Tuesday, October 25, 2011
October 23rd: Hellraiser Revelations (2011)
Bored with life in Los Angeles, Nico Bradley (Jay Gillespie) and his best friend Steven Craven (Nick Eversman) decide to run away and travel to Mexico to drink, party and meet beautiful women. There, the two are approached by a mysterious vagrant (Daniel Buran), who gives them a mysterious puzzle box, telling Nico that the box provides experiences beyond the limits of his concepts of pain and pleasure.
When it was released in 1987, Clive Barker's Hellraiser was a gruesome change of pace from the slasher films of the era, which had become increasingly campy and over-the-top by this point. Eschewing the overused "masked killer stalking horny teenagers" storyline, Hellraiser presented a more gothic, old-fashioned story of family tragedy, amplified by shocking gore scenes, implications of such taboo subjects as incest, love affairs and resurrection from beyond the grave and a frightening new icon in Pinhead, The Dark Prince of Pain.
Next Up: October 24th: The Return of Dracula (1958)