Really Awful Movies: Ep 71 – Hellraiser



Clive Barker’s Hellraiser will send a chill up your spine.

In Episode 71 of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we decided to tear our souls apart and break down what makes this such a classic.

Pinhead has become a bona fide horror icon. Liverpudlian Doug Bradley, though not as well known as Robert Englund, has made quite a career of portraying ol’ pin cushion face. Although, in this first film of the series, he’s not even the chief antagonist. He does, however, steal the show.

The film predated torture horror and has multi-genre elements. There’s loads of subtext, gore and weirdness to satisfy every taste. Unlike some of its brethren, it gets better and better with age.

The 1987 classic British horror film, written and directed by Clive Barker, was based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart and unlike other adaptations, this one benefited from Mr. Barker not only intending to spawn a film from it, but taking his seat in the director’s chair as well.

It’s Hellraiser…it has many sights to show you.


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