Derek Winnert


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Hellraiser **** (1987, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley) – Classic Movie Review 6113

Clive Barker writes and directs this classy, entertaining, graphically gruesome 1987 British horror movie based on his novella story The Hellbound Heart.

Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins star as Larry and Julia, a couple who move into a new home where there is a horrible fiend hiding in the attic that needs feeding on men’s blood – and it is the unfaithful wife’s zombie dead old lover, who is also the husband’s half-brother.

Higgins must pick men up and bring them back to give to the thing as human sacrifices to complete his body, and he can thus be snatched back from hell.

It is a highly confident and promising feature directing début by horror writer Barker, with Doug Bradley as Pinhead, the head of a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites.

Also in the cast are Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Kenneth Nelson, Gay Baynes, Niall Buggy, Dave Atkins, Oliver Parker, and Grace Kirby.

It was a hit and spawned a long-running franchise. Hellbound: Hellraiser II followed in 1988, with Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth in 1992, Hellraiser: Bloodline in 1996, Hellraiser: Inferno in 2000, and Hellraiser: Revelations in 2011. A reboot of Hellraiser is announced.

It is shot by Robin Vidgeon, produced by Christopher Webster, Mark Armstrong, David Saunders and Christopher Figg, scored by Christopher Young and designed by Jocelyn James and Michael Buchanan, with special effects by Bob Keen.

Clive Barker was born on 5 October 1952 in Liverpool.

© Derek Winnert 2017 Classic Movie Review 6113

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