CLIVE BARKER’S ORIGINS: SALOME AND THE FORBIDDEN

“Salome” is an ambient noise filled take on the classic Oscar Wilde story. If you’re not familiar with the tale, then there’s going to be some trouble. Doug Bradley and Clive Barker’s FX work are the stars in these early shorts. Honestly, I wish more filmmakers were given the chance to show this side of themselves off to the masses.

“The Forbidden” came five years later and serves as a springboard for later Hellraiser ideas. A nude woman is an accessory to much wanted desires, while a nude man dances for the audiences. The film plays longer and demands your attention. It just might be too much for people that just want spooky S&M enthusiasts from inner space.

These shorts have been released a few times before over the last 20 years. However, this appears to be the cleanest release. The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong for two short films that didn’t get widely seen in the 1970s. I’d recommend a purchase to Barker fans and collectors.

Release Date: 8/25/15

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