Hellraiser: Directed by David Bruckner. With Odessa A’zion, Jamie Clayton, Adam Faison, Drew Starkey. A take on Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic where a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites.
Not as good as the best Hellraiser (the first one), nor no where near as bad as the worst one (anything after the second), this 2022 Hulu exclusive release is eminently watchable. Odessa A’zion as the POV character does a fantastic job, the soundtrack is on point, and the cinematography is suitable for the genre. As always, I’m still not a big fan of the Cenobites, they’ve always felt a little too goofy to be taken seriously, even when they’re trying their best to be mysteriously horrifying. Up to the point that they showed up with their flayed flesh and pinned heads I was completely enamored by the story that was being told, but then they rolled in with their leather and latex and just goofed the whole place up.
It’s watchable and if you’re a fan of the franchise you’ll not want to miss it.
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