A nasty lil' auld box that'll bring you pain or pleasure
May 11, 2009
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.
A great horror flick that'll send legit chills up your spine. This film not only marks Clive Barker's feature length debut but it introduces the world (and pop culture) to Pinhead! If you don't know by now Pinhead is the coldest and coolest fiend to ever come across the screen in years. He only has an an extended cameo in this one but he'll be back in the latter films. I highly recommend this horror classic.
Not only does this film has some scary elements but it has some classic lines.
"What's your pleasure sir?"
"If you cross us your suffering will be legendary, even in hell!"
It's astounding to ponder that I was twenty-four years younger at the tender age of eight when Clive Barker's directorial debut scared me out of my hi-tops in that splendid year of our Lard, nineteen hundred and eighty-seven. The mind boggles, really. However, the how and why of that venture are at least as entertaining as the features of this disc, which I'll attend to in just a few minutes. From memory, I can't retrieve the paper name of my babysitter. … more
*** 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
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 … 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