Hellraiser (Blu-ray)

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"In 1987," says Fangoria, "prolific genre author, painter and first-time filmmaker Clive Barker unleashed upon unwary audiences a flick that shook them to their core and forever redefined the face of genre cinema." More than twenty years later, Barker's original vision of pleasure, pain and the nightmare icon forever known as Pinhead have returned like you've never seen them before. Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Claire Higgins and Doug Bradley star in this immortal horror classic, now loaded with extras for an experience beyond limits. Once again, the box is open. The Cenobites have been summoned. We have such sights to show you...finally in Blu-ray.

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Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 210681230
UPC 013138304988
UPC 14 00013138304988
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/6/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Robinson,Andrew
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ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Far from the tongue-in-cheek shocks of Scream and its brethren lies Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Barker's first feature-length film, which subsequently spawned a series of middling-to-awful sequels, is gory, suspenseful, quite well-acted, and very imaginative...Hellraiser was one of the first movies to explore sadomasochism within a horror context. Other films that have tried something similar (like the god-awful StrangeLand) have failed miserably because they present S&M as a freakshow, but Barker wisely presents the world with an unabashed eroticism...There's a lot of plot to get through in Hellraiser, and though the director frets in his commentary about how much explication there is, his film is never dull. The shocking opening shows us a bad boy named Frank (Sean Chapman) purchasing an ancient puzzle box that contains terrible and unmentionable torments. After he unleashes the demons contained therein, who flay his flesh spectacularly, the film then takes a sunnier turn, and shows a handsome family moving into their new home. There's a not-so-happy married couple named Larry (Andrew Robinson) and Julia (the wonderful Clare Higgins) Cotton, and a pretty lass named Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), Larry's feisty daughter from a previous marriage...Hellraiser offers more than the usual thrills and chills with its cast of three-dimensional characters and a perverse subtext that could keep semioticians busy for days. Though the sequels focus more on the Cenobites, the original is a far more interesting film because of the way it grapples with the dark sides of human sexuality. Like David Cronenberg or David Lynch, Clive Barker has a greater interest in worming under your skin than in making you jump out of your seat, and this quality is one of the main reasons why his first feature is a modern horror classic.
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Reviewer Rod Armstrong
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "I have seen the future of the horror genre, and his name is Clive Barker." - Stephen King...Now there's a blurb Stephen King should have written under one of his pen names. He may have seen the future of the horror genre, but he has almost certainly not seen "Hellraiser," which is as dreary a piece of goods as has masqueraded as horror in many a long, cold night. This is one of those movies you sit through with mounting dread, as the fear grows inside of you that it will indeed turn out to be feature length...The story begins with the plight of Frank, a hapless explorer into unknown realms of existence, who buys a magic box from a magician. After the sides of the box are manipulated just so, Frank is hurtled into the sphere of the Cenobites, strange creatures who introduce him to unbearable pleasure and unspeakable pain. Then Frank apparently is reduced to some kind of residue in the flooring of an old house...The house is purchased by the Cottons, Larry and Julia, who move in with their daughter, Kirsty. This is some house. The kitchen sink is full of maggots devouring rotting flesh. Isn't the real estate agent supposed to tidy up details like that?...It is not such a large house that a whole room could easily be forgotten, especially when it contains a flesh-devouring incubus, but I have seen the future of implausible plotting, and his name is Clive Barker...Who goes to see movies like this? What do they get out of them? I like good horror movies because I enjoy being surprised (and sometimes even moved), but there are no surprises in "Hellraiser," only a dreary series of scenes that repeat each other. What fun is it watching the movie mark time until the characters discover the obvious? This is a movie without wit, style or reason, and the true horror is that actors were made to portray, and technicians to realize, its bankruptcy of imagination. Maybe Stephen King was thinking of a different Clive Barker.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
Product Attributes
Actor Robinson,Andrew
Label Video Treasures
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
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Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News An imaginative, frightening debut from Clive Barker. A landmark horror film.
Mike Bracken, Mike Bracken's Horror Films Full of both weighty philosophical concepts and fun, over the top gore, it's got something guaranteed to please almost any genre fan.
Richard Harrington, The Washington Post ...a dark, frequently disturbing and occasionally terrifying film...
Stephen King I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker.
Time Magazine Clive Barker is the new prince of horror.
Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever Not for the faint-hearted.
Widgett Walls, NeedCoffee.com Cinematic Barker at its most clever and disturbed.

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