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Hellraiser Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 12, 2017
With Hellraiser, Clive Barker created one of the most genuinely disturbing movies of the last 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2017
Some of the FX haven't aged well, and nine more Hellraiser movies flayed the franchise, but this is a key '80s horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2017
There are some intriguing special effects in the movie, but a limp script and unconvincing performances don't help. Worse of all, it isn't scary. I only jumped once during the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2017
"This isn’t for your eyes”", says the demonic Cenobite –- but he is so very wrong about Clive Barker'’s must-see horror.
April 6, 2017
Not only did it revolutionise horror and force mainstream critics to accept that it could ... have real artistic weight, it captured a moment in time when social and sexual mores were shifting in a fascinating way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2011
For all that it is an incredible, and incredibly disturbing, film to look at, Hellraiser doesn't entirely click as a narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 1, 2011
Gore-torture-horror-ghoul fantasy from the '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 15, 2010
Sharp grim direction and tight writing from Clive Barker who turns his story of a puzzle box invoking the forces of hell in to an experience rather than doing the work for us...
February 12, 2010
Clive Barker's virtuosic De Sadean satire
April 20, 2009
Barker's vision cribs equally from the mythos of vampires and zombies, but Hellraiser's overriding ridiculousness (and nagging budgetary shortcomings) can't disguise the fact that the movie is at least unwittingly a product of the AIDS crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2008
Minor grisly fun, but don't expect the movie to linger when it's over.
November 25, 2007
...an entertaining and downright creepy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 3, 2007
One of the unsung titans of the horror industry
| Original Score: 4/5
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 14, 2004
A maquiagem é interessante, mas o roteiro é ridículo; as atuações, risíveis; a direção, medíocre; e os efeitos visuais, datados.
| Original Score: 1/5
September 11, 2003
Impressive debut film from Barker, though not quite the breakthrough film it was touted as being.
| Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2003
Twisted and grotesque, but merely baby-steps compared with Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
| Original Score: 3/5
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