My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

We'll tear your soul apart! A closer look at "Hellraiser"

"Hellraiser" is Clive Barker's directorial debut and it is also his best film. This is one nasty film out of Great Britain. It is gruesome, gory, gooey, and gross. Characters attempt to summon pleasure, but instead wind up summoning pain and agony through a puzzle box. They are basically ripped to shreds by hooks that come flying out of nowhere. The Cenobites are the villains in "Hellraiser" and they are lead by the incredibly intimidating Pinhead played by Doug Bradley. He is one of the most evil characters in the history of horror films. He wants nothing more than to keep his victims in perpetual agony. The film is quite violent, but the story is definitely interesting and Barker's direction keeps the horror movie enthusiast entertained throughout the film's run time. What are your thoughts on "Hellraiser?"

1 comment:

Chase said...

The best of Barker's works, a great delve into the sick mind of a man who knows what people want. None of this pussy footing around the gore. Doug Bradley is awesome, the fact that the horror is not taken away by stupid one liners makes Pinhead an icon in first 4 movies. The evil calmness of his disposition, the matter-of-factness, makes pinhead one of my favorites. I love the dark imagery, the fx for the time and the truth about the sadistic nature of mankind... This movie is awesome, and so was the second one. With the same darkness, the same amount of care taken in to making the characters real, making them twisted... seeing pinhead return to what he started as,human, a pity that arises for the sinister. Great choice for a cold, dark, lonely night... sleep deprivation makes this movie even better... makes it stay with you :D