Hellbound: Hellraiser II Expands – and Improves – On Hellraiser’s Mythology

Based on Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart and made on a relatively small budget, Hellraiser surprised enough at the box office to earn an immediate sequel. Its follow-up, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, performed a little below its predecessor at the box office. In addition, critics were less impressed with the results this time around. Not […]

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Hellraiser and Horror: Pinhead Still Tears Your Soul Apart

In his original review, Roger Ebert referred to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as a ‘bankruptcy of imagination’. Despite Ebert’s role in elevating the art of film criticism, he most certainly got it wrong with Hellraiser. There may be many things wrong with the movie, but a lack of creativity is not one of them. Hellraiser premiered in […]

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All Aboard for The Midnight Meat Train

Horror novelist Clive Barker’s work has never enjoyed the same success in its translation to the big screen as the work of his contemporary Stephen King. Lord of Illusions was truthfully a bit of a mess, and while it has gained a cult following, Nightbreed was a box office miss. To date, Hellraiser remains the […]

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The Hellraiser Franchise: The Films Ranked from Worst to First

When the original Hellraiser (1987) was released it marked a completely different turn for horror films. Clive Barker’s vision was low-budget, but high-concept. Hellraiser bucked the 1980’s horror trend of masked, wise-cracking killers stalking horny teenagers. In spite of Barker’s unique vision the Hellraiser series – 10 films and counting to date – has been the […]

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Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)

  The original Hellraiser (1987) was released over 30 years with its first sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988), hitting theaters a year later. You’ll be forgiven for not knowing that Hellraiser films have continued to be be sporadically released since those first two films with the majority of these sequels going straight to video since […]

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