New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: ‘Hellraiser’ Aims To Wreak Havoc, But Ends up Just Raising Heck

Too bad effects don’t equal creativity, or the new Hellraiser might be something at least adjacent to enjoyable.

The original 1987 horror classic was truly a nasty piece of work, with the type of gleefully unhinged creativity that only a pre-CGI world could give. It owed its existence to a decade ravaged by many plagues, namely the four-letter kind that could transform pleasure into a death sentence, and greed. Yet the kind of greed the movie truly condemned was less a judgment on the rich than a more insatiable form of cruelty, which drove a person to consume all regardless of the cost, human or otherwise.

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