Just to make us all feel really old, Hellraiser is currently being re-shown in UK cinemas to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its release.
It was first shown in 1987 and is written and directed by Clive Barker (Nightbreed, Candyman) and was his astonishingly self assured directorial debut.
“No tears please. It’s a waste of good suffering.”
Hellraiser opens with a young man, Frank (Sean Chapman – Joy Division, Hellbound: Hellraiser II) who has just purchased a small innocuous looking gold puzzle box from a shady character at a bazaar. As he solves the puzzle, his environment changes radically, meat hooks and chains and strange scary creatures appear and he begins to scream.
Larry (Andrew Robinson – Dirty Harry, Cobra) has decided to move into his family home with his new wife Julia (Clare Higgins – The Golden Compass, Cassandra’s Dream). She is not at all keen, but she does warm to the idea when she learns that his brother Frank has been living there, as they have been unfaithful together in the past.
Also staying nearby is Frank’s daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence – Red, The Real Thing), who won’t stay at the house as she doesn’t get on with Julia.
The family as a whole has a problem however. Since Frank opened the puzzle box he has been in hell and a drop of blood on the floor is enough to bring back his half formed body. He wants Julia to provide him with a supply of blood, all the while avoiding the attentions of Pinhead (Doug Bradley – Deer Crossing, The Inflicted) and his Cenobites, in search of suffering to inflict.
Hellraiser is every bit as frightening 30 years later as it was on the day it was released. If you didn’t get to see this on the big screen, this is a great opportunity to do so. It is also being released on Blu-ray Steelbook on 30th Oct 2017.
A must see for any self respecting horror fan.
“The Cenobites. It’s only a matter of time until they realize I’ve slipped them. We must get away from here.”
Hellraiser 30th anniversary is showing now in UK cinemas and will be released on Blu-ray Steelbook 30th Oct 2017