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Shocktober: Day 26

Hellraiser (1987)

Dir: Clive Barker
Cast: Andrew Robinson, Claire Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Doug Bradley

When you think about the big Slasher baddies who comes to mind? Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and chances are someone will mention Pinhead. I don’t know exactly how this outer dimensional monster made his way into the mainstream but he’s been a favorite of horror fans for years.

What makes Pinhead a memorable villain to so many? First of all look at him, he’s got freaking nails pounded into his head! Then he’s got all these supernatural powers and he’s dressed like some S&M fanatic. He’s certainly a disturbing guy, could disturbed people possibly relate? I don’t know but he’s a creepy and completely relentless villain.

Personally I’ve never had much interest in author Barker’s style of sadomasochistic violence. People call Saw torture porn, wait until you see the “Cenobites” in Hellraiser. Before I go any further let me fill in the uninformed. So Hellraiser is about this prick named Frank who buys an ancient puzzle box in Morocco. Back home in the U.K. Frank solves the puzzles which releases a series of chains that rip him to shreds. These demons called the “Cenobites” appear and are like “Ha ha you’re dead!” and put the puzzle back together and leave for some reason. Later Frank’s brother Larry and his family move in to Frank’s old house and what happens when Larry cuts himself in the room where Frank died? Well the blood reforms fragments of Franks gored body in a spectacular effects seen. From there on Frank falls in love with Larry’s wife, she has to get random men for Frank to consume and reform and blah blah somehow Larry’s teenage daughter enter’s Pinhead’s world and it’s really violent.

Actually it’s not a bad story just kind of gross, cruel, and sad. I guess that’s an effective horror film, but it’s never resonated with me. I actually think this movie is more notable for some outstanding makeup effects. This is one to check out if you are in a very bitter and dark state of mind, enjoy!

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