If Freddy is for kids and Jason is for teens, then the Cenobites are the antagonists for grown-ups. These guys don’t’ mess around, there is no escape. Only one thing is certain, once you are in their world, death would be a welcome release.
Clive Barker’s magnum opus/debut as a director remains, without a doubt, one of the most unique, absorbing and terrifying pieces of cinema ever made. Having re-watched this film for the first time in years; I can positively say that it still holds up staggeringly well.
Along with the other popular 80’s horror movies referenced above this movie did spawn a whole bunch of terrible sequels (which I will be watching in order for the next week), but unlike the other icons, Pinhead never quite became a pop culture joke. He will still scare the bejesus out of you. Watching Pinhead’s entry into our collective minds is almost surreal – like meeting a favorite celebrity.
As I watched this today, I couldn’t help but root for the cheating bitch to die. She is basically one of the worst people ever to be in a film. Think about it. First she cheats on her husband, on her wedding day, with his brother. Then she lures a bunch of dudes to their deaths all so she can have more sex with her husband’s brother. Seriously, what a bitch! There should be a Facebook group devoted to hating on her.
The gore in this film is the stuff legends are made out of. I was eating a sandwich while watching and actually had to back up off it and finish it later. The scene? The part, which might be considered the mildest violence in the film, where Frank cuts his hand open on the nail in the staircase. Gets me every time. Cringe worthy!
Some other random thoughts before I wrap this up. Don’t try to solve puzzle boxes that open the doors to hell. Also, don’t buy weird shit from old Asian guys in strange markets. You think the characters here would have already known about buying things from old Asians, they did watch Gremlins, right? As for the puzzle box, shouldn’t this be common sense?
I know I skipped a lot of plot, but with a movie a famous as this one I don’t feel the need to tell you what happens step-by-step. You can find that elsewhere.
Hellraiser is one of the elite films that makes good on its promise. That promise – tearing your soul apart.
Snore Factor: Z (One of the best)