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Hellraiser (1987-2007)


From Movieweb:

A man finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lamont Configuration – a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty Lawrence, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain.

These are the features announced to be on the DVD:

DVD Features:
– Audio Commentary with  Clive Barker and actress Ashley Laurence that is moderated by Peter Atkins
Hellraiser: Resurrection” Featurette
– “Mr. Cotton, I Presume?” Featurette
– Interview with Andrew Robinson
– “Actress from Hell” Interview
– “Under the Skin” Interview with Doug Bradley
– “Hellcomposer” Interview
– Poster and Still galleries
– Complete Screenplays via DVD-Rom

Technical Specs:
– Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
– Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0 Surround

“I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker” Stephen King 1987

It’s been 20 years since this cinematic classic was brought to the screens and just in time for Halloween comes a 20th anniversary edition which this movie rightly deserves.

I’m not going to go into the details of the movie. For those of you that really want that you can look elsewhere (God knows there are enough places to find that information out).Simply put this has to be one of the best horror films ever made and it has stood the test of time really well. The story is still relevant enough that even with the amount of time that has passed you can only hope to imagine that anyone could come up with characters as sadomasochists as the Cenobites, these guys are pure personified evil.

I would love to see Clive do a true remake of the movie with the advances in makeup that have happened, as long as the story or plot was untouched. Though I must admit that Frank Cotton still couldn’t have been portrayed anymore grotesque than he already was. In this respect the makeup crews were really far ahead of their time, It’s enough that I couldn’t hope to ever have my wife watch it with me purely on the gross factor.

I can’t remember ever saying that I had nightmares from a movie though this one has stuck with me as strongly as John Carpenters ‘The Thing’ and that’s saying a lot. It’s a true classic, and it’s really a shame that I don’t own a copy of it in my collection. Though maybe with the new edition I might just have to change that fact.

I remember that I enjoyed the sequels to this franchise very much also. It was something that you had to see to really be able to keep up with the ‘Cool’ movies when I was a kid growing up. Right up there with watching Friday the 13th. Though the later will never have that big a place in my heart, that whole franchise just never did anything much for me outside of the first 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street suffered much of the same fate. Though not as engaging as the first movie, the ‘Hellraiser’ series still is one of the best that has ever been created if not ‘The Best’ horror franchise that is out there. I know that there are people out there that will knock the sequels and that’s their right but when has there ever been a movie as prolific as this one that has been able to draw your attention as much as the first. The bar was just set so damn high that it was nearly impossible to catch the magic that was apart of the original.

I can only hope that when my son gets old enough that I will still be able to watch this film and enjoy it with him. I guess that’s why I miss watching movies with my mom so much she could handle things like this really well considering ( I don’t think she feels the same today). I know it’s kinda twisted but there’s just something in having the bonding experience over good ole’ horror films. I know for me that there was something that made me feel a little stronger on the inside when I could sit through the horror and the gore and make it through movies that others in my life just couldn’t. Now it leaves me a bit empty because I don’t have any one that I can share these treasures wit. Better luck to the rest of you out there and if you haven’t seen this in a while like I did then have another go and hopefully find a new appreciation for this cinematic piece of art.

This movie gets a 4/5 stars.