Archive for Clive Barker

EXCL: “NIGHTBREED: THE CABAL CUT” SCREENS IN TORONTO TONIGHT!

Posted in Events, Eye Candy, Fantasy, Gore, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Serial Killers, Supernatural with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB recently spoke to Russell Cherrington, the restoration director of Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut, the extended/re-purposed version of Clive Barker’s notoriously troubled second film as a director, for MSN Canada. You can read that article here.

Cherrington, alongside Mark Miller from Barker’s Seraphim Films and effects animator Paul Jones, will be in Toronto tonight (July 19) to present the new Nightbreed as part of Rue Morgue Magazine‘s Cinemacabre film series. The screening starts at 9pm and takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. West).

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MS. BARBARA STEELE!

Posted in Beauty, Festivals, Goth, History, Interviews, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Sex, Tattoos, Vampires with tags , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Today is 73rd birthday of Barbara Steele, star of such horror classics as Black Sunday, The Pit & the Pendulum, the original Piranha and Nightmare Castle. Those of you unfamiliar with Ms. Steele, start with Black Sunday (1960), her only collaboration with Italian director Mario Bava. Her dark beauty and irresistible sensuality have made her a favourite of horror fans for decades and inspired many acts of devotion, including this one by yours truly:

Barbara Steele tattoo by Bob Tyrrell

 

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TERRIBLE TUESDAYS: DREAD (2009)

Posted in DVD, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , on April 27, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

DREAD

Starring Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Evans and Laura Donnelly

Written and directed by Anthony DiBlasi

E1 Entertainment

It’s always great to see horror icon Clive Barker’s work adapted to film, even if the results are often a mixed blessing. Dread is based on a short story taken from one of Barker’s seminal (ha, ha) Books of Blood. I haven’t read it in 20 years so we’ll leave aside comparisons between text and film, but there’s little denying that Dread is the best Barker adaptation since the master’s last directorial effort, 1995’s Lord of Illusions.

Twilight staple Jackson Rathbone gets a chance to really show us his abilities as Stephen Grace, a bored psychology student who falls under the spell of the older Quaid (Shaun Evans). Quaid, plagued by his own demons (namely the psycho who killed his family in front of his eyes as a child), challenges Stephen to amp up his university psychology experiment. Their aim: to discover what their subjects dread. That the experiment degenerates into trauma, cruelty and torture should come as little surprise.

Writer/director Anthony DiBlasi manages to balance onscreen violence and gore with actual tension, with Quaid’s horrific visions providing gorehounds with their red red meat, while the increasingly fractured and co-dependent relationship between Stephen and Quaid provides an uncomfortable frisson of tension.

That Dread should degenerate into distasteful violence and unseen horror should be a given, given Barker’s taste for perversity. Kudos then to DiBlasi for realizing the flavour of Barker’s work while managing to make a film which stands as a testament to his own talent.

Rating: 4/5

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