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Hellraiser Reviews

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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
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
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.
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2003
Impressive debut film from Barker, though not quite the breakthrough film it was touted as being.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
July 10, 2003
Twisted and grotesque, but merely baby-steps compared with Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2003
Cinematic Barker at its most clever and disturbed.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2003
[A] skillfully creepy film.
February 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2003
An imaginative, frightening debut from Clive Barker. A landmark horror film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2002
Barker onscreen has never been better, and this movie probably did more to bring sadomasochism into the mainstream than anything before or since.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 17, 2002
Against the odds, Barker produced a unique, imaginative, if not somewhat stomach-churning, work that has since earned aplace in the annals of horror cinema.
| Original Score: 3/4
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