For those of you not conversant with the Hellraiser
premise, it surrounds a puzzle cube known as the Lament Configuration.
Once solved, the cube opens a gateway to a hell dimension
called the Outer Darkness. The demon-like Cenobite creatures
within promise sensual physical pleasures but this materialises
through eternal pain so intense that it becomes almost exquisite.
Leading the Cenobites is Pinhead, whose philosophies preach
experiences beyond human understanding. His phrases ("It will
tear your soul apart." "I have such sights to show you." and
my personal favourite, "No tears please. It's a waste of good
suffering.") are alluring rather than threatening.
Hellraiser Chronicles is a book which was first released
in 1992 to tie-in with the imminent cinematic release of Hellraiser
III: Hell on Earth. The format is pretty straightforward,
with a synopsis and cast and crew listings for each of the
three films, and then quoted dialogue from various characters.
Any fans of these Clive Barker stories (well, the first two
were written by him) will already know the plots and actors
involved, so this presentation is intentionally more about
the photography. As well as depictions of the three film posters,
there's a great collection of publicity shots and film grabs
covering all the main characters, both human and Cenobite.
more interest to me is the seven-page introduction by English
horror maestro Clive Barker (it's pleasing to see that photo
of Clive and Pinhead again), and the Stephen Jones behind-the-scenes
feature of Hell on Earth, called Creating the Cenobites.
The latter incorporates interviews with make-up effects artist
Bob Keen and Pinhead himself, Doug Bradley. There are also
some interesting pictures showing Doug receiving his make-up.
Whilst I don't understand the timing significance of the reprint,
it is entertaining as a film trilogy souvenir. For those of
you like me, who crave so much more indepth information, you're
certain to be left wanting.
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