Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hellraiser (1987)

Confession time: I've never seen Hellraiser.  I think I always imagined it as a Freddy Krueger type of thing and I just never got around to watching it.  So I'm probably committing total horror blasphemy by posting this, but I thought Hellraiser was kind of lame.  Maybe it's just too supernatural for me or I just didn't "get it", but when the movie ended, I was like, "meh."

Hellraiser is the story of a couple (Larry and Julia) who moves back into the husband's parents' old house.  Little do they know that hubby's brother (Frank) was playing around with a possessed box and got himself chucked into another dimension.  They just figure he's in jail or something when really his body parts are hanging out in the attic.

While moving in, Larry cuts himself on a nail and runs upstairs whining and dripping blood all over.  Apparently this is all Frank needed to be re-animated, but not quite.  Now he's living in the attic in a weird deformed state.  Anddddd, drama time!  Julia and Frank used to bang.  Even right on her wedding dress before she got married.  The lovin' was so good, that not only does Julia give the time of day to this freaky creature, but agrees to kill people to bring him back to life.

Unfortunately, Julia is not able to keep her husband and his daughter Kirsty from being involved in this little debacle and all hell breaks loose.  Much like Pandora, no one can leave this box alone even though it obviously causes issues.  Although I thought that Pinhead was the star of this movie, he is just one of the Cenobites that capture you when you fool around with this freaky box.  I believe he became more prevalent in the sequels.

Anyway, I just really didn't like this movie so much.  Feel free to crucify me in the name of horror.  It wasn't the 80s style effects or anything that bugged me...I just didn't think it was that good.  It also appears that they're remaking this next year.  More to come on that.

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