"We have such sights to show you," says Pinhead in the totally messed up, disturbing and brilliant Hellraiser. Just when we thought Wes Craven had pushed the envelope in the 1980's with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Clive Barker tore the envelope up, wrapped it up in S&M bondage gear and set it on fire. This film is definitely not for everyone. However, you cannot deny its emotional impact. It's still one of the most original and disturbing horror films out there. IMDB summarized the plot as follows "An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell." I'll take their word for it. To be honest, the first time I saw it I didn't know what the crap was going on and just tried to hang on for dear life. I was repulsed by what I saw but I also couldn't take my eyes off of it. I'm sure that's just what Barker had in mind! He is definitely one twisted little puppy.
The special effects are amazing and remind me of those in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) but kicked up a notch or two. He also has Dario Argento's love of blood and heavy symbolism and uses both to great effect. The acting is superb and the ensemble cast work flawlessly together. There is not a weak link in the bunch. This film also gave us "Pinhead," the lead Cenobite who is just as iconic as Freddy, Jason or Michael.
This is truly an original horror film. The cinematography will absolutely blow your mind and still looks fantastic over twenty years later. The musical score is also excellent and helps to establish the mood of the film. This one is definitely a must see but prepare yourself for the ride of our life.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.