Hellraiser (1987)

March 4, 2016 - 12:26am | DMHead777

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Clive Barker
Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Doug Bradley

Hellraiser is a series that just won't die. You may be familiar with the character of Pinhead, but have you actually seen and remember the first entry? If you don't, I would highly recommend it because it's easily one of the greatest horror films of the 80's. The story is interesting, the practical effects are amazing and the character development is entertaining as hell. I am not sure if they meant to make this a franchise, but you would be doing yourself a favor if you just watched the first two and then ended it there. The third entry and 6th entry were decent, but that's about all the praise I'd give it.

The opening scene is as straight forward as it can get. If the film was made now, we would get this super long and unnecessary backstory of how Pinhead and the cenobites came to be. Instead, we get a random guy buying a box and the next scene is him trying to open the box by candle light. That's all the intro we need for a film like this. No precursor, just a man opening a box that summons demons. It is an absolutely perfect intro. As the film progresses, we unlock more and more information about why the opening scene happened and what exactly Frank summoned.

Despite Kirsty being an obnoxious character, I am glued to the screen every time Frank, Larry or Julia is shown. The flashbacks that involve Julia and Frank deliver some quality character development. Julia starts off with a Larry-type personality, but slowly transforms into this disgusting and more Frank-like individual. Most of the performances of this film are truly spooky. "Come to daddy" is said with such perversion that it will always stick in my head from this film. Hellraiser may be known for Pinhead, but I remember it for it's amazing dialogue.

Yeah we established that Hellraiser is the epitome of 80's horror. It has great acting and dialogue, but what about the practical effects? Well, it is an 80's horror film and I wouldn't practically call this film perfect if it didn't have great effects. There are multiple scenes in this film that can be remembered strictly for the visuals, but my favorite is when Frank returns. It's downright beautiful and will always be one of my favorite scenes in horror movie history. Also, Hellraiser has a scene that involves a nail that still makes me cringe to this day. I never get grossed out watching movies, but I put myself into the actor's shoes and it always makes me shiver.

Hellraiser is one of my favorite films and for good reason. It has an impeccable script matched with fantastic character development. Pinhead and the cenobites need no introduction to prove how bad ass they are. The practical effects matched with a great score make this one of the best horror films of the 80's, if not, all time.

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