I remember the days of when I was younger and perusing the video store for something that didnt suck and that I hadnt seen yet. I always remembered seeing the covers for the Hellraiser films with the head hellguy Pinhead (is that his real name or just an affectionate petname from fans?) on the cover. He always creeped me out and I figured those movies were freaky, freaky, freaky.
But now Im older. So okay, Ill bite.
Uncle Frank buys shiny puzzle box. Shiny puzzle box opens gateway to hell. Hellbeings known as Cenobites tear Frank into tiny pieces. Bye bye Frank.
Or not. Eventually Kirtsy Cotton, her father, and her stepmother Julia move to a new town. Her father and stepmother take the old house where Frank used to live. Turns out Frank has escaped the Cenobites and needs Julias help to become, ah, whole again. Julia and Frank were actually quite familiar with one another, so she helps. Man, that must have been some good sex, because when Frank first pops up hes not much else but bones and goo (are we really that gooey without skin and muscle? Haha). Things seem to be going well for the two of them until Kirsty makes the horrifying discovery. And when she steals the puzzle box and touches it a bit too much, the Cenobites are there and ready to do what it is they do. Mmm feel the pain
Frankly, I wished the Cenobites were more involved. Why? Dude, they are freaky. Especially the one with the teeth (you have to see it to know what I mean) and Pinhead, well hes pretty much just bad ass. Most of the movie is Julia luring in men so Frank can soak up all their blood (though he doesnt do a very good job and leaves such a mess) and come back to life, complete flesh and bone. All right, I get it bring on the demons from Hell.
While Im admittedly not a horror fan, nor do I think tons of gore is what makes a movie horrific, here it works out well because thats what these Cenobites do. Theyll give you pain and pleasure mixed together to the extreme. I fail to see where the pleasure is, but hey, theres plenty of pain. The difference is that there are movies out there that use gore simply for gores sake. No fun. This movies uses gore because it sort of has to. Thats how everything functions. I mean, when you compare this movie to something like Hostel, then this movie wins every time.
Even though this movie is older, which means old special effects, its pretty good. Its gross, got some nice fake blood (trust me, if it was crappy fake blood, Id let you know), and the makeup for the Cenobites is great. Ashley Laurence as Kirsty does a good job of being totally freaked out most of the time. A nice mix of crying, screaming, and general hyperventilating.
Hellraiser is always going to be a classic horror movie perfect for the Halloween season. So make some popcorn (or candycorn) and hang out with some friends for a nice little Hellfest.
Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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