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August 18, 2017
This movie truly is an underrated 80's classic and a must see for any horror fan out there.
July 10, 2017
Throughout the history of horror films there have being iconic villains that have haunted moviegoer's dreams for decades: Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Michael Myers/The Shape, the Xenomorph, etc. However in the huge pantheon of horror icons lies an often overlook gang: Pinhead and the Cenobites. Does the Cenobites deserve more recognition than they get?

Frank is sociopath that buys a mysterious box from a sex shop under the promise it will deliver pleasure unlike any other. However what Frank doesnīt know is that the box is actually a portal to hellish realm where pleasure and pain are one and the same.

Since "Halloween", the horror genre has been criticized for focusing on gore and makeup rather than story, characters or style, and while filmmakers like Carpenter or Cronenberg have proven this wrong, Clive Barkerīs directorial debut is the embodiment of those accusations. "Hellraiser" has all the trademarks of a second rate horror movie: Horrendous acting thatīs either hammy or deadpan, a nonsensical story that leaves the door open for a sequel, uninteresting and disposable characters and a good amount of gore. However Barkerīs directorial debut has two elements that make it stand out: Cool looking makeup on its villains and a disgusting but interesting concept at the center of it. Out of the four Cenobites we get, three of them look absolutely disgusting and terrifying (they undeniably deserve a place in the horror pantheon just by their looks alone), and the idea of focusing on sadomasochism as a weapon of destruction is disturbing but quite fascinating. But sadly, this film fails to live up to its premise. Excluding the already mentioned Cenobites, the special effects and make look so dated that they come off as cheesy and Barkerīs direction is so amateur that not only does the film lack any style whatsoever but at times the editing makes some scenes feel disconnected from the previous one.

"Hellraiser" is a dated horror film that's filled with incredible and peculiar horror ideas but sadly they arenīt well executed. Clive Barker shows that heīs a noteworthy horror writer but an amateur director that lacks vision. While it is easy to understand its cult appeal, this is a dated and barely mediocre body horror film.
½ June 30, 2017
"Hellraiser" bring up some convincing costumes and special effects...but when it comes to the acting it is not as convincing. It also leaves the story open for a sequel as many other questions have risen with it.
June 22, 2017
Good movie. The special effects have not aged well, but overall just a fun movie to watch on Netflix if you have nothing better to do.
½ May 27, 2017
Maybe it's because I'm not as easily scared as I used to be. Maybe it's because the film just didn't meet my expectations. Maybe it just didn't hold up that well. Can't put my finger on the reason. Probably should have watched it back in the day.
April 29, 2017
A cult classic for a reason, but know going in that the reason isn't the acting, story, or directing. It's a classic because of some amazing practical effects, stop-motion, puppetry, and thematic overtones.
April 26, 2017
I like this movie, a bit repulsive but interesting. The sequels are dumb
April 23, 2017
This movie is very messed up, but in the most satisfying way. Fans of 80's horror movies should love this one. It is gross, but the story somehow remains captivating throughout the whole movie. It's not for the squeamish, but it is a must for horror fans.
½ April 10, 2017
Gave this another look on Blu-ray, and it's every bit as good as I remembered, even if the ending still stands as a real head-scratcher that comes out of left field.

Barker's visions aren't quite at 100% in this film, but it's an admirable first feature and I was surprised by how little screen time the Cenobites actually have, especially considering their enduring popularity. There are some truly inspired visuals, particularly the scenes leading into the Cenobites appearance, the lights traveling up the walls, the mist drifting in, it's all very atmospheric.

Highly recommended.
April 7, 2017
Silly at times, still a great movie!

Remember, whatever you do, do not watch any sequels.
½ March 26, 2017
A true horror classic with visually impressive scenes of demons and gore, and a hell of a plot about a mystical box. Very original movie.
February 21, 2017
Dark, disturbing and beautiful. Hellraiser is one of the strongest directorial debuts of all time. Clive Barker has pulled out all his macabre tricks and given the world a terrifying and original horror film. Never before had a cinematic hell seemed so real, visceral and frightening.
February 20, 2017
Great just great.....amazing gory fun love pinhead and the centobites can't wait for judgment
February 6, 2017
Loved the prosthetic work. And maybe... Maybe, back in the day it was good. But some parts were just kind of silly.
January 25, 2017
"Hellraiser" has an excellent concept and offers plenty of gore. Everything from the atmosphere, script, and characters are great. The story is disturbing and unpredictable. Some of the special-effects are cheesy but that is not surprising considering the time the film was made.
November 9, 2016
Great classic film. Great performances, plot, and practical effects make Hellraiser a unique and stand out classic. Let down slightly just by some audio and image not aging too well. Though would still recommend to anyone that likes good movies
November 6, 2016
This movie was ok, but it wasn't good enough to make me want to watch a second one.
October 22, 2016
By the late 80's the horror genre was in a bit of a downfall after the slasher boom that preceded it. We still got a few classics towards the end of the decade and one of the best was Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Adapted from his own novel, The Hellbound Heart, this low budget shocker never enjoyed the mainstream success that fellow franchises like Halloween and Friday the 13th saw for very obvious reasons. Hellraiser is an extremely gruesome film with some truly haunting imagery, but it's also smart enough to build a good story around all the gore. It works as a horror film, a dysfunctional family drama and a sadomasochist nightmare all rolled into one. There are plenty of nasty moments (even by today's standards), but the film also has some wonderful cinematography, strong performances, a terrific score, and, obviously, introduced us to one of the genre's most memorable villains in Pinhead. Clive Barker created a horrific work of art with Hellraiser, and perhaps the best compliment one can say is that all these years later there's still absolutely nothing else like it.
½ October 21, 2016
This movie has no character development and a poorly thought out plot. It's so bad it literally makes me angry.
October 19, 2016
It lacks a cohesive story and convincing performances, but "Hellraiser" is a campy cult horror film that's [h]elevated by it's eerie atmosphere, grotesque demons, and grisly scenes of torture.
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