Headsup: Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Blu-ray Set

The Hellraiser Trilogy is comprised of three British horror films that tell the story of the Cenobites, a group of otherworldly sadomasochistic beings who go to and from earth via a mysterious puzzle box solved by unsuspecting victims.  The original Hellraiser (1987) was written and directed by Clive Barker, and was not only his directorial debut but also based on his own novel (The Hellbound Heart).  Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth followed in 1988 and 1992, respectively.  The franchise would eventually expand to include nine films, a comic book series, and related merchandise media.  If horror is your thing and you’ve never seen the original films, now is a pretty good time to check them out via the Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Blu-ray Set recently released from Arrow Video.

Before you even get to the disc content, you see this set is aimed to impress.  Housed in beautiful limited-edition packaging (including a nice sturdy box and newly created artwork from Gilles Vranckx), it also includes a 20-page booklet with original artwork and storyboards, five Cenobite postcards, a fold-out (reversible) poster, and Damnation Games, a 200-page hardback book from Clive Barker’s personal archivists Sarah and Phil Stokes.

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Your Weekend Justice #149: Stupid Whores and Cinnamon Buns

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that is offensive, morally reprehensible and should definitely not be listened to by impressionable plant life. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Fred from Smokey and the Bandit

Agenda:

  • Jon, Serv and the Ballad of Sally Ford
  • Jon is very kind about Widge’s age
  • For love of Wolverines
  • An excellent time to go car shopping
  • The Australian Red Dawn remake
  • The Walking Dead
  • The problem with being short a butcher
  • Menudo digression!
  • Tolstoy spoilers!
  • Rox’s drink naming
  • The Juan Montoya
  • NASCARcast!
  • Alcohol report!
  • Hola, Cumberbatches!
  • Star Trek and sex
  • Continuity problems
  • Angela Lansbury vs. The Cenobites
  • Oscar report!
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    32 Days of Halloween, Day 28: Hellraiser

    Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition DVD

    Okay, folks. Time for a little history. There was once a time when Clive Barker wasn’t written young adult whacked out fantasy, but was writing totally whacked out sex-infused horror stories. He also directed a little film called Hellraiser, which made the Lament Configuration and Pinhead staples in the horror genre. Hell, Doug Bradley is like Robert Englund–you like him so much as the character, you’re fine with the fact he’s made a career out of crap sequels, because you want the guy to be able to cash those checks.

    But no, long before crapquels with names like Hellraiser: Deader (Deader? Deader? Are you goddamn well kidding me?), there was the original. And lo, it was good. Elevating pain to an artform, the Cenobites were great, great villains. And they weren’t even necessarily villains in the traditional sense. They were just doing their jobs. It really was a great flick. And unlike most, I actually thought the second film had some merit. But anyway, back to this one.

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    Plush Hellraiser: The Box. You Snuggled It. We Came.

    Plush hellraiser by Koalajoe

    Flickr user Koalajoe has posted some evil looking plush Hellraiser recreations. Not only do you have a Pinhead pin cushion (can there seriously not be one of these for sale somewhere already?) but also a plush Lament Configuration. There are so many ways that such a thing could be abused for photos, it’s not even funny.

    Snuck onto the shelves at FAO Schwarz, for example. Or placed in a crib with a sleeping baby. Or just have it sitting in the center of a crowd of shredded stuffed animals and bicycle chains.

    I really have to stop thinking about this, you know?

    Found via MAKE.

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    Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) – DVD Review

    Hellraiser: Hellseeker DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Carl Dupre and Tim Day
    Directed by: Rick Bota
    Starring: Doug Bradley, Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, William S. Taylor

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with director Bota
    • Alternate scenes with commentary by Bota
    • Visual effects walkthrough with FX supervisor Jamison Goel

    Released by: Buena Vista Home Video
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes.

    My Advice: Rent the original.

    Surviving a major accident can be a bewildering experience. Especially when you live, but a loved one doesn’t. Trevor (Winters) for example, survived his car crashing and sinking into the river, but his dear wife Kirsty (Laurence) wasn’t found. He is naturally confused and emotional. His confusion is deepened when Detective Lange (Taylor) keeps asking questions about the accident since Kirsty had a big inheritance. Smacking your head against the steering wheel doesn’t help either. This could explain his memory loss (while seemingly in love with his wife, he keeps having hot, nasty, kinky sex with his boss, his neighbor, and his acupuncturist). But can it explain choking up a gigantic eel, having visions of graphic, bloody murder, and seeing a certain person in black leather with pins in his head with a highly decorated box? Is it all in Trevor’s head, are Pinhead (Bradley) and his loyal Cenobites after his soul, or is there another agenda in the works?

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