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The most unusual thing about all this is that Hellraiser's iconic baddie, Pinhead (Doug Bradley), isn't much of a baddie at all. Pinhead (or Lead Cenobite, as the official credits more respectfully call him) doesn't actually do much. He doesn't have to. The humans in this movie are good enough at killing each other without his help. Furthermore, most of the victims are not frolicsome teenagers but middle-aged businessmen Julia leads back to Frank's chamber. Julia and especially Frank are the real villains of Hellraiser: Pinhead's just a catalyst. A cool-looking catalyst, but that's beside the point.
Not everything in Hellraiser works. A shot of a red carnation bursting into bloom as Julia turns to the dark side is way too highflown and silly. There's also an annoyingly random old man who appears once in a while to glower at Kirsty and munch on the crickets at the pet store where she works. He doesn't appear to have any function beyond Creeping You Out, which the Cenobites do a perfectly adequate job of without any help. These missteps are distractions, though, not dealbreakers. I give Hellraiser a 5/5. It's not a perfect movie, but it's miles closer than most horror. How'd you like them apples, Ebert?
|Fashion faux pas: white shirt during battle with bloody corpse.|