Hellraiser (RR) (1987)

Director: Clive Barker
Writer: Clive Barker
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Doug Bradley, and more.

Requested Review from Carsten Heflin!

The Intro:
I will admit, I avoided this movie like the plague for practically all my life. For one, I am terrible with slow surgical gore scenes. During a watch of “Prometheus,” I actually passed out during the alien removal scene. (Message me for more details if you want, lol.) Secondly, I was a bitch for horror movies for much of my younger age. So classic horror was never something I caught onto until recent. Yet now, my buddy Carsten requested me to tackle his favorite in “Hellraiser” and I obliged.

IMDB Summary:
“A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.”

The Oberrating:
Sheeeeeeesh, alright folks, I love this damn movie! Despite being an 80’s film, this was some of the freshest feeling horror films I have watched as of late. The horror was excellent from start to finish. The monsters were terrifying to look at, regardless of the 80s effects, which still were decently done. The story was captivating and I had no critiques for it even. Also, the characters and performances put into them were quite excellent, besides only one character. I just simply can not praise this film enough. When I think of almost any horror film that has been recently been released, then compare it to “Hellraiser,” I would pick “Hellraiser” almost every time. Highly original, even to today, and insanely yet grossly entertaining for the genre.

As for my critiques, I hardly have any. As I hinted to previously, I had mainly only one character I did not like. Ashley Laurence does not put on that great of a performance. She is simply comical in her yelling and announcing of what she has to do. My friends told me she is involved in the sequels so I hope she gets better.
Another quick note/critique… What the hell was with all the rapey male gazes in this movie? Very very disturbing…

The Wrap-Up:
I am ashamed it took me so long to watch this. I love it. I love everything about it. The terror sequences, the practical effects that have the capability to turn stomachs even today, the crazy story that grips you from the start, just everything. It surely holds its legend status firm.

Rating: 4.5/5


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