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2013 Fourteen Days of Halloween Part Eight: Hellraiser (1987)

Posted by invizweb on October 25, 2013

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Director:  Clive Barker

Starring:  Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins,  Sean Chapman, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Oliver Smith, Nicholas Vince, Grace Kirby, and Simon Bamford

Based on:  The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker

Producer:  Christopher Figg

Studio(s): Cinemarque, Entertainment BV, Film Futures, and Rivdel Films

Distributor:  New World Pictures

Run Time: 1 hr  33 Minutes (93 Minutes)

Hellraiser is considered a classic amongst horror fans around the World.   It has its flaws as a film, though.  It is the story of an enchanted puzzle box which summons the eldritch Cenobites to spirit you away to an inferno realm beyond the boundaries of pleasure and pain (ok that flowery talk makes this sound  New Age and shit but that’s the power of language).   I did not feel any of the actors stood out in their roles.  The special effects in this movie also seem dated.  Also, the plot seemed a bit rushed.  However, all horror movies need antagonists and the Cenobites are classically designed, especially the lead which would become Pinhead (played by Doug Bradley who was a little more than “just there” in his delivery and depiction).  In addition, although they did not know the film would become an enduring franchise, the little that we saw of the franchise player, Pinhead, was enough to stir curiosity for the future (unlike films where Jigsaw or Ghostface are shown throughout over and over again).  The background music also set the mood throughout the movie.  The initial killing scene was filmed in a memorable manner as well.  Well played guys.

*** 1/4

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