Somebody hold my hand - I watched Hellraiser alone last night

Yesterday my girlfriend departed for a three week trip and I have the place all to myself. I thought, “Awesome, now I can do whatever I want!”

So after I finished tap dancing on her desk and exposing myself to her stuffed animals, I decided to watch a movie I wouldn’t normally get to see if she were here. I thought it would be fun to rent a horror movie, so I got Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.

I almost never watch horror movies because I find them stupid. They never scare me. Nightmare on Elm Street? Feh. Friday the 13th part XVII? Puh-leese. So I thought this would be a laugh and I could pretend I was a kid home alone when my parents were out. I could stay up late and eat snacks and stuff and nobody could do a thing about it.

Then I hit ‘play’.

Holy crap, that movie scarred me. The beginning was really graphic and awful, but then it got into telling the story and it wasn’t that bad. The part about the guy coming back wasn’t so nasty. I’ve seen people hit on the head with hammers before in the movies.

But when Pinhead and his buddies showed up I had to go turn on all the lights and check every room in the house. Very disturbing and nightmarish. Especially that chattering teeth guy.

Of course, it’s against my principles to not finish a film. And remember, I DON’T get scared at horror movies. So I finished it, and was terrorized in the night by the memory of the grande finale. Oooh, it creeped me out when the guy was all strung up and said, “Jesus… wept.”

I tried to get to sleep because I had to work this morning. Kept having nightmares, and of course every creek of the house sounded like the Cenobites coming to get me.

Got up at 2AM and read for a while and I was starting to calm down. Then I went into the kitchen for a drink, and heard a sudden gurglinlg noise that sounded exactly like someone gasping for air - like the female cenobite! My blood went cold until I realized it was the refridgerator.

So I went to work tired and weirded out today, and came home to an empty house. It’s too quiet.

Anybody want to sleep over?

You know, this is the EXACT reason I’ve never once seen a horror movie.

Good luck.


Best. Horror. Movie. Ever.

Glad you enjoyed it. :smiley:

It IS a rather creepy movie, but I don’t remember being scared by it.

If that movie freaked you out I suggest you do NOT see “The ring” alone. Hubby thought it was scary, I thought it was dark and dreary. However, the very end of the movie is nightmarish and did freak me out slightly. I won’t spoil it, just watch it.

That’s a good flick. Certainly one of the better horror movies out there.

I miss being able to enjoy a horror movie like that. Too jaded now. I did find The Ring pretty effectively creepy, though

But getting too scared to go to bed with the lights off is half the fun! Be warned, though, none of the seventeen sequels (okay, it’s really only, like, seven or eight sequels) is near as good, though some of them have their moments.

You should read The Hellbound Heart, the Clive Barker novella on which the movie Hellraiser was based.


Whatever you do, when you walk through the dark, creaky rooms by yourself, don’t think about Pinhead… AND HE’S NOT SNEAKING UP ON YOU!!! Don’t think it… and the hair raising up on the back of your neck?? Not Pinhead sneaking up on you!! NOT!

Um, thanks DeVena.

Looks over shoulder

I think I might be getting better. Spent last night watching Schoolhouse Rocks. That’s pretty much the antithesis of a horror film.

Great flick!

The second one isn’t too bad…but the rest just arn’t the same.

They made about 5 more if you’re still interested.

So have you seen Hellraiser II yet? :slight_smile:
If you have, stop there. The rest of the series is terrible. (IMHO)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II isn’t as good, but there are some definitely freaky moments.

Please… get them off me…

I don’t know if I agree with Coldfire’s assertation that Hellraiser is the best horror movie ever, but it’s definitely the best one to come out at least since The Exorcist. I really loved the way it was shot, with all the bluish-white light.

The thing that struck me most about the movie was the blurring of the lines between pleasure and pain, and the concept that for some, pleasure is pain, or was it the other way around? The Marquis de Sade would have had a field day with this one.

Get 'em off me!!!

(that’s from the sequel. You don’t really need to bother with any sequels beyond the first one.)

I’ll happily hold your hand Gassendi.

Don’t worry if mine is a little … colder than usual.
Or slightly … slimy.

And the extra digits are for your … comfort.

Yes, that’s it.

Just relax into this extra orifice which is opening just for you …

I’m one of the 2 or 3 people who actually liked Hellraiser 4, the one with three different stories following the bloodline of the guy the made the puzzle box to begin with.

Hellraiser 3 was pretty bad though. The direct-to-video sequels after 4 (there’s been 2 or 3 of them) were actually better in some ways than 3.