Next Sunday, August 2nd, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood will be play a double feature of Hellraiser and Pumpkinhead. If you enjoy violent horror movies and you haven’t seen Hellraiser, I strongly recommend you catch it.
Hellraiser has an interesting production history. Writer and director Clive Barker is best known as an author of horror novels and short stories; Hellraiser began as a novella called “The Hellbound Heart” which Barker published in 1986. Barker decided to adapt his novella personally rather than option it to a studio; this is largely the result of his displeasure with Underworld, a film adaptation made of a previous Barker story. Barker’s decision to shoot Hellraiser as an independent film was a wise one; it’s hard to imagine a major studio like Universal or Warner Bros making a film as gory or sexually explicit as Barker’s finished film.