Hold onto your skin, because Hellraiser is the Greatest Movie EVER!
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featuring Max Dunn and Tom Pandich.
Review in a Nutshell: A dark, gruesome film that explores twisted romance and strange, sado-masochistic themes, Hellraiser spawned eight sequels and introduced one of America’s iconic horror figures, Pinhead, the high priest of the Cenobites. This is not the sort of film that is likely to endear you to your significant other, unless your significant other is Clive Barker.
HELLRAISER is a great horror film – smart, twisted and creepy as Hell. This is the movie where the Cenobites aren’t even the real monsters – Frank and Julia are. In later films the Cenobites would become more traditional villains, which makes them less interesting in many ways.
I do think the movie (and its sequel HELLBOUND) would have been more interesting if there had been some hint that the heroic daughter, Kristy, had some touch of kinkiness to herself that made her attractive to the Cenobites. It wouldn’t even have to be more than her having piercings – but something that makes her, maybe, a bit complicit in their attempts to make her their new playmate….
The first two movies are the highpoint of the dreamlike movies that seemed to be prominent in the 80’s. It is the only movie other then Audition to give me nightmares.
I do believe that the New Nightmare Hellraiser was called Hellworld. It stars Lance Henrikson. Nothing that stars Lance can be bad right….. Right?
PAUL! I never thought you insisted that I watch the movie. Tom and I try to watch one movie a week together, it was his turn to pick, and he picked Hellraiser because of the podcast. THAT is why you’re a butthead. And he’s not on the couch. Everything else, totally true.
“I do believe that the New Nightmare Hellraiser was called Hellworld. It stars Lance Henrikson.” WELL GOD DAMNIT. Now I have to watch that. Next thing you’ll tell me: One of the sequels has Nic Cage in it.
I believe you’ll find that most people know Andrew Robinson as Garak on Deep Space 9.
Andy Robinson is now and forever will be the pansy [liberal] detective who disapproves of Marion Cobretti’s approach to law enforcement and gets punched out [for no reason]. The Scorpio Killer second.
I have already informed Max and Paul on Twitter that the God Hand were the demons who branded Guts, as well as the dark pit that gave rise to “Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo.”
My childhood memory of Hellraiser had Meg Foster as the Julia character…. Unfortunately, I remembered incorrectly. Am I the only person who just associates her with all 80s redhead roles?
Andrew Robinson was great as Garak on DS9, Charles Larson!
Here is a picture of the Godhead that was referenced in the podcast.
I don’t think that anyone would immediately make a link between them and the cenobites, but when you take into account that Miura is a big fan of sci-fi/horror and that this foursome can pair somewhat visually with the cenobites, it makes sense.
I’m betting that Miura actually said that Hellraiser was his visual reference. I wouldn’t rule it out.
The “Jesus Wept” line from the bible is in reference to when Jesus found out that Lazarus was dead. Lazarus, as you know, was brought back to life after he was dead.
I have heard more about Hellraiser than I have actually witnessed myself. I have never watched a full film of it. It’s not a box office hit like the other films, but I feel like the respect for the concept and characters is up there.
I actually feel positive about the Evil Dead remake. No, Raimi and Campbell are not part of it, but the trailer looked effectively frightening, and the crew claims that there is almost no use of CGI in it, so as far as remakes go, this sounds promising.
Just as another form of context, ‘jesus wept’ is just a british curse, you say it as a way of swearing in front of children
I’ve heard family members use it as a replacement for a disappointing “Jesus Christ”