Hellraiser (PSP UMD)
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Hellraiser (PSP UMD)
Director: Clive Baker
Screenplay: Clive Baker
Originally Released: 1987
Iíll admit Hellraiser surprised me. Before watching Hellraiser, I was sure it was going to be some crappy horror-slasher genre flick, like most of itís kind from the late 80ís, early 90ís. I was expecting a clichť story, with a good amount of gore. What I got instead was very, very different.
Hellraiser starts the first half of the movie keeping the audience guessing, keeping most of its story shrouded in mystery. We start off with some guy buying some cube, then we show him back at his home (apparently) where heís surrounded by candles. He then manipulates the cube and from there, things get gory.
The film is quickly paced, characters and plot are set up almost from the get go, and Baker does an excellent job of keeping the film rolling. The actors are decent enough, though they didnít give Emmy award giving performances, but thatís forgivable given that this is horror flick, back when they were often looked down upon.
Where the film falls apart is more towards the end. After the plot is revealed and everythingís out in the open, things get non-sensible. The last quarter of the movie is a bunch of rubbish mixed in with buckets of gore, however even at the end the gore and FX look weak and somewhat rushed. In fact, the whole ending seems to have come about because the director was running out of both time and money.
UMD Extras (NOTE: The following was just lifted out of my children of the corn review, while the movies are completely different, nothingís changed as far as the extras are concerned):
This is where Anchor bay drops the ball completely. For this UMD release, much like all Anchor Bay UMD releases, there are absolutely no extras, no features, no audio options, not even a chapter selection! Thereís a menu, but itís basically useless since all you can do is simply hit the ďPLAYĒ button to start the movie. Iíll give the menu a half can, seeing how itís technically a feature.
Score: Ĺ/5 cans
Overall: While Hellraiser isnít perfect film by any means, itís still an interesting horror film, even to this day.
Final Score: 2Ĺ/5
Added: Monday, December 19, 2005
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