Rumor abounds that Clive Barker's masterpiece will be re-made & that's a truly hideous notion indeed. I will try to remain calm here & less objective until I see the finished product but I also must encourage everyone to see the original work of art as only Clive Barker could have given it to us.
Yes, this is truly one of the most original horror films ever made & it's no wonder that Hellraiser stands the test of time. Forget all the useless straight-to-video sequels & just lay your hands on the first one.
Here we are first introduced to demons from another world which can be conjured by a simple oriental box of design in just a matter of seconds. Not only does Clive Barker succeed in delivering a chilling & demonic vision, he also introduces some of the most charismatic & elegant villains ever to grace the silver scream. Cenobites are the most disgusting, wretched demons we've ever seen but who could've ever imagined a pale-faced man with a bald head covered in rows of pins or nails? Barker must also be saluted for opening this pandora's box of sorts & bequeathing such frightful visions in ways that other directors could never imagine.
Hellraiser is a fundamental, psychological blueprint which covers many different dimensions or levels so to speak & touches upon sadomasochistic behaviors as well as exploring the sins of the flesh. It's all sick, twisted, but yet beautifully filmed in lovingly gory details. To top it all off, one of our villains plays the uncle Frank and many will remember him fondly as the villain from the original Dirty Harry movie. It just doesn't get any better than this and I can assure you this classic, mystical horror film will be remembered throughout history as the pivotal point of great horror films.
*** out of **** What I found to be imaginative and entertaining in “Hellraiser” may instead be revolting and cheesy to others. Whatever good I see in this film probably isn’t mutual with professional film critics or many other people (for the matter) alike. And I can see why. This is the very definition of “cult classic”. For once, all too many critics just plain disliked it. It’s not like “The Big Lebowski”, which garnered … more
Hellraiser is a dark masterpiece from the twisted world of Clive Barker. Based upon his novel "The Hellbound Heart", Mr. Barker takes us on a trip where people desperate for kicks search out for the ultimate thrill. A sleaze ball named Frank manages to get his oily mitts upon a gaudy looking Rubik's cube that he bought at a bizarre bazaar from a greasy moth eating merchant. Frank (never the sharpest tool in the drawer) gets more than he bargain for when he some how manages to open it up. … more
I've read The Hellbound Heart, but the fresh approach Clive Barker made in directing the film added "uumph" to an already excellent story. What a visual conception! Goobers coming up from the floor, the unforgettable scene of spinal cord meeting the goopy brain, the gelid, slippery goo, the half-formed rib cage - hello vicar! Larry and Julia Cotton are moving into the house left to Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wayward brother Frank (Sean Chapman). The house is a mess, … more
Pros: EW GROSS (yes, that's a pro, somehow, haha). Cenobites. Woot. Cons: Messy, messy, messy (so if you don't like messy, then pass) The Bottom Line: Don't play with toys you don't fully understand (NO I don't want to play a game!!) Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I remember the days of when I was younger and perusing the video store for something that didnt suck and that I hadnt … more
Starring Andrew Robinson, Claire Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley Directed by Clive Barker Written by Clive Barker Based on the novel "The Hellbound Heart" by Clive Barker 1987
Product Description In a place between pleasure and pain there is sensual experience beyond limits. And in a world between paradise and purgatory there is a horror that feeds the souls of evil. Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 06/25/2002 Starring: Andrew Robinson Ashley Laurence Run time: 93 minutes Rating: R Director: Clive Barker