Clive Barker's Hellraiser burst onto cinema screens in September , going on to become one of the most significant horror movies ever made. To date it has spawned nine sequels, with the latest instalment due in The initial films in the series were gory, but had elements of black humour and a sprinkling of camp; a sort of outrageous, grown-up fairy tale for adults. But the dark core at the heart of the series is without doubt the Cenobites; a group of mutilated and sadistic extradimensional beings that are summoned from another realm whenever an unfortunate individual solves a magical puzzle box known as the Lament Configuration. This combination of sadomasochistic elements and graphic violence was clearly going to be an issue with film censors, and the first two films in the series in particular ruffled more than a few feathers at the MPAA and the BBFC. In this month's edition of Cutting Edge, we'll be taking a look at some of the censorship issues surrounding the original Hellraiser and its sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, in both the US and the UK.
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Hellraiser: Inferno is the fifth film in the Hellraiser series. It was directed by Scott Derrickson and released on October 3, Inferno is unique in the Hellraiser series in that it underplays the high level of gore of the earlier films. Many scenes cut away before the moment of violence. Detective Joseph Thorne , a shady LA detective inconsiderate to those around him, investigates the murder of Jay Cho, who was killed by hooked chains after solving the Lament Configuration , which Joseph finds under a candle with the finger of a child in it. After cheating on his wife Melanie with a hooker named Daphne, Joseph solves the Lament Configuration in a motel and seems to have a dream where he meets the Wire Twin Cenobites, a second Chatterer Cenobite who has no legs , and finally Pinhead , who tears his face apart before he wakes up to find it a dream.
It is the tenth installment in the Hellraiser film series created by Clive Barker , written and directed by the series' longtime special make-up effects artist Gary J. The plot centers on three police detectives who, investigating a series of murders, are confronted by the denizens of hell. The film expands the fictional universe by introducing a new faction of hell, the Stygian Inquisition, who are distinct from the recurring Cenobites.
There are two types of people: People who love Hellraiser , and people who have never seen Hellraiser. From the outside looking in, this movie franchise may seem like a paper-thin excuse to watch a guy with nails in his face torture random people, but it's actually one of the best scary sagas around. Hellraiser began as a sharp, low-budget thriller about adultery and vengeance from beyond the grave plus some extra-dimensional monsters obsessed with testing the limits of pleasure and pain — mostly pain. It was directed by acclaimed author Clive Barker based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart after he expressed disappointment in how previous adaptations of his work.