In Search of Darkness, the crowdfunded and definitive documentary about the golden age of horror, adds an interview with Doug Bradley. We’ve got details.
One of my favorite horror movies from the 1980s is Hellraiser. The first three movies in the franchise made up my first ever horror movie marathon. I’m sure a lot of people have the same experience. Pinhead is an iconic character of 1980s horror. It’s only fitting that In Search of Darkness is adding an interview with the Hell Priest himself, Doug Bradley, to an already stacked lineup of 1980s horror icons. The announcement was made on Twitter from the movie’s official account.
In many ways, Hellraiser perfectly sums up why horror movies of the 80s were so great. Clive Barker expanded the story of his novella “The Hellbound Heart” when he wrote and directed the 1987 classic. It was a sweeping story about a family, lust, and revenge that managed to remain contained and accessible to audiences. It was scary, but the story was good and it’s still so much fun to watch.
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Hellraiser was augmented by practical effects that utilized their choppiness to make them creepier. And, Christopher Young’s original score is one of the greatest horror scores of any era. It’s eerie and foreboding on a grand scale. There’s this easy going feel that’s almost comforting. That may be the creepiest feature of the score as that’s a common portrayal of how people are lured by evil.
These were common features of the scary joyride horror movies of the 80s. One feature that makes Hellraiser stand out is Doug Bradley’s performance as Pinhead. The Hell Priest remains unnerving and frightening no matter how many times you watch the film. Bradley played Pinhead as authoritarian and monstrous, but he added a regal quality. That made Pinhead feel like an evil that was older, more confident, and bigger than we’d ever experienced.
Bradley has been a regular on the horror con circuit for years. It’s always a pleasure to talk to him. We can’t wait to see what he adds to In Search of Darkness. You are still able to make a donation to reserve your copy of the film on DVD or Blu Ray via their official Indiegogo site.
You really don’t want to miss out on this documentary. It’s adding people from all aspects of the filmmaking process and hitting every movie you’d expect and more. In Search of Darkness is poised to be the definitive visual encyclopedia of all things horror in the 1980s.
Have you backed In Search of Darkness on Indiegogo? Are you looking forward to getting your hands on a copy of this documentary? Let’s discuss in the comments!