Seraphim Films, with sales and distribution support provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has a pair of DVD product offerings ready on Aug. 25 for fans of horror maestro Clive Barker to savor.
Two of his early short films, Salome and The Forbidden are on view in the DVD release of Clive Barker's Origins: Salome and The Forbidden.
Before delivering such iconic horror treats as Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990) and Lord of Illusions (1995), he was a writer (and remains so) and a visual artist. Before the fame came — first as a writer with the “Books of Blood” series (circa 1984) and then as a filmmaker (writer, director and producer) — he did two experimental short films.
The first of these was at the age of 22 with the 1974 adaptation of the Oscar Wilde stage play Salome from the 1890s. Anne Taylor was his Salome.
The other film, The Forbidden, followed five years later and is a forerunner to his later Candyman … borrowing from the legend of Faust.
The other DVD release is titled Clive Barker Presents Jojo Baby: Without The Mask. Barker acts as producer here, with documentary filmmakers Dana Buning and Mark Danforth exploring the world of Chicago-based artist, master character sculptor and performance artist/drag queen, JoJo Baby.
Known for his expressive masks and works of beauty, the filmmakers show both his creative world and are given access to JoJo Baby as he talks about his upbringing, his pain and a life devoted to the creative process.