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Hellraiser Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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...
Fernando F. Croce
February 12, 2010
Clive Barker's virtuosic De Sadean satire
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 25, 2007
...an entertaining and downright creepy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
November 3, 2007
One of the unsung titans of the horror industry
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 11, 2003
Impressive debut film from Barker, though not quite the breakthrough film it was touted as being.
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 12, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Muskewitz
July 10, 2003
Twisted and grotesque, but merely baby-steps compared with Hellbound: Hellraiser II.
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
April 27, 2003
Cinematic Barker at its most clever and disturbed.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
[A] skillfully creepy film.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 16, 2003
An imaginative, frightening debut from Clive Barker. A landmark horror film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nicolas Lacroix
December 14, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 7, 2001
Clive Barker's deliciously warped imagination is on full display in this modern classic of horror.
| Original Score: 82/100
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
We're on the edge of our seats with a feeling of uninhibited terror the whole time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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