Hellraiser Reviews

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January 11, 2008
Minor grisly fun, but don't expect the movie to linger when it's over.
February 9, 2006
[Writer/Director Clive] Barker's dazzling debut as a director creates such an atmosphere of dread that the astonishing visual set pieces simply detonate in a chain reaction of cumulative intensity.
January 1, 2000
This is a movie without wit, style or reason, and the true horror is that actors were made to portray, and technicians to realize, its bankruptcy of imagination.
January 1, 2000
It's a dark, frequently disturbing and occasionally terrifying film that suggests Barker's vision hasn't quite made the conversion from paper to celluloid.
May 1, 2019
Part of the film's excellence comes out of its taboo-ness, depicting everything from abusive love to the sometimes dangerous links between sex and death, pain and pleasure.
November 25, 2018
Rightly considered a horror classic for pushing boundaries around sex and horror, Hellraiser is a flawed film with forgettable characters and gaping plot holes in the second act.
November 13, 2017
Horror is at its best when it's relentless. Clive Barker knows this, and his debut feature as director is so gleefully vicious, so relentlessly grim that it's going to be very hard for fans of the genre not to like it.
November 13, 2017
With Hellraiser, Clive Barker created one of the most genuinely disturbing movies of the last 20 years.
October 17, 2017
The film is for the most part a return to the cutting edge of horror cinema, and in its inventively gruesome moments a reminder of the Grand Guignol intensity that has recently tended to disintegrate into lazy splatter
October 11, 2017
Utterly bizarre and entirely ridiculous - and yet effective, an imaginative guignol festival, like the goriest of soap operas, in which one wrong move opens a portal to hell.
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