HELLRAISER. Not many need to be told that Clive Barker’s directorial debut was an instant sensation when it burst onto the cinematic landscape in 1987, spawning a character that would become an icon, eight sequels, and a capital-C career. Like HALLOWEEN, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST and other classics in the horror pantheon, the title alone conveys it all. But this doesn't seem to be the case with his follow-up, 1990’s NIGHTBREED, nor 1995’s LORD OF ILLUSIONS. For while Barker’s seen varying degrees of filmic success post-HELLRAISER as a producer (GODS AND MONSTERS, most notably), these two later works, which he also both wrote and directed, never seemed to fully capitalize on the great promise shown in his auspicious arrival.