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Actor Doug Bradley, who portrays Pinhead in Clive Barker's Hellraiser films, gives his own unique and personal guide to cinema monsters and the men who portray them, including legends Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, and unforgettable creatures like The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also examines the many roles Actor Doug Bradley, who portrays Pinhead in Clive Barker's Hellraiser films, gives his own unique and personal guide to cinema monsters and the men who portray them, including legends Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, and unforgettable creatures like The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also examines the many roles the mask has played throughout time, and the physical rigours that actors who play monsters must endure. (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Jason (Friday the 13th). Plus, of course, Bradley recounts the making of the Hellraiser movies in detail, revealing just what it's like to actually be the man behind the mask.


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Actor Doug Bradley, who portrays Pinhead in Clive Barker's Hellraiser films, gives his own unique and personal guide to cinema monsters and the men who portray them, including legends Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, and unforgettable creatures like The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also examines the many roles Actor Doug Bradley, who portrays Pinhead in Clive Barker's Hellraiser films, gives his own unique and personal guide to cinema monsters and the men who portray them, including legends Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff, and unforgettable creatures like The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also examines the many roles the mask has played throughout time, and the physical rigours that actors who play monsters must endure. (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Jason (Friday the 13th). Plus, of course, Bradley recounts the making of the Hellraiser movies in detail, revealing just what it's like to actually be the man behind the mask.

30 review for Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I recently picked up this book on the recommendation of my Husband. Anything I thought this book was going to be was quickly dismissed when I began reading. With a wonderful foreword by Clive Barker, the book sets out with purpose and clarity. Doug Bradley introduces us to the masked actor right from the very beginnings – the Mask. Where did it come from and how did it reach the stage? From there, how did it reach our screens? I’ve always been a big fan of older films, having spent a lot of time I recently picked up this book on the recommendation of my Husband. Anything I thought this book was going to be was quickly dismissed when I began reading. With a wonderful foreword by Clive Barker, the book sets out with purpose and clarity. Doug Bradley introduces us to the masked actor right from the very beginnings – the Mask. Where did it come from and how did it reach the stage? From there, how did it reach our screens? I’ve always been a big fan of older films, having spent a lot of time with my Grandmother growing up I was raised on Carry On films and Agatha Christie. I suppose my love of horror was forged on those days, sitting in my Grandma’s living room watching Carry On Screaming and Murder on The Nile. No wonder I developed a keen interest in the minds of serial killers – much to my Mother’s Horror. Following on from that I fell in love with Vincent Price, a man with the most wonderful stage presence. I’m not a stranger to the power of physical effects – an example for Vincent Price is The Abominable Dr Phibes and House of Wax, both of which are mentioned in the book and both of which had him masked. Funnily enough I never put a lot of thought into Lon Chaney, whilst he’s certainly far before my time he’s a huge influence when it comes to make up and film making. I no longer want to be as good at make up as {insert pretty girl here} forget that! I want to be as good as Lon Chaney! A budding Chaney fan this book has definitely forged, I was also very pleased to discover that my amazon prime account entitles me to watch quite a few Lon Chaney films! I always knew that physical effects could be very detrimental to the actor, but what I read in this book really impressed me. The things these people went through for their art, in the case of Boris Karloff even ending up with small scars from him time as Frankenstein’s Monster! Imagine if you scarred your actor now! It’s definitely true that modern actors don’t know the half of it when it comes to make up and effects – and I acknowledge that that goes for many other walks of life if not all of them when it comes to the development and modernisation the world has seen. Doug Bradley goes on to explain experiences of many other actors before he reaches his own experience, many of which had me putting the book down to tell my husband all about it, and to give him his due – having read this book already and probably tried to tell me half these things before he never faltered in pretending to be interested. He sat and smiled and nodded and enthusiastically encouraged me to be excited about it all. The experience of Doug Bradley as Hellraiser’s Pin Head still had it’s difficulties, whilst I’ve said they’ve got it easy compared to older actors that is not to say that it’s easy! I mean, I’d say being covered in latex and struggling with contact lenses was bad enough for him – but then there are actors who sat drying out under a heat lamp and having a cigarette while covered in potentially explosive materials – so from that point of view.. I absolutely loved this book, it’s extremely interesting and has left me with both an excited yearning to learn more and a disappointment that it’s a world I’ll never get to be a part of, which to me at least, is absolutely what this sort of literature is for. If I could ask for anything in the world, it wouldn’t be to be the make up artist – I am far from being capable of that level of talent, and it wouldn’t be to be transformed into a monster, although I wouldn’t turn down a chance probably. No, my simplest wish is to be able to watch and possibly assist both of these talented parties and see a Human being transformed before my eyes. That, would be my current dream

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aaron the Pink Donut

    A fun and fast read. This book grew out of Doug Bradley’s (Hellraiser’s Pinhead) Short lectures he gives when he does the horror/ Sci-fi convention circuit. An amusing and informative romp threw the history of horror cinema with a focus on “masked actors”. His personal reflections on the makeup process of the Hellraiser movies are the real gem of this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryn Grover

    Excellent treatment on masks and horror actors ranging from cave paintings to the modern classics of Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and Pinhead (of course) with stops along the way with all the old classics portrayed by Price, Chaney, Lugosi, and more. The process of masking making and movie making is explored for its impact on the actor and the roles played and how it interacts with the viewing audiences to create a life of its own. Well worth the read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo

    Aunque ya tiene un montón de años publicado, este libro es un muy buen ensayo en el que Doug Bradley (un actor muy versátil a pesar de ser conocido principalmente por las películas de "Hellraiser") pasa revista a la historia del terror en el cine desde el punto de vista de aquellos actores que, como él, se pusieron en la piel de los monstruos cinematográficos. A partir de allí explora no sólo la historia de los efectos especiales prácticos (su sección acerca de Lon Chaney y posteriormente los mo Aunque ya tiene un montón de años publicado, este libro es un muy buen ensayo en el que Doug Bradley (un actor muy versátil a pesar de ser conocido principalmente por las películas de "Hellraiser") pasa revista a la historia del terror en el cine desde el punto de vista de aquellos actores que, como él, se pusieron en la piel de los monstruos cinematográficos. A partir de allí explora no sólo la historia de los efectos especiales prácticos (su sección acerca de Lon Chaney y posteriormente los monstruos de Universal es de lo mejor del libro) sino también en el ritual de la máscara y lo que significa para un actor de formación clásica. Muy bueno incluso si no se sabe mucho sobre este tema.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jack Vessly

    This book was beyond insightful. It chronicled the history of the men and women who wore the classic and obsure horror masks, working through the generations. I enjoyed the journey as it was told by "Pinhead" himself! A delight! 5-Stars! This book was beyond insightful. It chronicled the history of the men and women who wore the classic and obsure horror masks, working through the generations. I enjoyed the journey as it was told by "Pinhead" himself! A delight! 5-Stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arnulfo Velasco

    Este libro es una mezcla de texto de memorias con historia de algunas caracterizaciones célebres dentro del cine de terror. El autor se hizo famoso (y se encasilló) interpretando el papel de Pinhead en la serie de películas de Hellraiser. Comenzando con la única buena, el Hellraiser (1987) de Clive Barker, y continuando con las siete derivaciones (cada una más mala que la anterior). El libro es divertido, aunque Bradley tiene la tendencia a creerse todos los rumores que se cuentan y, en ocasione Este libro es una mezcla de texto de memorias con historia de algunas caracterizaciones célebres dentro del cine de terror. El autor se hizo famoso (y se encasilló) interpretando el papel de Pinhead en la serie de películas de Hellraiser. Comenzando con la única buena, el Hellraiser (1987) de Clive Barker, y continuando con las siete derivaciones (cada una más mala que la anterior). El libro es divertido, aunque Bradley tiene la tendencia a creerse todos los rumores que se cuentan y, en ocasiones, le falta documentarse mejor o revisar sus datos. Curiosamente, las ocasiones en las cuales expresa ciertas dudas son, a menudo, aquellas en las cuales el dato sí es real.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    A thoroughly engaging book which is equal parts biography, theater history, and a look into how actors create characters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Syd

    I own a signed copy no less

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A good collection - it's a biography of both the man, the genre and the actors and technicians who inhabit it, this is good fun, illuminating and an enjoyable read. A good collection - it's a biography of both the man, the genre and the actors and technicians who inhabit it, this is good fun, illuminating and an enjoyable read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    outstanding look at the history of the mask as used in horror films by one of its most interesting users: Doug Bradley of the Hellraiser series of films!

  11. 5 out of 5

    TheAntiHeroine

  12. 4 out of 5

    Orin Bellizio

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