Wednesday, March 19, 2014

UK Production Wraps on Hellraiser Documentary "Leviathan"

"Leviathan," the behind the scenes documentary on the first two "Hellraiser" films has officially wrapped up filming in the UK. This portion of filming included interviews from Rupert Ryle-Hodges, the third assistant director on the original film, as well as some exciting details from FX make-up artists Simon Sayce and Beverly Pond-Jones.

Sayce is responsible for designing the films iconic puzzle box, the "Lament configuration." In the documentary he shares some never before seen images of the boxes original design and gives some insight on the hidden meanings of the design. To sweeten the sound of razors through flesh, or just get fans of the franchise more excited, a bevy of behind the scenes stories and rare images will also be included.

With the UK portion finished, the crew will now make their way stateside, where they will interview Tony Randel, director of "Hellbound: Hellraiser II," and the man under the pins himself, Doug Bradley.

Here's a refresher of the synopsis from the official website:
“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. [...]Through a series of candid interviews, behind the scenes footage, stills and a look a promotional material from the time and the merchandise now available, we will create a truly engaging and informative piece, with a few laughs and a bit of gossip thrown in for good luck."


-Nowal Massari

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