REVIEW: Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser


Title: Hellraiser
Year Released: 1987
Director: Clive Barker
Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith and Doug Bradley


REVIEW BY ANDREW GARVEY


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One of the most genuinely unsettling British horror films ever, Hellraiser kicked off one of the genre’s longest running, though least financially successful, major franchises.  Featuring some strong acting, stuffed with unforgettably gory imagery and some truly fantastic creature design and costuming, Clive Barker’s film is a British horror masterpiece.

Based on his own 1986 novella the Hellbound Heart, Barker wrote the screenplay and directed this, his first feature film as a horrific exploration of desire, sadomasochistic brutality and Hell.  American businessman Larry Cotton and his second wife Julia, an apparently uptight Englishwoman, move into a new home, a ramshackle old place formerly belonging to Larry’s world-travelling, sex-mad brother Frank.

Author: Andrew Garvey

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