Hellraiser

1987

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

129
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 72%
IMDb Rating 7 10 113970

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Oliver Parker as Moving Man 2
Sean Chapman as Frank
Doug Bradley as Pinhead the Lead Cenobite
Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton
720p.BLU
700.24 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 34 min
P/S 3 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Pretty awful...but in a good way.

When this movie begins, Frank finds a strange looking puzzle box. He manipulates it and out pop fish hooks and his face is torn apart and he ends up in a hellish world run by Pinhead.

A bit later, Frank's brother and sister-in-law arrive at the same house where Frank met his end. The brother badly gashes his hand and blood is going everywhere. When it hits where Frank was sucked into the other world, a new Frank starts to grow...but it's not fully formed and is really creepy looking. The sister-in-law, Julia, discovers this quivering mess of an embryonic Frank...and it talks to her...begging her to bring sacrifices to him so that he can somehow return to life as the sweet old Frank and not this weird 'thing'. And, given that this woman is evil and loves hot sex with her brother-in-law, she proceeds to lure folks up to this room...and to their doom. She beats them to death and somehow this is supposed to complete Frank's transformation...at least once he's gotten enough of their flesh. Clearly Julia has some issues...as does dear old Frank. As for Pinhead and his other assorted freakish friends, they don't realize that Frank had left their domain....and now that they know, they want him back.

As I watched this VERY spooky film, I was amazed that the film only had a budget of about $1,000,000. It's also hard to believe that it was made so long ago, as although some of the special effects are cheesy, they were absolutely amazing for 1987. Overall, a scare the crap out of you film....and while NOT the type movie I enjoy, I do respect what it was and how economically it was made.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Rise of the macabre

Despite appreciating horror very much (with a lot of classic ones out there, such as 'Halloween', 'Nightmare on Elm Street', 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'Night of the Living Dead' and 'The Exorcist', plus the best of Hammer House of Horror), even if not my favourite genre, it took me a while to get round to watching the 'Hellraiser' franchise. Due to having so much to watch and review, and the list keeps getting longer and longer.

This is the film that started the franchise off, and not only is it by far the best of the 'Hellraiser' films it also for me, and quite a few others it seems, is one of the stronger horror films of the 80s, though not quite of all time. What is meant by being by far the best of the 'Hellraiser' films is that it is the only one to be above very good, the nine sequels were very variable (leaning towards the disappointing) and the latter films particularly are suggestive of the franchise having run its course.

'Hellraiser' is notable for being the directing debut of celebrated and extremely talented author Clive Barker. His books have always been hugely compelling, with intelligent exploring of ambitious themes, vivid attention to detail and characterisation, meticulous atmosphere and distinctive chills and sense of dread, his popularity is more than well deserved. He also adapts his source material 'The Hellbound Heart', a terrific book and even better than this already very good film, and all those qualities are lifted off the pages onto the screen. It is also notable for introducing us to Pinhead, who would justifiably become a horror icon.

By all means 'Hellraiser' is not a perfect film. The ending is schlocky and at odds with the rest of the film, which was up to then very disturbing and remarkably intelligent and the ending felt like it belonged somewhere else.

Also felt that Barker's direction did occasionally show his inexperience, namely in some unfocused and not always necessary close-ups.

Most of the time though he does a great job, capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the book with ease and the momentum is never lost. 'Hellraiser' is genuinely scary with plenty of chills, unnerving dread, nail-biting suspense and a hair-raising sense of claustrophobic tension. It is very graphic but not in a cheap way, going over the top with the shock value and not pointlessly so, traps that it could easily have fallen into and ones fallen into so many times in horror. Personally thought the Cebonites were used well, they are still terrifying and using them as catalysts rather than focusing too much on them (mentioned already very well) added to the mysteriousness, they look good too.

It's not just scary though. 'Hellraiser' has truly inventive storytelling stemming from a unique premise back then and seldom equalled now. It also has some abitious themes like pain and desperation that are handled intelligently, giving the film some emotional power and surprising dimension not always found in horror, it is just so wonderful to find a film with a great concept seen recently that lives up to it and exceeds it even. Just want to say this is not trying to knock the genre at all, in case it's sounding that way. 'Hellraiser' holds up well on the visual front, some eerie camera work and lighting, the effects are far from amateurish and the make-up manages to be some of the most effective of the 80s.

The script is thoughtful with Barker's prose all over it and the characters show his attention to detailed characterisation, nobody is bland or annoying. The music doesn't seem to have pleased everybody, for me it was haunting and didn't dimish the atmosphere at all. Was surprised too by how good the acting was, have seen some terrible acting in horrors recently so this was refreshing. What a staggeringly frightening performance from Doug Bradley and Clare Higgins is particularly good of the rest of the cast.

Summing, very good with many great elements. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 10 / 10

Grim and grimy...everything a horror film should be

Let's make this clear from the outset: HELLRAISER is a classic. A low budget British movie, packed full of gore, torture and grisly images, it sounds like just the kind of film that gets made and then disappears only to be rediscovered by horror geeks some twenty years later. Not so. There's something about HELLRAISER that stands it head and shoulders above the rest, and that thing is the presence of writer/director Clive Barker. Barker brings a level of originality and visceral intensity to this film that raises it to the heights of similar fare like Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.

The story is overshadowed by the presence of Pinhead and his fellow demons, each of them an S&M-influenced being who delights in causing pain and suffering. However, the main thrust of the film isn't actually about Pinhead and pals at all; instead, it's about the ultra-creepy and depraved character Uncle Frank and his destruction of an otherwise ordinary family. Uncle Frank is truly one of the most sickening and twisted creations in cinema and the thought of him hiding in that attic room is enough to give anyone chills, I imagine.

In any case, this is a solid and eventful film; it's action packed, fast-paced and witty with it. The characters (especially the ones you love to hate) are well observed and the horror comes thick and fast, presented in a matter-of-fact, in-your-face fashion. Barker is just happy to get stuck in and get on with it, and it works. Yes, this is a film of the 1980s, so watching it today it feels a little cheesy. The rubbery special effects are dated – especially that upside-down demon, clearly pushed about on a trolley – but there's something endearing about them these days, and I'd still take them over CGI replacements. As an exercise in pure horror and skin-crawling revulsion, HELLRAISER works a treat.

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