Review of Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser (1987)
Dir. Clive Barker; Starring: Doug Bradley, Claire Higgins, Ashley Lawrence

I cannot imagine a horror fan who has not seen this movie, but for those of you who haven’t, Hellraiser is iconic. The basic plot is this: Frank (Sean Chapman) locates a puzzle box that is said to transport you to a dimension of carnal bliss. Frank solves the puzzle and is brutally transported to this other dimension. Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Higgins) move into Larry’s ancestral home, where Frank, Larry’s half-brother and Julia’s former lover, once lived. Due to a drop of Larry’s blood, Frank is resurrected. It falls to Julia to lure victims back to the home so that Frank can feed. The conflict comes when Katie (Lawrence), Larry’s daughter, discovers Frank, steals the puzzle box and summons the Cenobites.

Hellraiser made me feel sick… but in a good way. This nightmare of a movie is so well done, I was dreaming about it for days. The special effects were beyond the time and can still be considered great by today’s standards. The acting was phenomenal and… Pinhead. I mean, need I say more?

If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. I would go so far as to say that you aren’t truly a fan of horror until you’ve seen this British cult classic.

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