According to ancient legends, Leviathan existed before there was life, but when life was created, nature and Chaos exploded across the world, spilling into his perfect order. There are so many anecdotes, and sometimes even conflicting stories it was way back in 1987 afterall. No sooner had he risen from the mud, he reached for his first weapon and laying waste to everything around him, slaughtering his enemies, stealing their skins, as no creature ever had, to drape over his own. Leviathan is a worthy tribute to Clive Barker's flesh-ripping original films. You get everything here and more! This review can be summed up fairly quickly- do you like the Hellraiser films? With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, we hope to bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films. It emits beams of black light that causes those hit by them to see and feel their sins and wrongdoings.
The creator of the and all beings in his dimension serve its will absolutely, willingly or otherwise. Then I dove right into his highly intense and grotesque new novel, The Scarlet Gospels, which sent Pinhead out with a bang. I also liked how the interviews were mixed with behind the scenes video of the effects guys working their magic on set and the custom artwork from the makers of the film. They knew it was gonna suck! The sound that repeatedly emanates from Leviathan is Morse code for G. . I know that if you're anything like me, that's a fool's request and you'll binge-watch the whole thing and that's fine.
Not for the casual fan, Leviathan delves deeper into every aspect of the Hellraiser than the sum total of all previous featurettes and interviews put together. When a damned soul first lays eyes on Leviathan, it appears rather innocuous; a simply and perfect geometric shape spinning at the center of its world - his world. Apologies for the late notice. There's so much to be told between those films to make another huge documentary. Narrated by Oliver Smith, it features input in terms of both newly-recorded interviews and archival interviews from Doug Bradley, Clare Higgins, Simon Bamford who played Butterball , Ashley Laurence, Geoff Portass, Oliver Parker one of the removal men in the film , Bob Keen, Peter Atkins the writer of the second film , Robin Vidgeon the director of photography on Hellraiser , producer Christopher Figg, Kenneth Cranham, Andy Robinson, camera operator David Worley, Barbie Wilde the female Cenobite from Hellbound and Nicholas Vince the Chatterer. People talk about amazing his books are, and yet I came out of the film not knowing the title of a single one of his books. And he wasn't that fond of the script either.
It was another day of 100 degree temperatures in Arizona, and I was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Hellraiser, reading stuff and watching clips from The Scarlet Box, when I heard a knock at the door. Most documentaries about the making of films should last for either an hour or two. Every interview is in its own silo with no commentary or corrections or clarifications asked for. Everyone in every department involved gets their time to shine from the directors on down. The insert is written by Phil and Sarah Stokes, with information from their Clive Barker archives. Mostly it's one middle-aged the movie is several decades old, after all person after another talking about how much of a genius Barker is and how amazing it is that they were able to know him. I cant imagine anyone giving this documentary a lower score then 10.
First off, from a production standpoint everything is first class. There are some great anecdotes, such as Bob Keen recounting his visit to an autopsy with Clive Barker in preparation for the creation of 'skinless' Frank; Keen was repulsed to the point of vomiting, whilst Barker found the experience disappointing and considered the corpse to look simply like someone on whom strips of bacon had been placed. The man is a genius! In that respect, Leviathan pales in comparison to other, better Horror Docs, like Crystal Lake Memories or Never Sleep Again. Who'd want to sit through all that? And the pacing of this doc is so slow and there's barely any behind the scenes footage, so it is mostly people talking, which makes it even more mind numbingly boring. Doug Bradley is as always very fun to listen to , Imogen Boorman is just such an adorable person and the perfect of many hosts for this doc. Rotunda Films are an independent film production company based in Birmingham.
Ranging from self-depreciating honesty to steely resolve, it is clear that it was not always plain sailing for those involved in the production of the Hellraiser series. Included in it are interviews with special effects designer Bob Keen, image animator Geoff Portass, Ashley Laurence archival footage , Doug Bradley Pinhead , director of photography Robin Vidgeon, producer Christopher Figg, and director Clive Barker archival footage , amongst others. The Arrow set goes into much more detail on the Coil-Barker connection. Two of the key players do not appear except in archival footage. Leviathan showed man how to use these against his world, that he may bring all life around him to its knees, bend it to his will and destroy all that stood in his way.
Anyway, what I saw dealt only with Hellraiser and Clive Barker, for what it's worth. The other thing I have mixed feelings about is the music. He probably gets off on them. Clive was disappointed because he thought it look like bacon strips put on him. In fact, the Arrow Video release is very extensive, and as I understand it was expanded to the point that it had to be turned into two documentaries.
This is a good chance for anyone who missed out getting a copy of this wonderful documentary! There are a lot of perspectives from cast and crew, even from Barbie Wilde and Ken Cranham, who were not in Hellraiser, but were a big part of Hellraiser 2. Now, I don't know how long this whole doc actually lasts for, but the video I watched lasted for 4 and a half hours. It feeds on the souls of those that are brought to Hell, but are deemed unworthy to become Cenobites. I don't think I will see another documentary for a movie franchise I love or for any other movie for that matter that can change my mind on this being the best one out there. Whose stupid idea was that? The details on how to.
You already know that, but it is fascinating to hear the stories behind the production of the first two classics. Don't get us wrong, both parts of this movie, and it's bonus features, were a compelling watch, but as huge fans of Hellraiser and all things Clive Barker, we wanted there to be more good stuff, and in a shorter runtime. It satisfies the fan in me to such a degree that i can't think of anything more to say other just track. Oliver Smith narrates this documentary about the 'Hellraiser' franchise. I don't like to criticize independent labor-of-love productions, but this is just not a good documentary -- unless you're interested in hearing a lot of people talk about what a genius they think Clive Barker is. Leviathan is an ambitious documentary that succeeds in detailing happenings and personalities off camera, beginning with the early history of Clive Barker, the Dog Company , and New World.