Friday, October 26, 2007

Halloween Gorge-Fest, Day Four: Hellraiser

Movie: Hellraiser (1987)
Director: Clive Barker
...Who Went On To Make: Lord of Illusions and...not much else, though he's really a writer, and did you know he wrote the story that Candyman is based on? I didn't.
Channel: AMC

First Impressions: Liked it way more than I was expecting to. The movie took a long-ass time getting to the cool part with the Cenobites, but there were spurts of total grossness along the way, which at least kept things interesting. The acting is, of course, broad, as is required for the genre. The Cenobites, however, are just mad cool looking. It reminded me of the kind of movies Guillermo Del Toro's making today (on a much shallower scale, especially if we're talking Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone), the way Del Toro will take so much care and joy in presenting a series of the sickest, most bizarre imagery possible. The S&M "pleasure and pain, indivisible" angle is pretty interesting, seeing as so few horror movies outwardly acknowledge that. It didn't scare the hell out of me, but it was definitely unsettling and compelling.

Notable Edits: The climactic "ripped apart by hooks" scene is, ironically, shredded to bits by the editing. Which is weird, because an earlier scene in which we are taken on a tour of what appears to be a factory full of mangled flesh seems to get by unscathed.

Scary Or Funny? Scary, for what it's worth.

Best Killing? Even with the editing, the guy getting ripped apart by hooks is badass. And every time Claire Higgins cracks some poor fool's head open with a hammer, I managed to wince. Not bad.

Future Airings: Sunday night at midnight (technically Monday morning) (AMC)

Previously: The Howling, The Frighteners, Urban Legend, Hostel, Children of the Corn

1 comment:

JA said...

Joe, you should read some of Barker's Books of Blood, which contain some of the scariest stories I've ever read (including the one Candyman is based on, though that's not my favorite). "In The Hills, The Cities" might just be my favorite scary story ever.