Here’s your first look at the teaser-y trailer for the upcoming Hellraiser documentary, Leviathan from horror filmmaker and producer Kevin McDonagh (Idol of Evil).
Actually, the full documentary title is Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and if that name didn’t give it away, it’s a look back at the 1987 and 1988 films spawned from Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart. Clocking in at four hours, it’s kind of timely as we wait for more details on the oft-rumored remake following what’s been a pretty terrible couple of decades of sequels.
The first Hellraiser, directed by Barker, was a kinky sex and gore shock to the system back in ’87, and felt all the more transgressive thanks to its clean-cut London yuppie leads Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins. I keep wondering how much room there is for shock with the material given how some of the S&M elements of the original have made their way into popular brain space, all the way into our pop music.
From the official synopsis for Leviathan:
Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history, making of and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.
With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, we hope to bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films. Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and the their subsequent lives and growing fan base, we aim to show fans and those less familiar with the films both the technical skills, the creative idea, the symbolism and the legacy of these movies.
Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project we’ll be exploring where he came from, where his career had taken him and the inspiration for the story and world he created. We’ll be telling the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.
Leviathan will be out later this year, and you can follow the official page for update.