In terms of gore, special effects, and twisted imagery, HELLRAISER is a horror lover's wet dream. The atmosphere is so morose and the visuals so macabre, you can't help but feel like needing to take a shower while watching it. Truly, it's impossible find horror movies as f*cked up as HELLRAISER anymore. For these reasons, I love it.
Everything else, on the other hand, simply left me bored. The film focuses much more on the family's story than anything involving the creepy, otherworldly Cenobites, and it's all just so time consuming. The whole subplot with the stepmother killing people to help heal Uncle Frank felt like a mix of horror and a really bad soap operaŚmaybe not in the idea, but in the execution.
Gracefully, the third act eventually kicks into gear and has that not-so-normal "puzzle box" opening a dimensional door into sadomasochism, and that's when the fun really starts. By this point, some of the story elements don't really make sense, and also allow for a number of convenient and contrived plot developments (good thing the Cenobites are seemingly incapable of taking a box from a freaking girl, despite apparently being telekinetic), but none of that matters. Clive Barker's creations and horrific imagery are the only things you'll be focused on; they're weird, cool, and disturbing, all at the same time. Hell, if you're lucky, you might even forget they come hand-in-hand with such an unrelentingly dull and tedious story.
Audio Commentary (with writer/director Clive Barker and actress Ashley Laurence): Repeated from the last release, this is a candid
Mr. Cotton, I Presume? (16:12): An interview with actor Andrew Robinson (who plays the main male lead, Larry), as he discusses his involvement in the film and his career.
Actress from Hell (11:58): An interview with actress Ashley Laurence (who plays the young hottie Kirsty), talking about her work on the film, as well as her work as an artist. She sounds a little pretentious, but at least she's honest.
Under the Skin (12:31): Repeating from the previous DVD release, this is an interview with Doug Bradley, who plays Pinhead. Both informative and entertaining.
Hellcomposer (18:18): An interview with musical composer Christopher Young, who is fully deserving of his own piece due to the film's kickass score.
Hellraiser: Resurrection (24:23): Also repeating from the previous DVD release is this EPK making-of featurette that's loaded with interviews, including Clive Barker and more.
Also included are 3 different Theatrical Trailers, 4 TV Spots, and 4 Still Galleries.