Hellraiser (1987 New World Film)

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By popular demand!  We bring you Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave!  Errr I mean Hellraiser!  This grotesque and brilliantly invent film was made in 1987 by horror legend Clive Barker.  Based on his own book The Hellbound Heart, this movie would definitely scare the living crap out of people everywhere with two simple words. 

“Jesus…wept.”

Wow you talk about an imaginative take on sin, death, hell, and rebirth.  Hellraiser involves the resurrection Frank, (Sean Chapman), how managed to open the door to a layer of Hell where his body was ravaged and torn asunder by creepy demons who’s visage is that of their sins in life.  Later Frank’s brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his daughter, Kirsty (Ashely Laurence), and his new slut of a wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into Frank’s old house.  Frank is resurrected due to some bloody accident and the terror begins from there!

The film introduces a couple icons that would go on into horror movie legendary status that any horror movie fan would instantly recognize.  The Lemarchand’s Puzzle Box and Pin Head (Doug Bradley) would become images that immediately make you quiver in fear and pleasure.  Which is what the film is about, pleasure through your sins as punishment.  It’s insane!  I love it!

This movie is not for the faint of heart however.  The music is perfectly timed with the build up all the way through the film.  The death scenes are bloody, frank resurrection is gruesome, and the climax is a battle of pure evil vs. the innocence of a girl.  It’s a film worth of the title, Real Bad Ass!

So put away the chains, keep your clothes on, because “Please God help me!”

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