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HELLRAISER
1987 / Horror
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Directed by Clive Barker
Written by Clive Barker
Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence and Sean Chapman

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

The following tags are associated with this movie: demons, gore
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Hellraiser (1987)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
A groundbreaking horror movie for its time which was a welcome alternative to the myriad of cheap 80's slasher films that continued to clog up the horror pipeline. Clive Barker managed to create something extremely unique on a fairly miniscule budget with relatively decent acting, some impressive effects and developed its own iconic entity. The "Jesus wept" scene at the end is one of the greatest in horror history and should surely leave a lasting impression for most horror movie fanatics.

As good as many aspects of the film are, I just don't find it's a consistently entertaining movie from start to finish. It has it's good moments and then some mediocre stretches. I like the Pinhead character but because he doesn't do much other than talk and watch the hooks fly, I felt like I should have gotten just a little more out of the character and his Cenobite pals.

Overall, a very good film that I enjoy but doesn't crack my all-time favourites list.
Hellraiser (1987)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
This is a good film, and it's still a good film upon seeing it again, but some parts just rub me the wrong way, one of them being Kirsty's first on-screen appearance. She seems agitated, and is acting, in my opinion, oddly, yet no reason for this is given (unless it's just the stress of moving to London, which is possible). That's another issue I had, though - while this movie is supposed to take place in London, most of the characters seem to have American accents. I realize that this was a decision by someone who believed that it'd help with American viewership, but still, it sort of took me out of the immersive experience I'd have preferred.

Lastly, the homeless man/demon is following Kirsty before there's any real reason for him to do so. Again, never expanded on. Still, the movie is solid. Cenobites are fantastic, Kirsty is a decent (and easy on the eyes) character, and Frank/Julie are quite the threatening pair. And of course the special effects are extremely solid for the most part. Overall, it's a good film with a flaw or two. Certainly worth the watch if you've not seen it before. Great 80's horror.
Hellraiser (1987)
Review by Alex Martel

9 / 10
One of the better horror movies to come out of the 80s, Hellraiser is wildly inventive, gruesome and unsettling. The Cenobites, a group of sadomasochistic eldricth beings from another dimension, present us with disturbing concepts and imagery and the special effects that support them still hold up today. No matter "what's your pleasure", if you have even a passing interest in horror, you should like this one.
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