16. Hellraiser

16. Hellraiser (1987). Clive Barker adapts his novella The Hellbound Heart. It’s filled with visions of pain and suffering that would make Dante blush. The cinematography is dark and claustrophobic, and does much to hide the seams. It’s visually interesting and tense, even when there’s no monsters on screen. Despite being a splatterfilm about demons who are into kinky torture, the film has a definite, logical morality in its message about lusts of the human heart: people desire hell, or make a hell of their own lives. The immediate sequels offer more of the same, but with diminishing returns. The last good entry in the series was Bloodlines (Pinhead in space!).

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