Hellraiser has what many horror films today lack; real scares. They’re not jump scares but imagery that is haunting and when out in that situation ourselves would be terrified, not just when something makes us jump. Long takes allow the films imagery to seep into our minds, making the scare last longer. I have to praise the practical effects/ makeup. If we compare the makeup of the dead in this to what the dead look like in the 2017 reboot of The Mummy there is no comparison. This film came out in 1987 and is more realistic than a 2017 release. The Cenobites were really cool horror monsters. I especially like the one with the clapping teeth. Probably because I’m 17 with braces and just admire him for his teeth. Hmm.
The acting is what I would expect from an indie 1987 horror flick… it’s ok. Some of it was very good and better than what we see in films today. The bad acting is most likely because the script was very 80s and for that reason is very dated. The film also has a twist at the end which really took apart the somewhat realistic/ believable horror seen before it. But it either makes or breaks the film for me in different ways.
Editing was a stand out here, especially in a scene where people are trying to get a mattress upstairs. Exciting right? The score was also very non-horror. Because of this it was haunting and unsettling, perfectly capturing the mood of the film.
Hellraiser – 3/5
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