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Clive Barker is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Animation British born on 5 october 1952 at Liverpool (United-kingdom)

Clive Barker

Clive Barker
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 5 october 1952 (67 years) at Liverpool (United-kingdom)

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English author, film director, video game designer and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into motion pictures, notably the Hellraiser and Candyman series.

Biography

Il naît le 5 octobre 1952 à Penny Lane, un quartier situé à trois kilomètres du cœur de Liverpool, d'une mère d'origine italienne, Joan Barker, et d'un père d'origine irlandaise, Léonard Barker.
Très tôt, il commence à dessiner et mettre en forme les images issues de ses rêves et de son imagination. Puis il s'intéresse aux œuvres de Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe… Ses livres favoris sont The Pan Books of Horror Stories, une anthologie recueillie par Herbert Van Thal, et Tales of the Mystery and Imagination d'Edgar Allan Poe. C'est en 1966, à l'âge de 14 ans, qu'il écrit sa première nouvelle : The Wood on the Hill.

Il passe ensuite trois années à la Liverpool University où il étudie la littérature anglaise et la philosophie. Il commence alors à écrire des pièces de théâtre : The History of the Devil, Frankenstein in Love, Subtle Bodies, The Secret Life of the Cartoons et Colossus.

En 1970, il tourne son premier court métrage, intitulé Salome, suivi en 1971 de The Forbidden.

C'est en 1973 qu'il quitte Liverpool pour aller s'installer à Londres. Il y fonde plusieurs compagnies de théâtre, dans lesquelles il occupe tantôt la place du dramaturge, du metteur en scène et de l'acteur. De nombreuses pièces s'ajoutent à celles déjà écrites et en parallèle Clive Barker continue de dessiner et peindre. À cette même époque, il travaille sur les nouvelles Les livres de Sang (Books of Blood) qui rencontreront un fort succès, notamment en Amérique du Nord.

En 1985 sort son premier roman Le Jeu de la damnation (The Damnation Game), puis en 1987 Le Royaume des Devins (Weaveworld) continue à asseoir sa notoriété. On y retrouve des thèmes chers à Clive Barker, à savoir des mondes imaginaires et oniriques, de la passion et de l'érotisme, de l'horreur et du crime. Ils seront suivis de Cabale en 1988 et Secret Show (The Great and secret show) en 1989.

Imajica sort à son tour en 1991, roman-fleuve qui demandera 18 mois de travail à raison de 14 heures par jour, 7 jour sur 7; véritable chef-d'œuvre de l'écrivain, dans lequel figurent 5 mondes différents, que vont parcourir les trois personnages principaux.

Clive Barker continue sa carrière d'écrivain avec des romans à succès tels que Sacrements en 1996, qui remporte le prix Lambda Literary, Galilée en 1998, ou encore tout récemment les deux premiers tomes d'Abarat, une œuvre haute en couleur, puisqu'illustrée des peintures de l'auteur. Ce livre s'adressant à un public plus jeune cartographie 25 îles représentant chacune une heure de la journée, plus une 25e.

Pendant ce temps, Clive Barker qui s'est toujours intéressé au cinéma, grâce notamment à Alfred Hitchcock et Jean Cocteau, s'y lance à son tour, ce qui ne sera pas sans souffrances. Encouragé par George Pavlou, Clive Barker lui écrit un scénario intitulé Underworld. Cependant le scénario va être réécrit sans en prévenir l'auteur, des passages vont être tout simplement supprimés, la réalisation sera médiocre pour finalement devenir une comédie rock au lieu d'un film d'horreur, qui sortira sous le nom de Transmutations en 1985.

Même déception en 1987, lorsque Clive Barker travaille à l'adaptation d'une de ses nouvelles, Rawhead Rex, avec Alpine et Green Man Production.

Suivant les conseils de Christopher Figg, Clive Barker se met lui-même à la réalisation pour adapter Helbound Heart, court roman qui n'est alors pas publié : Hellraiser sort en 1987. Gore à souhait, effrayant et pervers, Pinhead et ses cénobites ont vite fait de devenir des icônes parmi les fans de l'horreur. En outre, le film remporte un franc succès commercial aux États-Unis et en Angleterre avant de devenir culte quelques années plus tard. Fort de ce succès, Hellraiser 2 (Hellraiser : Hellbound) sort l'année suivante réalisé par Tony Randel.

En 1990, Cabal (Nightbreed), une adaptation du roman Cabale, voit le jour sous la production de 20th Century Fox. Encore une fois, il s'agira d'un désastre. Scénario remanié, budget malmené, la Fox remonte le film sans en avertir Clive Barker, et ce dernier est impuissant à y remédier, les rushes ayant disparu.

En 1992 sort Hellraiser 3 : Hell on earth, sous la direction d'Anthony Hickox, film pour lequel Clive Barker se contente d'y faire figurer son nom, puis Hellraiser 4 : Bloodline en 1996, où cette fois-ci, l'écrivain ne souhaite pas être mentionné.

Entretemps commence la série des Candyman, à l'origine adaptée de la nouvelle Lieux interdits (The Fordidden) des Livres de Sang. Le premier sort en 1992. Il est suivi de Candyman 2 : Farewell to the Flesh en 1995 et de Candyman 3 : Day of the Dead en 1999.

Clive Barker est producteur exécutif du film Ni dieux ni démons (Gods and Monsters), réalisé par Bill Condon et retraçant la vie du réalisateur James Whale, interprété par Ian McKellen. Le film, qui sort en 1998, obtient un gros succès critique et public. Il décroche l'Oscar du meilleur scénario adapté et reçoit des nominations pour l'Oscar du meilleur acteur (Ian McKellen) et l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle (Lynn Redgrave).

Le Maître des illusions (Lord of Illusions) sort en 1995, d'après sa nouvelle The Last Illusion issue des Livres de Sang qui, malgré une distribution prestigieuse et un budget confortable, est remanié par la MGM qui supprime 20 minutes du film.

À la suite de toutes ces mauvaises expériences, il faut attendre 2002 pour que Clive Barker revienne dans le milieu du cinéma, en écrivant le scénario de Saint Sinner, une mini-série télévisée pour Sci Fi Channel.

Clive Barker se concentre alors sur d'autres projets : la peinture, avec la sortie de Book of Art, mais aussi des adaptations de comics, l'édition d'un jeu vidéo (The Undying) en 2001, ainsi que la création d'une ligne de figurines avec Todd McFarlane.

Un nouveau jeu vidéo associé à son nom, Clive Barker's Jericho, est sorti le 25 octobre 2007 en France.

Il a longtemps été en couple avec le photographe David E. Armstrong (avec lequel il a collaboré sur Rare Flesh) et de la fille de ce dernier, Nicole Armstrong à Los Angeles.

En 2012, David Armstrong porte plainte contre lui, l'accusant de lui avoir transmis le HIV dans les années 1990. Finalement, sa plainte est déboutée et Clive Barker reconnu innocent.

Best films

Gods and Monsters (1998)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Doug Bradley
Doug Bradley
(10 films)
Simon Bamford
Simon Bamford
(4 films)
Tony Randel
Tony Randel
(3 films)
Mick Garris
Mick Garris
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Clive Barker (26 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Quicksilver Highway, 1h30
Directed by Mick Garris
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Christopher Lloyd, Matt Frewer, Raphael Sbarge, Bill Nunn, Silas Weir Mitchell, Veronica Cartwright
Roles Anesthesiologist
Rating49% 2.4560552.4560552.4560552.4560552.456055
The main story is centered on Aaron Quicksilver (played by Christopher Lloyd), a travelling showman who tells horror stories to the people he meets. He first runs into a newly married couple who are hitchhiking, to whom he tells the story "Chattery Teeth", about a man who is saved from a dangerous hitchhiker by a set of wind-up toy teeth. He later runs into a pickpocket to whom he tells the story "The Body Politic", a story about a man whose hands rebel against him.
Sleepwalkers, 1h26
Directed by Mick Garris
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Films about cats, Vampires in film, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Ron Perlman, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward
Roles Forensic Tech
Rating53% 2.6510252.6510252.6510252.6510252.651025
Charles Brady and his mother Mary are Sleepwalkers—nomadic, shapeshifting energy vampires who feed off the lifeforce of virgin women. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform (partially or fully) into human-sized bipedal werecats (presumably their natural form) at will. They are considerably more resilient than humans and have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Their one weakness is cats, who are not only able to see through their illusions but whose claws are capable of inflicting severe to fatal wounds upon them. It is revealed that they also maintain an incestuous relationship.
Rawhead Rex, 1h29
Directed by George Pavlou
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Actors David Dukes, Niall Tóibín, Kelly Piper, Donal McCann, Clive Barker, Hugh O'Conor
Roles Rawhead Rex
Rating53% 2.651422.651422.651422.651422.65142
Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes) travels to Ireland to research items of religious significance. He goes to a rural church to photograph some graves. Meanwhile, three farmers are attempting to remove an ominous stone column from a field. Two of the farmers head home. A thunderstorm appears out of nowhere, and smoke pours from the ground. Lightning strikes the column. The monster Rawhead Rex rises from the dirt.

Director

Book of Blood, 1h40
Directed by Clive Barker, John Harrison
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Doug Bradley, Clive Russell, Simon Bamford, James (Jimmy) Watson
Rating53% 2.65192.65192.65192.65192.6519
A hooded, disfigured young man is eating at a diner, being watched by a stranger. The stranger is Wyburd (Clive Russell), who has been stalking the young man, Simon (Jonas Armstrong). Wyburd convinces Simon to join him in his truck, where Simon passes out and awakens strapped to a table. Wyburd offers him a choice: a slow death, or a quick and clean death by telling the story of the Book of Blood, a series of scars and inscriptions carved on Simon from head to toe. Opting for a clean death, Simon reveals his story.
Lord of Illusions, 1h49
Directed by Clive Barker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion
Actors Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, Famke Janssen, J. Trevor Edmond, Joseph Latimore, Daniel von Bargen
Rating60% 3.049573.049573.049573.049573.04957
In the Mojave Desert in 1982, a man named Nix (von Bargen) has gathered a cult in an isolated house. Nix calls himself "The Puritan" and has the ability to use real magic. He plans to sacrifice a young girl that he has kidnapped. While Nix is preaching to his followers, a group of former cult members –Swann (O'Connor), Pimm (Traylor), Quaid (Latimore) and Jennifer Desiderio (Tousey)– arrive to stop him. After the initial confrontation with the cultists, Nix's assistant Butterfield escapes and Swann is attacked by Nix. Nix uses his powers, inducing in Swann the vision of “Flesh with a God's Eyes", causing him to see his friends as monstrous figures. The kidnapped girl shoots Nix through the heart with Swann's gun. Quaid and Jennifer shoot him until he falls. Swann snaps out of his vision and fastens an ironwork mask over Nix's head, who appears to die. Swann declares that they will bury Nix so deep that no one will ever find him.
Nightbreed
Nightbreed (1990)
, 1h42
Directed by Clive Barker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Romance
Themes Serial killer films, Children's films
Actors Craig Sheffer, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Anne Bobby, Hugh Quarshie, Doug Bradley
Rating65% 3.2987753.2987753.2987753.2987753.298775
Aaron Boone dreams of Midian, a city where monsters are accepted. At the request of girlfriend Lori Winston, Boone is seeing psychotherapist Dr. Phillip K. Decker, who convinces Boone that he committed a series of murders. In reality, Decker is a masked serial killer who has murdered several families. Decker drugs Boone with LSD disguised as lithium and orders Boone to turn himself in. Before he can, Boone is struck by a truck and taken to a hospital. There, Boone overhears the rants of Narcisse who seeks to enter Midian. Narcisse, convinced that Boone is there to test him, gives Boone directions before tearing the skin off his face. Boone makes his way to Midian, a city standing under a massive graveyard. Once there, he encounters supernatural creatures Kinski and Peloquin. Kinski says that they should bring him below, but Peloquin refuses to allow in a normal human. Boone claims to be a murderer, but Peloquin smells his innocence and attacks him. Boone escapes, only to run into a squad of police officers led by Decker. Boone is gunned down by the police after Decker tries to get him to turn himself in. Due to Peloquin's bite, he comes back to life in the morgue. When he returns to Midian, he finds Narcisse there and he is inducted into their society by Dirk Lylesburg, leader of the Nightbreed. In an initiation ceremony, he is touched by the blood of their deity Baphomet.
Hellraiser
Hellraiser (1987)
, 1h34
Directed by Clive Barker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, BDSM in films
Actors Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Sean Chapman, Ashley Laurence, Oliver Smith, Doug Bradley
Rating69% 3.499923.499923.499923.499923.49992
In Morocco, Frank Cotton buys a puzzle box from a dealer. In a bare attic, Frank solves the puzzle, and hooked chains emerge from it to tear into his flesh. Later the room is filled with swinging chains spattered with the remnants of his body. A black-robed figure picks up the puzzle box and returns it to its original state, restoring the room to normal.

Scriptwriter

Hellraiser: Judgment, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Randy Wayne, Heather Langenkamp, Rheagan Wallace, John Gulager
Roles Characters
Rating43% 2.1590052.1590052.1590052.1590052.159005
Alors qu'ils essayent d'arrêter un diabolique tueur en série, trois détectives pénètrent malgré eux dans le terrifiant monde de Pinhead et des cénobites qui attendent patiemment de livrer leur terrible jugement.
Hellraiser: Revelations, 1h15
Directed by Víctor García
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Steven Brand, Nick Eversman, Fred Tatasciore, Sébastien Roberts
Roles Characters
Rating27% 1.358161.358161.358161.358161.35816
Steven Craven and Nico Bradley run away from home and travel to Mexico. They film themselves engaging in several days' worth of drunken partying. The boys later disappear. The Mexican authorities return their belongings to their parents, including a videotape made by Steven that apparently documents their final moments.
Book of Blood, 1h40
Directed by Clive Barker, John Harrison
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Jonas Armstrong, Sophie Ward, Doug Bradley, Clive Russell, Simon Bamford, James (Jimmy) Watson
Roles Short Story
Rating53% 2.65192.65192.65192.65192.6519
A hooded, disfigured young man is eating at a diner, being watched by a stranger. The stranger is Wyburd (Clive Russell), who has been stalking the young man, Simon (Jonas Armstrong). Wyburd convinces Simon to join him in his truck, where Simon passes out and awakens strapped to a table. Wyburd offers him a choice: a slow death, or a quick and clean death by telling the story of the Book of Blood, a series of scars and inscriptions carved on Simon from head to toe. Opting for a clean death, Simon reveals his story.
Dread
Dread (2009)
, 1h48
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Actors Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Evans, Paloma Faith, Laura Donnelly, Vivean Gray, Elissa Dowling
Roles Short Story
Rating56% 2.849462.849462.849462.849462.84946
At a small college, Quaid and his friend Stephen do a "fear study" as a school project, recording people talking about their greatest fears. Quaid however is quite insane and wants to take the fear to 'the next level'. Quaid had seen his parents killed by an axe murderer as a child; this is his greatest fear, and he wants to learn what makes others afraid and what it takes for them to overcome their fear. Stephen's brother had died while drunk-driving, and Stephen wonders if his brother would still be alive if he had driven instead.
The Midnight Meat Train, 1h38
Directed by Ryūhei Kitamura
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Serial killer films
Actors Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields, Roger Bart, Ted Raimi, Vinnie Jones
Roles Short Story
Rating60% 3.0495653.0495653.0495653.0495653.049565
A well-dressed, barrel-chested man enters the New York City subway at midnight and stalks the late-night passengers of a subway train. He assaults and kills several people with a meat hammer and a butcher's hook. He dispatches his prey wordlessly, and with an unnatural strength. He wears a ring on his finger, adorned with an eight pointed star.
Hellraiser: Hellworld, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about religion
Actors Doug Bradley, Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Henry Cavill, Khary Payton
Roles Characters
Rating42% 2.1041452.1041452.1041452.1041452.104145
The film introduces a circle of youths who are addicted to playing Hellworld, an online computer game based on the Hellraiser series. The film opens at the funeral of Adam, one of the friends who was obsessed with the game and ultimately committed suicide after becoming too immersed in the game. The remaining five friends blame themselves for not having prevented Adam's suicide.
Hellraiser: Deader, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Doug Bradley, Kari Wuhrer, Paul Rhys, Marc Warren, Linda Marlowe
Roles Characters
Rating46% 2.3002652.3002652.3002652.3002652.300265
Investigative reporter Amy Klein (Kari Wührer) is sent to Bucharest at the behest of Charles (Simon Kunz), her boss and apparent friend, to investigate the origins of a video tape apparently depicting the ritualistic murder—and subsequent resurrection—of a member of a cult calling themselves "The Deaders". In Bucharest, Amy tracks down the return address of the VHS and discovers the corpse of a girl, named Marla, who had sent the tape holding a puzzle box, the Lament Configuration. Amy returns to her hotel and solves the puzzle of opening the box which causes Pinhead (Doug Bradley) to appear and says to Amy 'Don't think for a moment that you are not in danger'. She then visits some of the Bucharest subculture on a train where she meets Joey, who warns her about her the Deaders and notices that Amy has a 'self destructive thing'.