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Director/Writer: Clive Barker

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

Hellraiser (1987) – IMDb

A classic movie that I have seen probably 50 times or more. While it has that patina of old – right down the flickers on the screen like an old worn out video – the story-line holds up as well as ever. To think the whole thing starts with a single, innocent looking puzzle box.

This movie builds great tension, and one series of events that I will never forget. They make the viscera of the human body look so wet and real you can just imagine how it would squish as you touched it. The idea of pleasure and pain – more pain than pleasure – a hell of painfully pleasurable proportions… this dimension where all things are possible up to the destruction and manipulation of the body – remaking forever – It’s a little scary when you think of exactly what “forever” in this type of climate might mean.

If the first paragraph of this review doesn’t tell you anything about how I feel about the re-watch-ability of this movie, then you’re not reading very closely. I have to give this movie 4 bloody kitties – based partly on the immense makeup that the actors had to undergo, and the fact that it’s just a plain good horror movie!

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