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                         Hellraiser - Movie Review

enjoy the seventh annual Halloween special or I'll tear your soul apart welcome to the seventh annual Halloween special I'm so happy to be talking about horror movies again this year as I mentioned in my review for the Addams Family I'm gonna be talking about various horror films.

some of them will be in a mash-up with my wife that's gonna be released closer to Halloween and some of them are going to be solo reviews like this one Hellraiser is obviously a film that I did not see when I was young it's very violent and a lot of the violence is sexual in nature so of course this movie was a big no-no.

 
but it was the cover of this film that I saw everywhere every time I went to Blockbuster or Hollywood video that VHS tape that one in fact scared the shit out of me pinhead as he became known in subsequent films much to Clive Barker's dismay is one creepy looking bastard and there was a lot of hype surrounding this movie for me as a young kid because I always heard so much about it how terrifying and glory it is and how inappropriate it isn't it's 18 plus and all of this stuff that really made me scared to watch it.
 
but of course as an adult I had to eventually watch Hellraiser and I was really pleased to discover that this movie is a lot more than the things my parents were always concerned about me seeing yes it's very violence and yes it's sadomasochistic and all of the things my parents were worried about but it's also a deeply felt human story and that's not something I expected the film was written and directed by Clive Barker from his novel the hellbound heart and this film has an interest in its human characters and this film a husband and father is moving into a new house his brother has been long gone apparently his brother goes on a lot of benders disappears for a long period of time sometimes winds up in jail his daughter is there as well.
but the woman he's with is not her mother so automatically there's a lot of family tension from this when the dad is trying to move a mattress he cuts his hand and some of that blood gets on the floorboards in the Attic and out of the floorboards sprouts this wonder of practical effects and pretty soon this thing forms into this guy's brother except it's just muscle and flesh and you learned that he had an affair with his brother's wife and she is ridiculously infatuated with him so infatuated she will kill random men just so he can feed off of them so that he can get his flesh back this is a fucking great horror plot I adore this idea because it doesn't just have the gore and the effects it pits its characters in psychologically disturbing situations forcing them to do things they would never want to do all in the name of a good fuck I remember what surprised me the most about this film when I first watched it and that was that pinhead was not presented as this cultural icon as I had always heard him to be he was just this really creepy thing that came out of the walls basically with all of this S&M shit and shot hooks into your body and ripped you in half in fact I was more scared by the Chatterer who must have inspired the creative team behind Silent Hill.
 
but that's kind of how it goes with these horror movie icons isn't it I mean when you think of Jason and then go back and watch the first Friday the 13th the Jason that we know just really isn't There save for Michael Myers in the first Halloween film a lot of times these horror movie villains become culturally impactful because we decide they are sometimes these guys don't even have names in the movie we just make up the names as horror fans and that becomes part of the Canon I mentioned those practical effects they are beautiful I love when I'm watching a film and during the opening credits a credit is given specifically for the practical effects whenever I see that before the movie even starts I know I'm in for something cool if they take the time to credit that person in the main titles it's gonna be fucking awesome this wasn't a massive budget movie I believe it was just one million dollars which sure spread a little bit farther in 1987 but that still wasn't that much and the fact that they shot mostly in one house this film is actually really inspiring from a lower budget horror perspective everything they were able to get out of this increasingly disturbing story as the film goes along but they showed this guy quite a bit on screen as he's getting more flesh on his body and it's awesome they keep him mostly in shadow which is very wise but the light that they do let hit him reflects off of him makes him look shiny and I guess this is mild spoilers so if you've never seen Hellraiser I'm just gonna warn you I'm gonna give a little bit away here I like how the film chooses its victims constantly sometimes people are the main character and sometimes they're just fodder for the bad guys because Claire Higgins in the film at first is sort of our twisted protagonist as she's finding these guys for him to kill.
 
 but later on in the film there's a turn and the daughter Kirstie is now who were rooting for and I love how the film is able to set that up throughout it's different acts interestingly the late great Roger Ebert who still remains my favorite film critic of all time hated this movie famously he loathed the Sophie and it's funny I really like it but this just shows how good of a critic Ebert was,because if you actually go back and read his review it's difficult to dispute anything he says all of his points are very clear everything makes sense and that's just how great of a critic he was even when you're not on the same page with him with a film like Hellraiser you can read his review and be like you know I see where he's coming from and that will segue me nicely into some of my issues with the movie most of them are budgetary which I understand especially from an indie horror perspective that those things happen a lot the effects towards the last five minutes are very poor and this isn't just because we're looking back on a movie from 1987 for films of that era they're poor and from what I understand.
 that's because they didn't have much time to achieve these effects and kind of rushed them and it's very obvious when you watch the movie gratefully though those types of effects are few and far between most of the effects are all practical some of them are shown a little too much in wise there's this creature chasing Kirstie through a hallway and sometimes you see it a little too close and you start to see the artificiality of it some of that is also due to the high definition transfer and now you can look at things and see them a lot better than you could back in the day when you popped in the VHS tape but all these years later Hellraiser still works because the violence is fun it has great effects.
 
but the reason the movie works as well as it does is because of its human characters you understand their plight and you feel for them everyone feels well realized some of the performances don't always work there's a few sequences that are a little bit hammy but because the human characters are as well-written as they are you actually give a shit when people are being ripped apart by meat hooks I'm gonna give Hellraiser a B+.

 well, guys, that's the first video in our 7th annual Halloween special look forward to many more coming very soon I have a lot of fun stuff I want to talk about this Halloween and I'm excited to do so thank you guys so much as always


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