16th Oct2017

‘Hellraiser’ back in cinemas and on Blu-ray

by Kevin Haldon

Starring Andrew Robinson (Dirty Harry, Charley Varrick), Clare Higgins (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Silent Witness), Ashley Laurence (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, Lurking Fear), Sean Chapman (Made in Britain, Scum) and directed by Clive Barker (Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions), Hellraiser is returning to cinemas and receiving a gorgeous Blu-ray Steelbook just in time for Halloween!

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That’s right folks Pinhead and his Cenobites are back in the cinema to celebrate the big 30th year anniversary and guess what… The folks at Arrow Films/Video are releasing a beautiful steelbook on October 30th too! If your a horror hound this is a must buy steelbook and a must revisit in the cinema. The 30th Anniversary re-release of Hellraiser – appropriately debuting on Friday 13th October – gives audiences a chance to see it once more in all its gory big screen glory and for the uninitiated to have their souls torn apart for the first time!

For those who are unfamiliar with Hellraiser, well it’s from a time when horror was horrifying, you know the stuff of nightmares, gore that was actually gory and used properly, not just gore for gore’s sake. Movies that scared you so much your future kids would be scared of the dark. I will admit Hellraiser is a movie I rarely return to because I remember just how much this movie got to me, but when I found out the film was headed back to cinemas and deserving of a new Blu-ray Steelbook release, well I felt it deserved a revisit.

The Pitch:

A couple, Larry and Julia, move into an old house belonging to Larry’s family, to make a fresh start. Exploring the dilapidated house, Julia discover a hideous creature – Larry’s half-brother Frank, who is also Julia’s former lover – hiding in the attic. Having lost his earthly body to other-worldly demons called the Cenobites after a ceremony with a strange golden puzzle box, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. Frank soon forces his former mistress to bring him human sacrifices to complete his body in a bid to escape the clutches of the Cenobites… but the Cenobites have other plans for him.

Hellraiser has aged bloody well. Seriously, it looks great and it is still as scary today as it was when it debuted. One of the things that really stood out was how awesomely gruesome and gory this film gets because, weel,  30 years on, we are really to scared to go there anymore? You know unless your Eli Roth or directing a Saw movie . The scares are thick and fast and I would love to be able to experience this in the cinema. I myself had a fantastic little trip down memory lane with this and was pretty surprised that it was better than I remembered (sometimes I find nostalgia makes things seem better than they were… Little Monsters anyone?). Clive Barker people… just… Clive Barker

So Halloween is around the corner, grab your significant other and introduce them to a true classic horror, with some strong as hell performances, and creepy imagery. Get yourself to the cinema now to view Hellraiser as intended, or pick it up from Arrow Video on October 30th.

“I have seen the future of horror, and his name is Clive Barker” – Stephen King

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