive Barker called the Forbidden, this visually stunning movie tells a very faithful rendition of the hook handed Candyman, an urban legend with a little more truth than anyone would like to admit to.  A beautiful Chicago doctoral student Helen (Virginia Madsen) is researching the urban myth in the area which he holds most influence, Cabrini Green. With her friend and assistant Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) go into the gang run projects to discover more about Candyman, after running into some helpful characters Anne-Marie and her baby boy, Helen soon find herself captured up in the legend which is becoming more and more real around her as Candyman makes himself and his hook for a hand known to anyone who is involved in Helen’s life. Continue reading Candyman (1992)

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Hellraiser (1987)

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Hellraiser  (Horror,  1987) (18) D: Clive Barker W: Clive Barker P:  C: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Oliver Parker, Doug Bradley. 1h 34m. UK.

Synopsis : An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

TAGLINE : It will tear your soul apart.

Hell and it’s luscious playground of pain was once thought to be ruled by the devil and probably is, but what Hellraiser does is takes a sidestep to another dimension what is Hell on Meth and gives us a new dark lord of painful pleasures.
Created by the king of horror (or the runner up… ) Clive barker during this wild youth, we’re given a brand new hero and horror icon and his fellow cenobites, there have been lots of speculations on where Clive came up with his bizarre sadistic creatures clad in leather and bloody and akin to his other 1980’s creation RawHead Rex everyone assumes it comes from the bad boy gay clubs who play on the fringes of society, but none of this has been confirmed. Encapsulating man’s need to open the pandora’s box and to discover the unknown, this film wraps up the worst case scenario and wades through flesh and hooks to detail what could happen if you dance with the devil.

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News! September 2015

This has been a long time coming!! I’ve been trying to keep a list of updates and changes to the blog over the last month, so this is a recap of all the shizz that went down in September.

OMG I’m constantly neglecting my blog again and again but I’m trying to hard to catch up!

During August I managed to lose my movie book, yes i have a movie book, I keep it by my side while I’m watching films and think of movie lists, and pencil down reviews and article I intend to write about. I also list everything that i watch, keep ratings and plan this blog. So with the missing book I dunno what’s going on, yep I’m a little lost puppy.

Started up a new section it’s currently called VS! I was going to call it movie battles but this first post had nothing to do two movies batting it out but instead more to do with a single character so for now it shall be known and VS but it might change. If you have any ideas of any VS’s you’d like to see me add then please contact me by commenting on this post. So far the posts include a head to head battle of Pyramid Head against himself.

Links

A couple new links to add to the page.
Lingstar HQ – an awesome movie/tv blog https://lingstar4films.wordpress.com/

Also I’m finally letting the cat out of the bag about my awesome movie shirts, I can’t praise Dr Dekker enough for his amazing patience but I have a pretty awesome collection of shirts now. Rabbit In Red

Fuck it.. lets hope he doesn’t sue me… lets make it clear where you can access a pantheon of amazing shirts!

Vs

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You may have noticed a new item in the header, I’m forever trying to tweak the colours to make the header much clearer but i think what I’ll have to do is change my awesome background.. lemme know how visible it is on your screens, as I’m colourblind I have a few issues anyway. So the new Versus section is here and looking to stay as it’s tres popular. it might be on hold for October… but I have a lot of work in the pipeline!

New VS Section is here 

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5 Selected

I’ve got a few of these in the pipeline but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to jump on the RIP bandwagon and the first “5 Selected” post of the month is dedicated to the late great Wes Craven. I’m working on a list of great Hutger Hauer movies, lemme know what you’d expect to see on the list.

Reviews

New reviews are on the site which include

  • We are Still Here (2015) – a dark ad smoldering classic horror, with intelligent use of gore and great suspense throughout, with a twist of Silent Hill.
  • X Ray / Hospital Massacre  (1981) – a lesser known hospital themed slasher that’s worth a watch especially if you like a whodunit
  • Lords of London  (2014) – strangely has nothing to do with London.. or lords!?

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Lists

During august I managed to lose my movie book, yes i have a movie book, I keep it by my side while I’m watching films and think of movie lists, and pencil down reviews and article I intend to write about. I also list everything that i watch, keep ratings and plan this blog. So with the missing book I dunno what’s going on.

After finding my movie book I’ve managed to update the monthly lists.. I will get some more interesting lists published very soon.

Shorts

I’ve been working on a few shorts but a few of them were a little hard to get pictures for, finally managed to update the following.

  • Lot 254 – A possessed auction find or just a trick of the light?
  • Predator Dark Ages – Long awaited kick-stater film based around a medieval visit from our favourite alien

 

Post Discussions

POST DISCUSSION – Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) A in depth look into another weird and wonderful Cohen brothers movie.

With most of the year gone I’m going to have to start looking closely at a couple of lists, firstly my Selected films of 2015 and Selected films I watched in 2015. The difference being that the latter will include movies from other years that I’ve only just discovered. The stand out movie will be the Duke of Burgundy (2014).

Last and not least you may have noticed I’ve been playing around with backgrounds on the site a lot, trying to find something to combat the bland gray background that I’ve had since the start.

COMING IN OCTOBER

31 Days of Halloween

I’m aiming to do a 31 of my favourite horror movies, in some slight order, I’ve been penning notes and as I totally missed the opportunity last year this year will be pretty easy, I’m trying to include a range of films, black and white, classic, and obviously from the entire globe.

Yep! wish me luck!!

Clive Barker VS Stephen King

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Who is the king of horror!!?

I’m going to try and NOT be biased here.. and it’s going to be difficult.  I have read a great many of Clive Barker’s books and I struggle with Stephen King, I know it’s lame but apart from a few shorter stories I generally experience King through the Cinema rather than through pages of a book. Despite this I have been a long time fan of both directors but Clive always has an edge that I deeply appreciate.

Now that’s clear I’ll clarify one other thing,  I’m only judging films side of each creative writer here, I’m pretty sure King has written more books than Barker, and likewise Barker has probably had more art exhibitions than King. But both men have written and produced vast quantities of ideas that have fuelled  many exceptional films.

So what have they given us!?

Clive Barker W:31 P:16 D:6 A:10

Notable works: Hellraiser, Rawhead Rex, Nightbreed, Candyman, Lord of Illusions, Midnight Meat Train etc…

Stephen King W:200 P:13 D:0 A:20

Notable works: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Creepshow, Cujo, Christine, Firestarter, Children of the Corn, Cats Eye, Silver Bullet, Running Man, Misery, IT, Sometimes they come back, Stand by me, Tommyknockers, Needful Things, The Stand, Mangler, Dolores Claiborne, Dreamcatcher etc…

Key: W: ritten P:Produced  D:Directed  A:Actor.

WOW okay.. now where do we take this! Yes King has produced a lot more work, but not all of it has been horror, oh wait hold on.. it falls within the horror category, okay, so because he’s produced more he wins hands down!?  Hell no, we’re going to give  him 0-1 and then investigate further.

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Clive Barker has given us some cult classics in Hellraiser (1987) and the iconic PinHead character. He re-created a whole new brand of horror in a similar way that HP Lovecraft gave us a whole new horror universe to work with, Barker gave us a new hell and a whole new pain devil to show us the sights. On the other hand King tends to work with our oldest fears, reinventing them in new creepy ways. He gave us the playful Pennywise Clown from It (1990), Annie Wilks from Misery (1990) the classic haunted car Christine (1983) and many more. Obviously King had given us a lot more memorable characters as he’s produced more but who’s really the most iconic?

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Hate me all you like but I’m going to have to give this round to Clive, I give King full credits for making clowns scary again but honestly, they were always scary, Pennywise was a terrifying beast but only because most people fear clowns anyway, he was simply adding to the nightmare fuel, Annie Wilks creeps the bejesus out of any abled man, but she wasn’t anything new. While on the other hand, swinging out of the hell corner, Mr Barker introduces a pantheon of hellish new beasts to play with. Including the Cenobites and Whatever was in the Midnight Meat Train (2008) and the Book of Blood (2009) and the children of the moon who used to reside in Midian in the classic Nightbreed (1990),  have spawned on a range of spin offs and cosplay etc, while you can also argue that King has given us some pretty strange shapeshifting aliens in Dreamcatcher (2003), again they are just aliens, but I do admit they were somewhat distinctive. These are new characters at least for this reason I’m going to have to give him the round. But only the king of horror can dream up Rawhead Rex.. whatever he was!? *shudder* So that’s 1-1.

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Clive Barker has directed before and is has more films in the pipeline while King had never taken the bull by the horns and given even a short movie a try. I think he would be amazing if he turned his mind to it. But sadly he’s not really branched out in that way and therefore 1-2.

King likes to work with people in making his dream come true and is invaluable on set with his creative ideas Barker gets in there as well. To be honest either would be an asset to any film set that is working on one of their productions. I’m tempted to call this a tie but if I had to pick a side I think Clive has done a few more and considering he’s got fewer titles under his belt this totally outdoes King. Soooo 2-2

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Appearances are everything. For me seeing a director on the big screen is pretty awesome, obviously Hitchcock and M Night Shyamalan have taken it to the limit (yeah I feel another list coming on), but now and again someone will crop up, when I was younger I couldn’t afford magazines and stuff so I didn’t always realise when I had seen someone from behind the scenes. When it comes to these two superheroes I have to admit that I had my wits about me and could recognise these dudes from an early age. Barker has made a lot of appearances and it’s great to see him but he can’t outdo Kings crazy performances in the Creepshow (1982) movies, especially as Jordy Verrill, let alone all of the other cameos. I think that might be the finishing blow 2-3

King is the King!

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Please bear in mind this is just a bit of movie fun, both men are hero’s in what they do and no faults can be found in either really, Barker will always be that little bit closer to my heart but I couldn’t imagine horror cinema without either of them.