Hellraiser:Judgment Film Review (2018)

*Spoilers ahead…

I could not wait. Some would forget about it for many months until they casually notice the cheaply priced UK dvd for sale but I am a huge Hellraiser nerd and so I went for it, ordered the American region dvd. Was it a huge mistake? Was I let down?

News of this next sequel in the possibly increasingly low quality series came a fair ago. The film was actually finished and held back from cinemas or dvd release last year due to some distributor/studio reasons but thankfully they came to sort things out and we can now view this new chapter in the Hellraiser cinematic world.

I don’t know how well you know the movies or the original created by the legend author/artist/filmmaker Clive Barker in the late 80’s but many fans have become very cynical and jaded about any new entry in the series. Arguably the first three movies are best and certainly probably the ones most fans liked above the others. Those movies were produced with mostly big studio financing and it can be seen on screen. Around 1996 came Hellraiser:Bloodline and at the time I was really eager to see where they would take Pinhead and the Cenobites. Well that film sadly went straight to VHS (I had to buy an ex-rental from a reliable local store) and it was some kind of tragic cinematic mess. The director took his name off the film, the studio recut the movie which just could not manage to successfully put on screen the complex and ambitious tale of medieval times, present day and sci-fi future locations on a challenging budget. The series was gone for a few years until it returned with Hellraiser:Inferno, a more intimate smaller story and the new few straight to dvd sequels remained similar to that one in budget and ambition. There have been strong rumours that some of those sequels were made from old on-spec horror scripts which simply stuck Pinhead in for a few minutes and hey presto-cheap Hellraiser sequel to make some money from the loyal fans.

The most recent sequel Hellraiser:Revelations controversially hired a new actor to play Pinhead lead Cenobite. Many fans just could not accept this, and the film was largely seen as a real waste of time and a cheap cash-in mess, the actor receiving strong criticism and negative responses.

A couple of years on and Gary J Tunnicliffe, a special effects artist who had worked on several of the sequels since Hellraiser3, has given us this next sequel. Again many fans were very sceptical and weary but in interviews Tunnicliffe was stating that he had a fresh concept for this new sequel, something that could really push the series forward and not simply for the sake of keeping the film rights for the studios. He sounded very confident in what he was telling us. We could bare in mind that he did write the terrible previous Hellraiser:Revelations sequel but he argued that the studio did what they did and he had no say in how that one was made. He stated that he offered them a couple of new Hellraiser scripts, one very extreme and one which was basically the new sequel. They eventually did give him the chance to direct it and I think it was a good thing to do.

If you are a Hellraiser fan you probably know that in the decades that the franchise has existed, there have been many sequels, comicbook tales inspired by the films, new short stories and merchandise going off in various interesting directions. Some of the sequels could have done many great things over the years but as is often the case movie studios, producers and distributors get nervous or greedy and hold back and cash in or play safe.

With Hellraiser:Judgment it is quickly obvious that Tunnicliffe does genuinely have a great personal interest in the series, the world, the character of Pinhead and where it could possibly go. So the main storyline of the film is quite standard detective murder mystery but from the first few minutes it takes us into strange and bizarre Hellraiser places we haven’t really experienced since possibly the second movie. Be prepared to wonder ‘what the hell is happening here?’ before the familiar detective plot comes into play after the main title. It looks nice and nasty, all sepia gloom and dark shadows with weird characters and a glimpse of our second new Pinhead actor.

So it moves forward as three cops-two male pals, one new female-attempt to track down a mysterious serial killer who seems inspired by Old Testament scripture for his murders. Yes that does sound like the David Fincher classic Seven and many other cop thriller/serial killer movies of the last 20 years but this brings in Pinhead and Cenobites with it. Like most of the cheap sequels, again Pinhead is not in the movie for very long at all, but actually that probably works very well-remember he only appeared in the original for a few minutes but made a lasting impression.

This sequel does feel quite similar to Hellraiser:Inferno which also had a detective hunting down a mysterious serial killer. There are a few similar steps along the film in terms of narrative, and almost wonder why Tunnicliffe did not go with more of a different or unusual plot but it largely serves to bring in Pinhead and the Hellraiser world. Now, I will not detail every unusual new character or scene we get in this new sequel. There is a new character actually played by Tunnicliffe called The Auditor who is not exactly a Cenobite but works for some department of Hell. He works with Pinhead but not for him. There is a big change this time where Tunnicliffe decides to bring in the opposite of Hell:Heaven. The director believed that in the Hellraiser world or films it should be logical that both could meet at some point and so we see an angel speak with The Auditor and later confront Pinhead. This may not go down well with some long-time fans of Hellraiser but in some ways yes it does make sense. The budget of the film may have limited how this could come across on screen but it works alright.

I should consider this new third actor taking on the role of Pinhead, one of the most iconic and well known modern horror movie monsters of the last 30 years. Paul T. Taylor dons the iconic special effects makeup and actually I think that he does put in a pretty good performance. I did miss the familiar sound of the voice of Pinhead as we known it from Doug Bradley but that was not a huge distraction really. So the previous new actor has disappeared, possibly hiding in shame of his performance in Hellraiser:Revelations but I think I would be happy to see Paul T. Taylor remain the Priest of Pain for at least one more sequel. He also personally seems very excited to be the character and understands how significant and iconic the role is in the horror world.

The film does meander along into the second half with not really too much taking place beyond a mystery killer teasing the detectives, they argue among themselves and one of them goes off alone. Meanwhile the Auditor and Pinhead are also interested in knowing who the serial killer is and where he is. This links both sides of the story and thankfully there is just about enough characterisation for us to care about the detectives and what happens to them. A couple of big twists in the plot help keep our interest, though at least one of them is probably fairly obvious-again the detective storyline not hugely original but basically serves its purpose.

Fans will be please to see some familiar cenobites return to the screen and even a cameo from another iconic horror actor which sadly missed the chance to really do something maybe more entertaining, even if as extra deleted scenes on the dvd.

The actually ending is fairly bold, especially considering the previous line of safe Hellraiser sequels and Tunnicliffe has suggested it keeps things open for a follow on sequel in future. We see Pinhead confront the angel, they argue about what should be done with the serial killer, she tricks Pinhead. He decides to kill her classic Hellraiser style with the sudden flesh ripping hooks and chains but some powerful force moves around his domain and he banished from his role, made human and left on Earth. This ending may confuse or even enrage many long-time fans. Some may just think it to be really dumb or stupid but at least Tunnicliffe has taken a bold step with a very loved and iconic horror monster. We will seen the response over time, if not a direct follow on sequel. I think it actually could, and possibly should happen. Tunnicliffe I think is evidently talented and enthusiastic enough to continue the series personally and I would welcome that. The combination of him as continuing director, Taylor as new Pinhead and a bigger budget could offer something really great next time.

So is it a new horror movie classic? No, not at all. Is it a Hellraiser sequel worth seeing? I think so. Even horror fans not really big on Hellraiser may still enjoy it on some level. It has more gore and blood than some of the sequel, a better Pinhead performance and in some ways a more bold and challenging tale to offer on screen. I say give it a go, Hellraiser fan or casual horror movie fan of any kind.

James Parsons is author horror novel Northern Souls available now as paperback & ebook from all good bookshops and online. Also his two SF books Orbital Kin and Minerva Century as paperback, ebook and hardback in shops and online as well.

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Yet more Hell to raise…Hellraiser- Judgment trailer

There seemed to be some big problems with the release of this latest new Hellraiser sequel. The whole film had been made and finished many months ago but it has been sitting waiting for some distributor to give it a chance. The director is Gary J. Tunnicliffe who has been a special effects creator on several previous Hellraiser films as well as scripting the last sequel.

Before any images from this new film came to the public, Tunnicliffe had been increasingly vocal about his personal vision for this new sequel, hoping to make something very much connected to the original world of Hellraiser, and including familiar Cenobites. One major issue here was that like the previous sequel, original modern horror monster icon Doug Bradley would not be playing the lead Cenobite Pinhead. The previous sequel Hellraiser: Revelations-which does not yet seem to even have had a UK dvd release-used an almost unknown actor to portray the famous ‘Pope of Hell’ and many fans were enraged by this. It was very similar to a few years ago when Jackie Earle Haley replaced Robert Englund as Freddy Krugger in the A Nightmare on Elmstreet remake. That film really didn’t go down well with long-time fans and the Hellraiser franchise is experiencing similar friction. But with Englund and Doug Bradley both while very great actors, also getting older in years; if we want more sequels or to see the iconic characters on screen we probably require new younger actors. But how many sequels does a movie need?

There have been over half a dozen sequels in the Hellraiser film series now. The first produced by the multi-talented writer/artist Clive Barker whom created the idea in the beginning. The third movie went very American, but had some interesting backstory. The forth film was possibly too much of a challenge on too small a budget but fascinating. Since then the other sequels have been mostly hit-and-miss, and it has been noting that some were made from rewritten old unknown horror scripts collecting dust in Hollywood. Will this new sequel be the one to really reinvigorate the series?

How much is left to say in the world of Hellrasier, how many more tales to explore?

Well in comicbook form, Hellraiser has been doing great things over the past decade or so with help from Barker and others. The difference there being that in comics visually there are no budget issues, you can see and depict whatever comes to mind and also they are probably less likely to be so censored as films.

Hellraiser:Judgment is release on dvd/Bluray in under a month in the U.S., no UK release date as yet. The trailer does look like the film has had some very focused and devoted effort and attention put into it being something worth seeing I think. Plus the new actor to play Pinhead (Paul T. Taylor) does actually really look the part.

 

James E. Parsons is author of two SF books- Orbital Kin & Minerva Century, available now as paperback/ebook/hardback in shops and online internationally. His first horror novel Northern Souls is available now (under James Parsons).

THE BLOODY BOX-HORROR ON THE SMALL SCREEN

I’ve recently seen the first images of Bruce Campbell reprising his most iconic role as Ash in the new spin-off television series Ash Vs Evil Dead, filming now and due on screens soon.

I had previously seen some of the early poster artwork, and was mildly interested. I think that I like many others, may have gone with the idea that Campbell was simply going to appear at the start of the show or series very briefly but now I have also watched an on-line interview where he actually reassures us that he really is again the main character and the show returns to meet and older but still highly entertaining and goofy hero in a world with supernatural evil creeping up around him.

The show now also gives lead man Ash two younger friends who he will be sort of training up to combat the deadites, if he does not accidentally kill himself or them first.

So the show now thankfully really does look to possibly be good fun, plus it does have original Evil Dead director Sam Raimi helping to produce it. We never did get Evil Dead 4, but this show could very hopefully make up for that.

This has also got me thinking about others old cult horror films which might be good adapted to small screen. We are getting a few things like this now of course, such as Hannibal, Bates Motel and more but some of the more gore filled bloody fare could also be worth seeing.

So which ones?

Well some of my own favourite horror movies include Hellraiser, Texas Chainsaw, Hills Have Eyes, Dario Argento and Romero films. Some of these could maybe result in some interesting things when given an hour each week, or even put into a short mini series such as we now get on Netflix or Amazon.

Hellraiser could focus on a different house, home or place where the box appears each week or where the Cenobites turn up for different reasons.

Texas chainsaw series could be perhaps a little similar to The Walking Dead in setting at least, following some deep-fried American Texas law enforcers on the trail of mystery chainsaw killers, uncovering the depraved legacy of bloody death.

If some Dario Argento films were adapted to small screen, they could maybe take his Giallo mystery thriller style with something like CSI or NCSI detective series, but add in a spooky occult or monster twist behind it all.

We could see these kind of things happen I think, give it a few years or less. We already have successful bloody shows such as American Horror Story and Penny Dreadful, and films adapted to small screen regularly. The classic monster creepshow times are here.

NIGHTBREED:The Director’s Cut (2014)

This epic horror fantasy film written and directed by the hugely talented artist/author/director Clive Barker was first released in cinemas way back in 1990. At the time that version of the film had been sadly recut and edited under orders by the film studio and producers, to sell it as more of a ‘slasher’ style movie. The real film was never intended to be like that, and at that time so much of the film was abandoned and lost for many years, with most people believing that the original version would never really ever be seen by the public.
After close to twenty five years, and with a sudden amount of sheer luck and then extreme hard work and effort, reels of footage were found and eventually cleaned up over the last couple of years. After a rough cut which was then toured around the UK, USA and other international film festivals, a strong response prompted the eventual successful completion of the closest cut of the film which Clive agrees with.
I personally live in the UK, and so had to get a US dvd copy (no idea when or if it will come out over here yet) and hope for the best. Thankfully I have been able to watch it today.
Nightbreed was adapted by director Clive Barker, who had only just has huge international success with his first horror film Hellraiser, also based on another of this short novels. This film though, while containing monsters and including some bloody and graphic sights, was much more than a simple slasher or gore fest horror flick.
I first saw the cinema cut version recorded from cable tv in the late 90’s, and was already a huge Clive Barker and Hellraiser fan then. As many have stated, that original cinema version of Nightbreed left out so much, and distorted the story vastly. I did though easily love that version because I could see enough original and stunning imagery and characters and pieces of the story between the patchwork structure of atempted slasher flick. I had read the novel Cabal which it was based on, and while I could tell that it was the same story, I knew that there were parts left out, or cut short which was strange enough as it was a fairly short book.
Over the years, reading interviews from Clive Barker I found him and some of the actors and other involved discussing the tragic events which had produced the box-office and artistic failure. Clive knew that the film studio probably did have reels of missing film scenes and footage for years, but would not let him have it. Thankfully, a glorious load of extra footage was hit upon suddenly a couple of years ago-and here we are with the cleaned up and recut version of Nightbreed today.

I did see the rough ‘Cabal Cut’ of Nightbreed when it was shown in some select UK cinemas a year or more ago, and though most of the found scenes and new footage was of fairly terrible visual quality (the film reels having deteriorated over years slightly) it was so great to see more of Midian and more of the monster I had seen pictures of but never seen on screen included in the film.
I sat down this afternoon and enjoyed a restored and spectacular horror fantasy movie, this time a slightly different, coherent and emotional film. Most of the structure of the film is still the same, but there a number of extended scenes and sequences which previously were only a second or two onscreen. This time Midian is a much more wider, elaborate, detailed place, there are dozens more monsters within the caverns below. The relationship between Boon and Lori is deeper, more touching and real. We care for them more, and by the end of the film, it means much more to see them get through the entire dramatic tale.
It does feel less like a simple Friday the 13th rip-off, with Dekker moving back in the narrative in the second hour, and more of the monsters and world of Midian move forward this time. I would agree that yes, there could still be say around ten minutes cut down perhaps, but largely this is a very satisfying, hugely enjoyable dark fantasy movie, now thankfully given the true finish and version that it should have had so many years ago.

The horror to be continued…

So along with all of these current new comic-book television adaptations, and with a few of the major successful big genre series finally ending or being cancelled including True Blood, Once Upon a Time; we have more recently been witnessing the arrival of a few new shows adapted from cult horror movies or also a few in production soon. These include now Evil Dead, From Dusk ’til Dawn, Teen Wolf, Hannibal and others.
We really just can’t stop these shows, and often some of them turn out to actually be surprisingly good. With the reveltion of the Sam raimi cult classic Evil Dead potentially becoming a small screen series (don’t ask me how that might actually work…)should we question which of these cult and fan-favourite horror films should be adapted or not?
Which others could be very well suited to extended small screen series format?
From a few that I personally really like, I wonder if something like Hellraiser or Candyman, Re-animator or Dario Argento’s Suspiria could be great weekly shows? or looking at how the format is evolving, just long extended mini series on outlets like Netflix etc?
Are there some already that have ruined your memories of a much loved classic fear film or just changed too much involving the characters, plots and familiar worlds they come from?
I am not convinced that all classic or cult movies can move from big to small screen successfully, but one or two of these shows do happen give us an interesting new angle on known familiar characters and tales.

PHANTASM: A TALL MAN CREEPING BACK AGAIN…

I’ve just recently re-watched the often maligned and underrated horror film series PHANTASM, seeing all four movies in order for the first time. I had previously seen the first two, the the latter sequels were new to me. For those of you who like your horror movies, but perhaps do not know too much about the films, they certainly are something very different to most other fear films.

Having in the past been a bigger fan of Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Halloween film series to name a few which continued on over several sequels and franchises, this series was one which I had never fully given my attention to while they were being released.

A long time back I did somehow firstly end up seeing I think the second Phantasm movie-why that before the first, I am not too sure, but I think a friend had the VHS-and just initially judged it to be a really confusing and unoriginal mess of a film, which brought down my expectations for a long time, having before seen the very iconic film posters featuring the deadly flying steel balls and the terrifying Tall Man.

For a long time, a then placed seeing the sequels and original quite low on my list of things to do, and it remained that way until only I think maybe three or four years back when I finally saw the original possibly on television. Then, I definitely had the opinion that it certainly was a very unique, strange and fascinating horror movie.

If you have seen it, you will know it to be a very unusual film, regularly confusing, dreamlike and irregular for a horror film in a number of ways. Yes, it is sometimes a bit goofy, plain weird, but viewed alongside other horror films of the past thirty or more years, Phantasm certainly was a very influential and original film.

It was not just simply a ‘horror film’. The director, Don Coscarelli created a personal film, which was very bold and creative for the very late seventies when it was released. It seemed to have possibly had a strong influence upon films including the Elm Street Wes Craven series, the Halloween films and many others. Initially it frustrated me as I watched, the narrative chopping around, sequences seeming to jump around, possibly dream or reality for the main characters. Very much like Dario Argento’s Suspiria, it should simply be taken as a thrilling experience firstly and then judge and debated much later.

The second Phantasm movie did seem to possibly try to mimic a number of popular bigger horror films around at the time it was released in the mid-to-late eighties which probably lowered the quality and originality though it was still a very fun and entertaining sequel. The first three movies at times do regularly seem to just throw in a good few sequences which aim to just add some crazed horror action, while lacking needed narrative logic but then the series does anchor itself in a strong dream/nightmare and otherworldly extra-dimensional atmosphere which can in ways always excuse this.

I remember thinking that even while not seeing all of the Phantasm movies until now, and before seeing any of them, the video posters and artwork was just so strong and powerful and promised so much in terms of terror and horror on screen, but at least with the the first two in some ways they let me down.

I think that I was possibly hoping for something, another epic and grand series similar to the Hellraiser movies which I also very much adore. While those were initially written and directed by creator Clive Barker,in his distinctive manner, the Phantasm series were impressively and very unusually repeatedly written and directed by Coscarelli, who had a very different but still focused vision in mind.

It can seem frustrating in at least the first two Phantasm movies, that very little is clearly revealed about the origins of the Tall Man, his helpers and the threat they pose. To some viewers that might just equally be pleasingly mysterious and bring them back, ready and waiting for answers next time but others who watch the films could very easily be so frustrated and hellishly confused very quickly.

By the third Phantasm movie, things do change quite a bit-the actual production levels and style of the movie has been brought up, as it was released at arguably a strong commercial height for mainstream horror, especially horror movies which featured clear strong iconic monsters or villains like the Tall Man himself.

Again, at times the plot goes a bit crazy, illogical and silly, while the actual sets, locations and special effects are the best yet in the series, at times genuinely very impressive and cool to witness. Possibly more logical than the second film, a bit funnier, and maybe better writing the third certainly also ends with a last half hour or so of very impressive plotting, finally revealing at least some answers to the continued mysteries of the series.

Finally we have the fourth movie sequel in the series, and it a number of ways it returns pleasingly to the stripped down mystery and atmosphere from the first film. I would say it even in ways definitely redeems the series, and is at times very thoughtfully plotted out. While for the first half hour or so it again follows on right after the previous sequel, it soon very impressively opens up, and challenges what we think we can expect and know about the world of Phantasm. If that is to be the very last movie in the series, then it is most certainly a very admirable final closing chapter.

While often neglected and ignored by many horror fans, viewed as cheap or derivative but as a whole surprisingly influential, entertaining and original this is a series which deserves to be seen by horror fans who like things a little different, unpredictable, weird and nutty.

The Phantasm, films may not always make clear sense, and may irritate or confuse, but they still scare and terrify as good as some of the other recent horror franchise series. Don’t just stick with Freddy, Jason, Pinhead or Jigsaw, look to see just how dangerous and mysterious the Tall Man can be.

REVIEW:HELLRAISER-REVELATIONS

Right, I have watched the very latest sequel in the franchise that many might have prefered to have died off a very long time back now. Some of you might not even be aware of this new addition in the series, other might have already heard terrible things about it.

In the past decade or more there have been a number of weak sequels to the HELLRAISER movies, many known to be just spec scripts with PINHEAD thrown in somewhere, thus making it a HELLRAISER film. Fast and cheap, ready for the loyal fanbase who will garuanteed still want to see something with the name on it.

Well a couple of those previous sequels were not so bad at times I believe, HELLRAISER:INFERNO AND HELLSEEKER being quite good. This latest though, already some are touting as the worse in a long time.

One of the main shocking controversies is the hiring of a new unknown actor in the role of PINHEAD.

So then, the movie itself does come back down to basics, again. Very likely due to minimal budget, it also has only a few locations but that does not immediately make a film bad. It follows two young friends who drive over the American boarder to Mexico, and looking for a good time, things go badly wrong soon enough. This is revealed to us from their hand-held camera footage, as flashbacks throughout the film. In the present, their friends and families are worried as the young men have dissapeared. There are secrets and tensions between them all, and then one of the you men returns…

I do actually think it honestly is a reasonably good effort, and is arguably better than some of the previous sequels quite significantly. Yes, it has a low budget once more, but they use it well, and they movie revolves around the characters, and basic situation, utilising drama and fear well. It is more bloody, gory and darkly terrifying than other sequels, and seems much more like a true whole horror movie because of that.

With the drama and revelations in the tale, and much of the gore, it does quite obviously resemble the very first movie and second in a number of ways, and this is simply a good result.

Do not take the warning to strongly in the negative reviews so far-this new HELLRAISER sequel is worth seeing, and might prove that there could still be life in the evil little franchise with PINHEAD for a while yet.

And yes, the new PINHEAD himself-who could dare to follow the amazing DOUG BRADLEY? This younger brave actor does put in a credible performance. Not perfect for sure, could have been more restrained, menacing, but he served the part in an surprisingly entertaining movie.

HELLRAISER:IT’LL TEAR YOUR TV APART…?

Right now over at the SFX magazine site, there is a report of the legendary CLIVE BARKER creation HELLRAISER film horror franchise potentially into a soon to be television series of some kind. This news comes very soon after BARKER announced the chances of another of his films, the unfairly neglected but influential and fantastic fantasy horror NIGHTBREED also being seriously considered for television adaptation.

I am personally an ardent continuing fan of most HELLRAISER movies and the other forms that it has been presented in since the original movie and the novella written before that. Now, yes the last few HELLRAISER sequels have certainly been of very dubious, repeatedly shamefully low quality generally that this could actually be the way ahead some might think. It might rightly be that due to the success of AMERICAN HORROR STORY  and other lesser recent dark genre television series success stories the franchise was quickly considered.

In the very recent past the latest sequel in the film series, HELLRAISER-REVELATIONS has been released, but is most likely another cheaply produced dud in the series. I have just got hold of a copy, so would like to hope in some small way that there just might be some redeeming parts within.

There have been sequel movies, new short stories, comic influenced tales, inspired tales from other writers, hopefully more of the HELLRAISER world and PINHEAD from the creator himself CLIVE BARKER. Could a television series be the right, most suitable format for the tales? Where the movies sequel of the last decade or more have largely really missed opportunities over and again, would this be the chance to really give fans what they want finally? Or is the HELLRAISER world best left up on the big screen or feature film form, where the blood can really flow and terror go much further?

I greatly admired the first three movies, then waited in great anticipation for the fourth-BLOODLINE-which many really hated and then the chain of very confused, cheaper, more vague, rushed sequels came along. HELLRAISER:INFERNO was actually not too bad, and deserves more credit. The others do seem suspiciously like rewritten spec screenplays, with PINHEAD lumped in very briefly for a few minutes if that each time.

It could a sanitised, simplified retread, simply cashing in but could it be much worse than what the previous movie sequels have provided?

Angels to some, Demons to others, the Cenobites could be in a box in your own living room soon enough…

ROMANCE OF THE DEAD:HORROR LOVE

Today is of course Valentines Day, so let us think briefly of some stranger, darker macabre relationships of horror fiction and film…

From the begining there have been some tragically beautiful examples in classic such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTREDAME, DRACULA. The many film adaptations of all of these over the decades have focused at different times on the conflicted forms of love and lust between the anti-heroes and the ones they loved whiled usually doomed from the very start.

There was the classic BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, filmed by COCTEAU in 1946 and then the television series in the late eighties. Romantic, dramatic misundertood.

We could argue that in films like A NIGHTMARE ON ELMSTREET and HELLRAISER their is a bizarre form of love and lust between Nancy and FREDDY, and KIRSTY and PINHEAD in their own ways. Their was also then the fine SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and HANNIBAL books and film adaptations where Clarice Starling and HANNIBAL LECTER depended and upon each other with possibly a tragic kind of trust, loyalty, and twisted love throughout.

More recently of course there is the hugely dramatic youthful love between BELLA and EDWARD in the massively popular TWILIGHT book and movie series. The crushingly beautiful romance in this series ecpilses almost any element of terror or horror between the vampire and werewolf battles.

So today rember some love monsters, some monsters need love, and have a happy Valentine’s Day…