Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Hellraiser (1987) – A Quick Capsule Theatre Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It’s odd isn’t it… the world we live in.  Cineworld has run to the hills, we are about to enter a new lockdown with the arts are on their knees.  So when I heard the currently dormant Eastbourne Theatres was returning for a short run of ‘enhanced’ movies I was excited… the ability to go back to the cinemas, to see a few classic films on the BIG screen, to experience something new.  First up (and sadly now Only one I will be watching) was Hellraiser – Clive Barker’s timeless horror  starring the legendary Doug Bradley, a guts and gore soaked body horror that started a franchise and launched a million halloween costumes.  Hellraiser is a great film and holds up really well, all things considered.  Now add to that some live smoke and lighting effects to enhance the film and you have a really unique experience and a GREAT way to watch a movie.  Oh and don’t forget to make the audience jump out their skin by adding a massive live BANG! when the body falls out the wardrobe.  Brilliant (and yes I jumped.  HIGH).  Look the world is a different place now but experiences like this remind you that creativity deserves to be saved… both those who make the films we watch and the shows we love.

Best Bit: The BANG!

Attend, Avoid: Attend

8 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...