Hellraiser (2022) is packed with action, blood, gore, and many practical effects. This movie honors the iconic franchise by keeping similar lore and look (especially when it comes to the kills and the Cenobites) but is unafraid to make something unique.
Hellraiser not only showcases some gnarly “villains” and disgusting deaths, but it goes all out when it comes to revealing the truth about human nature. The perfect kick-off to spooky season, there is much to love about Hellraiser, even if it isn’t perfect.
Why Fans Will Love Hellraiser (2022)
There are many reasons to love Hellraiser (2022), but let’s start with the most obvious. Jamie Clayton freaking slays as Pinhead. She brings something to this character that is bone-chilling yet sexy. Subtle yet alarming. The Hell Priest is absolutely dreadful — in the best way possible.
This is a fan favorite character, so there must have been immense pressure. However, it doesn’t come across on screen at all. Pinhead is confident, and that kind of confidence can only be brought to the character by Clayton. She hit the nail on the head with this one… (see what we did there).
The sound design for Hellraiser (2022) also needs to be praised because it elevates the entire movie. From the crunching of pills on the concrete to the literal peeling of flesh off of bodies, the Hellraiser team did not hold anything back. These details will have viewers on the edge of their seats.
The very best thing about this film is the use of practical effects. They did everything as a practical effect that they could. This adds a bit of realism and believability to the movie and stays true to what Hellraiser has always been.
What Doesn’t Work With Hellraiser (2022)
The biggest issue with Hellraiser (2022) is that the story itself is very predictable. What is supposed to be a bit of a twist instead can be seen coming from a mile away. This hurts the shock factor of it all, although it can be forgiven because the execution of it all is there – and it works.
The Cenobites, for the most part, look incredible. However, there are one or two shots early on where they come off not as terrifying as they should. These prosthetics and suits are so detailed and intricate, but there are times that they don’t evoke the emotion from the audience that they should.
Have no fear, though, because by the second half of the movie, when they continuously show up, they demand attention – and deserve it.
Overall Hellraiser (2022) Thoughts
Hellraiser might not be perfect, but this one is worth checking out for those who love the franchise or just horror in general. The Cenobites are constantly one-upping each other when it comes to their looks. The deaths get crazier and crazier (and bloody). The effects are spot on, and the score and sound elevate the film to a whole new level.
In true Hellraiser fashion, this is less about the Cenobites and more about human nature, causing the story itself to be quite intriguing.
Hellraiser (2022) comes exclusively to Hulu on October 7th.