6 - About as simple and straightforward as a straight-up gorefest can be, with a few genuinely creepy moments (and more than a few cheap ones) thrown in, though overall everything about it is at least competent. Flawed, but delightful, and it really makes me miss the age of practical gore.
Essential horror. Barker's debut was the thing of nightmares melding S&M archetypes with extreme horror while providing high production value and casting that exceeded the genre. Clare Higgins is simply brilliant here with a performance both macabre and sexy. Andrew Robinson was also good here and boy could Ashley Laurence scream. Unfortunate it launched a series of middling sequels however.
I feel like it could have been so much better if they spent a little more time developing the characters. The effects were great and it had a nice move but as others have mentioned, I didn't really care about the characters which is a shame. Worth a watch though
Though it isn't the most easily classifiable film, I still view it in the same league/genre with Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. In my opinion, however in terms of sheer horror it's better than all of them. Yes it's flawed and a bit non-sensicle, but what's scarier than the fear of the unknown? Pinhead trumps Freddie and Jason because he represents terror beyond anything we can imagine.
Awesome concepts. Sort of like Lovecraft meets S&M. The acting's pretty dodgy though. And I had a hard time seeing Julia as this big-time seductress. She's not a dog or anything ... it could just be the '80's gay-man-presentation ... but the hair and mom-slacks made her seem like somebody's nympho-grammy. Still, if you want visionary monster movies, set your Puzzle-Box for "Clive Barker." He craps Genius!!!