Tuesday, January 12, 2010

40/40 Day 12 Report

Clive Barker's Hellraiser remains one of my favorite horror films of the 80s. It was a breath of fresh air in a decade that was all but bogged down in routine and often indistinguishable slasher films. It went on to spawn 7 sequels, of which the only watchable ones are due to the presence of Ashley Laurence (for the record those would be Hellbound and Hellseeker), but even those pale in comparison to the original.

The combination of Barker's original story, fascinating characters in the Cenobites, great gooey special effects, a brilliant score by Christopher Young and a handful of random weirdness (skeletal dragon-thing, anyone?) come together to form an effective horror film that holds up more than 20 years after its release.

On Deck: Time for a classic coming of age tale with Breaking Away.

40 Years/40 Movies Series Tally:
Days Completed: 12
Movies Watched: 19
Number of unique attendees: 18
Total Attendance (cumulative number of attendees for all movies): 105

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