Want to Raise a Little Hell with Me?

Every Friday night iZombie Nation hosts a movie rewatch, typically one on Netflix. The movies are normally voted on weekly, but this week was a bit of a catch-up week. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser had been a front runner for a couple of weeks and it finally took the coveted movie pick spot this week. I don’t always get to take part in the rewatches, don’t you hate it when life gets in the way of Netflixing, but this week I was super excited to be involved.

Until just recently I had never watched any of the Hellraiser movies, but a little less than a year ago I took a “Which Horror Movie Villain Are You?” quiz on Zimbio and got Pinhead. No one I knew at the time had seen the movies, but I got a lot of “Oh dang you’re creepy!” responses. I had to know who I was, it was like a quest and who doesn’t love a good quest. I grabbed some mead, okay it was hard cider, and pulled up Netflix late on a Friday night and got to watching. I wound up watching the first three movies in the series, though I might not have watched all of them that night. I did a lot of movie bingeing that October so I can’t always remember which night involved which movies.

In the first film, Hellraiser, Pinhead doesn’t actually have a lot of screen time. He and the other cenobites are apparently just chilling in Hell, while another more human villain runs the show. Larry and Julia move back into Larry’s family home, where his brother Frank was apparently squatting. While you might first think this is a haunted house movie, it’s way darker than that. We learn Julia and Frank were an item and through a bloody fluke while moving in somehow the dead Frank starts coming back to life. He’s a bit of a work in progress and needs Julia to bring him victims to help him regrow his body. There are lots of murders, some random finger sucking, and eventually Kirsty comes across the puzzle box. She accidentally activates it and winds up making a deal with Pinhead for keep herself from being tortured and killed. Everything gets pretty crazy and I don’t want to reveal everything, but Kirsty does get an intense final girl showdown and a magic fire dragon appears. I love the 80’s horror aesthetic and I think the effects in this are really awesome to look at. I know not everyone is a fan, but I think it’s super cool that someone had to make all of the monsters that showed up in this movie.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II came out a year after the original and still focuses on Kirsty. She’s in an institution, but the man in charge is definitely a bit coo coo for cocoa puffs and winds up bringing Julia back and unleashing the cenobites. Pinhead has a bigger presence in this movie because Kirsty winds up going to the portion of Hell that the cenobites exist in. I at least assume it’s Hell. The third movie, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, moves away from Kirsty and instead focuses on  a club owner who buys this pillar that has Pinhead encased inside of it. He uses his influence to get himself made corporeal again and creates new cenobites to help him exact pain and torture on those he feels deserve it. The hero of this movie is an investigative reporter named Joey who learns all about Kirsty and the puzzle box. Besides having a different lead character we also get to see the human that Pinhead used to be.

I don’t know how I feel about being considered Pinhead by that quiz I took, but I do like the movies I’ve seen. I need to watch the rest of the movies in the series, thankfully they are all on Netflix so maybe I can try and binge them before Halloween. We’d love to hear your thoughts about Pinhead, The Hellraiser series, or any thing horror related in the comments or on Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp, or me personally, @kleffnotes, or on my blog, kleffnotes.wordpress.com.

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