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Hellraiser - DVD - Horror

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Damn, that must have been some good sex.

  • Oct 23, 2007
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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 didn’t suck and that I hadn’t 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 I’m older. So okay, I’ll 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 Julia’s 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 he’s 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 he’s pretty much just bad ass. Most of the movie is Julia luring in men so Frank can soak up all their blood (though he doesn’t 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 I’m admittedly not a horror fan, nor do I think tons of gore is what makes a movie horrific, here it works out well because that’s what these Cenobites do. They’ll give you pain and pleasure mixed together to the extreme. I fail to see where the pleasure is, but hey, there’s plenty of pain. The difference is that there are movies out there that use gore simply for gore’s sake. No fun. This movies uses gore because it sort of has to. That’s 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, it’s pretty good. It’s gross, got some nice fake blood (trust me, if it was crappy fake blood, I’d 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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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

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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
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Director: Clive Barker
Genre: Horror
Release Date: September 18, 1987
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Clive Barker
Runtime: 94 Minutes
Studio: Cinemarque Entertainment BV, New World Production
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