Candyman

Candyman (1992)

Candyman first published by Little White Lies, as entry 68 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Graduate student Helen (Virginia Madsen) and her colleague Bernadette Walsh (Kasi Lemmons) are recording younger undergraduates tell macabre, can’t-really-be-true stories that happened to a friend of a friend, for a study on urban myths. The first such myth that Helen…

Hellbound

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II first published by VODzilla.co “Was I right? Is it terrible?” This question, asked at the very centre of Tony Randel’s Hellbound: Hellraiser II, articulates the greatest anxiety that can be experienced about a sequel to a much beloved film. The original Hellraiser (1987), Clive Barker’s directorial debut adapted from his own 1986…

Nightbreed

Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut (2012)

It may have been written and directed by the man whom none other than Stephen King called “the future of horror”, but it is still okay not to like the original Nightbreed. Sure, Clive Barker came to it fresh from his transcendent feature debut Hellraiser, and sure, it may still occupy a warm and fuzzy…

Hellraiser

Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser first published by Movie Gazette At its best, horror is one of the most subversive and confronting of film genres, able to tap into our deepest reservoirs of fear and anxiety and bring them oozing to the surface. Yet in the deeply conservative period of the mid to late eighties, horror’’s well risked running bone-dry,…