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Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser Part 2

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6.31 h 55 min2015NR
A feature length documentary uncovering the history and the making Hellraiser
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sleepyfish2Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 January 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Godfather Part 2 of Hellraiser making-of documentaries
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More of the same from the talking heads of the first instalment, but this time it’s Hollywood. Strange that there was more money and a slicker production with more going on but it seemed like people had less fun. There’s also seems to a bit sadness that everyone involved (with the exception of Doug Bradley) never worked on another Hellraiser.
Maybe it’s the pioneering spirit that’s missing or that it just wasn’t the first time again.
The only question left unanswered was whether the sequel was in fact any good?
My recollection was not so much but everyone involved seems to rate it quite highly, whether that’s love blindness or just bravado, I’ll probably have to watch it again.
Like an evening with some of the most genial people ever to conjure a vision of Hell, much to enjoy and admire.
Mrs. D. MoncrieffReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant.
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Absolutely Brilliant Documentary that interviews all those in front of as well as behind the camera who were involved in bringing us Two Great Horror Classics. The Doc has a running time of well over Seven hours and is spread over three Discs. Disc 1 Goes into Detail about Hellraiser (4+ Hours long). Disc 2 covers Hellbound (3+ Hours) where as the Third Disc contains extra features of unused and extra comments from those involved. This Is A stunning documentary and its just a Shame that it misses One Vital component. The Lack Over Co-operation from Barker who appears only in Photos and anecdotally.
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stuart gordonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
... take a gamble when ordering this & I'm so glad I did
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I decide to take a gamble when ordering this & I'm so glad I did. It arrived prompt from the seller, two days before it was meant to turn up, so top marks to them for that. This along with the Friday The 13TH & Never Sleep Again : The Elm Street Legacy documentary's has to be one of the best I've seen. Disc one runs just over four & half hours & talks about making the first Hellraiser film. Disc 2 runs just over three & half hours & talks about making the second Hellraiser film. Disc 3 is a collection of interviews, trailers & longer interviews from disc's 1 & 2,all in all if your fan & you can hunt this down then do so, you won't be disappointed. I would order from this seller again with out hesitation
Cassius ChromeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A complete Triumph!
This is a DVD Horrormentuary that has been talked about and in the works for a while now. As a fan of these type of features (Crystal Lake Memories, Never Sleep again) a similar format based around my favourite film and some of the most iconic characters in horror, the anticpation was almost too much to tollerate. Following the production from start to finish, getting frustrated at delays (and there were a few!) and finally the elation at the release all came down to actually having the dvd in my hand. Was it worth it, i was about to find out. Im not going to mess around here and il answer my question straight away. YES, oh yes was it worth it. The whole feature is very polished, looks amazing and is one of the best put together films of this type.
The nost overwhelming thing however is that you can tell that everyone involved, from the people in front of the camera to the people behind it have a huge passion for these films and what they are talking about. The knowledge and depth the people involved go into is great but not baffling and everyone is truly engaging to listen to.
So to sum up this is a fantastic production put together by some amazing people and a truely great legacy to, in my view, the best horror film ever made.
You were right. YOU HAD SUCH SIGHTS TO SHOW US.
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Rob R.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A book so in love with the imagination that it inspired me to start ...
Living in the world of Clive Barker this past year has been nothing but pure bliss. Imajica was everything all the fans said it would be. A book so in love with the imagination that it inspired me to start working on my own novel. Then I dove right into his highly intense and grotesque new novel, The Scarlet Gospels, which sent Pinhead out with a bang. I didn’t think there could be anything else that could top such wonderful experiences. That’s until I sat down and watched the very extensive and exhaustive documentary, Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

There’s so much material covered I don’t know where to start. For a documentary that runs over 7 hours, plus bonus features that run almost about 4, everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about the first two films it’s all here. Luckily, I was given the assignment of reviewing Hellbound: Hellraiser II! I quickly jumped at the chance since it’s my favorite of the series.

First off, from a production standpoint everything is first class. The interviews with the various actors and effects people are edited together very nicely. They don’t feel slapped together that’s for sure. And for such a long documentary, I never once got bored.

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. There’s a wonderful drawing of the bloody Julia that someone did that I felt captured the nasty beauty of that character. Smoking hot!

But my favorite part of the production was the highly inspired score by Lito Velasco. His music sets the tone perfectly and captures the essence of Christopher Young’s score for the first two films. I’m sure Mr. Young would be proud. And let’s hope for a official release down the line.

Some of my favorite interviews were with director Tony Randel and writer Peter Atkins. They share a great deal of behind the scenes stories that I’ve never heard before. They talk about developing the script and the changes that went along the way as Peter was writing. Also, Peter said one of the best things I’ve ever heard for any inspiring screenwriters to remember and that is when writing scripts “you must learn to understand to write in pictures.” That’s some great free advice there.

They also talk to the very outgoing Andrew Robinson about why he didn’t return for the sequel. He said quite frankly (no pun intended) there wasn’t really that much for him to do. And he wasn’t that fond of the script either. Writer Peter Atkins was actually relieved that the character of Larry didn’t return because “why would Larry go to hell?” He was never in favor of that idea.

But like I said everything you want to know about the film is here. You want to know more about the Chatterer face lift scene? It’s here. Or what about the in depth creation of the Channard character? They’ve got you covered. And most importantly was the infamous Surgeon scene ever shot? You’ll have to buy it to find the answer to that one.

There’s also a lot of funny stories along the way. My favorite being the story of Doug going “stir crazy” while getting tired of being put into makeup and not getting enough sleep! Also, when actor Ken Cranham got lost on the set at Pinewood in full Channard costume. And Imogen realizing that the device controlling Channard was actually “A PENIS!”

Another wonderful thing about the making of both movies is that everyone enjoyed working with one another. There’s a lot of great behind the scenes video clips showing everyone having a wonderful time. Drama was kept to a minimum and everyone wanted to make the best films they could possibly make. I believe they succeeded even though Hellbound is a flawed film compared to Hellraiser.

Director Kevin McDonagh and Producer and Co-writer Gary Smart and their team have created the ultimate Hellraiser documentary. I would trust them with any property they’re given to work on. Hopefully, they’ll revisit the world of Hellraiser with another combo documentary of Hell on Earth and Bloodline. There’s so much to be told between those films to make another huge documentary.

For any Clive Barker or Hellraiser fan this is a dream come true. You get everything here and more! So when there’s a much bigger release do yourself a favor and buy a copy. They have such sights to show you!

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Benjamin StevensReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Cenobitic treat for Hellraiser fans! TOP CLASS
I'm a huge hellraiser fan and I must say that this is a dream come true. The doc clearly shows that the filmmakers have worked tirelessly to find everyone involved in HR and HR2. The fact that Clive Barker is not present is virtually unnoticeable as this is the ultimate tribute to him and his legacy. The interviews are candid and funny and above all else from the heart. This is one of the best retrospective documentaries available and completely outshines others that has become before it such as Never Sleep Again and More Brains.

I can't wait to see what the makers come up with for their Fright Night documentary.
10 STARS!
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annakindlyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great stories from the cast and crew
The most comprehensive documentary on the towering first two movies. Very well researched and superbly put together. Great stories from the cast and crew.
Any fan needs to have this on the shelf
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Derek K NealReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perhaps the best documentary you will see
This documentary was wonderfully made by true fans of Clive Barker and the Hellraiser mythology. They compiled interviews from just about everyone in the films to tell their stories. The documentary is filled with many tales and information from the production of the films. It's absolutely amazing to hear the same story as told from many different perspectives. Definitely one of if not the best documentary I have ever seen.
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