Monday, July 30, 2018

(Review) Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987)

Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987)
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Clive Barker's Hellraiser is about a man named Frank, whom, wanting to experience a pleasure unlike any other, finds a box--a puzzle box, that can open a world to extreme pleasure, so he uses it in hopes to reach that level of ecstasy. But that extreme pleasure is extreme pain. And the naked and beautiful women he hopes for (said in the book) happens to be a gang of Cenobites from hell that partake in giving pain so extreme that it is pleasurable.

What I liked about this movie is that it has great practical effects for its time. I mean, 1987--the year I was born! So it was cool to see monsters and gore and wounds happening with practical effects instead of the weary and sometimes corny-looking CGI that every movie uses these days. Like those super hero movies. I don't understand why they don't just make them full-on CGI.

Anyway.

Of course we get the super-duper late 80s feel with the special effects (yes, the blue and yellow lights of electricity), but this movie is so enjoyable.

Scream queen Ashley Laurence (Kirsty) is my favorite in this movie because, other than Clare Higgins (Julia), she is amazing in this movie. And I really enjoyed Pinhead, played by Doug Bradley. Pinhead has a very strong and ominous presence. His Cenobite homies are awesome, too, but Pinhead shines, that's why he's the leader.

The story is also great. It is about betrayal, lust, and greed. It just shows that sometimes lust fucks you in the end with a knife.

This was my first time watching this movie (yeah, I know), and I read the book first. So it was really cool to see similarities and differences between the two. And I highly recommend you read the book The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. The movie is great, but the book is...yeah, you know the saying. Also, I pictured the house in my mind while reading the book exactly like it is in the movie. Creepy!

So I give Clive Barker's Hellraiser a very solid four jackolanterns out of five. And I highly recommend it!

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