Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is usually pleasantly cool, it gets darker earlier, and there's scary movies all over the television. With about a week until the big day, I'm going to preview some really great horror movies for you all to check out. Some are ones that you have probably seen, (like today's entry) and maybe some obscure ones that you may have missed. So let's get into Hellraiser, shall we?
Hellraiser was released in 1987, and was directed by Clive Barker. The film was adapted from Barker's novella, "The Hellbound Heart." In the film, we met Frank Cotton, a man who is a violent womanizer. He finds a mysterious box, which he opens, only to have Pinhead and his Cenobites appear. Frank is violently mutilated and ripped apart by chains that pull apart his flesh.
We then meet Larry and his wife Julia. Larry is Frank's brother, and he and his wife Julia decide to move into Frank's abandoned home. While moving furniture, Larry cuts his arm, and his blood flows onto the ground. The blood mysteriously disappears into the floorboards, like it never happened. We then learn that Frank's soul used the blood to partially regenerate his body.
Frank convinces Julia to bring him bodies, so he can escape the world of the Cenobites, and return to the world. The movie introduces us to Pinhead, leader of the Cenobites, and one of the most influential horror villains of the last 30 years. The movie has elements of horror and fantasy, as some of the creatures look like something that you would see in a Tim Burton film.
The film explores sadomasochism, and the Cenobites, led by the infamous Pinhead, take victims into their world and experience their "pleasures" which involve soul-wrenching pain.
This movie is definitely one of my favorite horror films, and was produced on a budget of just $1 million. It went on to gross about $14 million in the US. While the film doesn't have many "jump scenes," the overall tone of the film is dark, mysterious, and very creepy. The sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, is also a pretty good flick. The rest of the series is pure crap, so you have been warned. Go check out Hellraiser this Halloween!