As we await the upcoming Kevin Smith directed Masters of the Universe series on Netflix, the director tweeted something over the weekend to pique our collective interest, and that he did. Saturday evening on Twitter, Ben Enkler (@Bejanmeen210) tweeted at Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith) how much he loved the teaser trailer, and how in inspired it looked. In a move of awesome fan engagement (which Smith is known for), he retweeted with a reply!
In addition to all five of these movies being awesome pieces of 80s cinema, the very idea that each episode will be a little different bodes well for the overall anticipation for the series. It suggests that each episode is different and unique enough to stand on its own.
However, as a horror publication, our obvious focus and attention is on that fourth episode inspired by Hellraiser (though I will admit personally, I’m a huge Batman fan as well). The 1987 Clive Barker classic launched an entire franchise (which is getting its own HBO series soon), and created an iconic horror villain in Pinhead, or Hell Priest, his actual name.
Masters of the Universe was always more known for its action/fantasy vibes but let’s be honest, He-Man’s longtime villain Skeletor would fit in very well among the Cenobites. And seeing He-Man contend with him, along with other nightmarish creatures in a hellscape of simultaneous pleasure and pain sounds like one badass episode!
It also won’t be the first time that Kevin Smith has delved into horror, lest we forget Red State, Tusk, Yoga Hosers, or the upcoming Killroy Was Here. Granted Yoga Hosers wasn’t the best received, but Red State and Tusk made some very bold and disturbing choices. And whether or not you’re a fan, they weren’t boring or uninspired.
And with the animated style, Smith is free to go more all out, in ways that might get censored if done in live action. The world of Hellraiser is a vast and disturbing one, and through the lens of Smith’s warped sense of humor, and the creative mythology behind the Masters of the Universe series, it’s the perfect blend.
Either way, it will be really interesting to see what he does with this series. And just knowing that he’s pulling from such a wide variety of sources makes it all the more intriguing!
What do you think of the upcoming series? Based on the inspirations, which episode are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!
Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation premieres on Netflix Friday, July 23, 2021