Clive Barker’s feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature — the man’s half-brother, who is also the woman’s former lover — hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body… but the Cenobites won’t be happy about this. —IMDb
Clive Barker was born near Penny Lanes, Liverpool in 1952. After attending junior school in that city, he entered Liverpool University to study English Literature and Philosophy. At twenty-one, Clive moved to London. There he formed a theater company to perform the plays that he was writing and worked in that medium throughout his twenties as a writer, director, and actor. Many of these early plays contained the fantastical, erotic and horrific elements that would later become part of his literary work. They include: History of the Devil, Frankenstein in Love, Subtle Bodies, The Secret Life of Cartoons, and a play about his favorite painter, Goya, entitled Colossus. HarperPrism has put together The History of the Devil, Frankenstein In Love, and Colossus in a collection entitled Incarnations.
The imaginative qualities that were such a fundamental part of Clive’s theatrical work found their first literary outlet in the short fiction to which he turned in his late twenties. The… read more
(rewatch) i forgot how genuinely weird the premise of this movie is. compared to your average john carpenter rip off, it's like avant garde theater or something. a shame that the direction is so run of the mill. with a jean rollin or even a david lynch behind the camera, this could have been a freaky little treat. instead, it's an interesting curiosity with some fun s & m flourishes slipping in under the radar.
Los demonios visten de "pop". Es sin duda una de las cosas que saltan más rápido a la vista de este filme. Hay sin embargo una exquisita representación en uno de los personajes de esta película. La esposa, altiva y de aire recatado, esconde un secreto. ¿El pasado la condena? No, todo lo contrario. Está dispuesto a retomarlo, incluso si este a tomado la forma de un monstruo. Ella se vestirá de femme fatalle para esto.
Hellraiser is both one of my favourite films and still one of the best horror movies made to this day. No cheesy acting, no cheap laughs. Instead we get pure atmosphere, seriousness, grandeur… read review