Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition (2007) – By Brian Morton

 If you’ve never heard of Hellraiser, then you might as well just leave this site and head over to www.what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-you.com, because this may be the most influential horror movie of the 80s, and arguably all time. Hellraiser not only raised the horror bar, but it set the standard that most horror movies attempt to live up to to this day…most without much success. Now, 20 years after it’s release, Anchor Bay has released a cool anniversary edition for all of us who love this movie…and those of us who are just getting on the bandwagon!

The movie is there in all it’s gruesome glory, and it still holds up well after 20 years, you’d think that a movie from 1987 would feel a bit out of date in today’s cgi world, but it really doesn’t, the creepy story far outweighs any dated looking effects. The movie is here in all it’s glory, and I won’t bore you with the details again, if you don’t know them, then head over to Anchor Bay.com and get yourself a copy…RIGHT NOW! For the rest of you, there are some really cool extra on this disc that haven’t been seen before. There’s Hellraiser: Resurrection (which has appeared before) that features interviews with Clive Barker, Ashley Lawrence, Doug Bradley and composer Christopher Young, but there’s also new material with Young, Lawrence, Bradley and star Andrew Robinson, all sharing memories of what led them to Hellraiser, the filming and other behind the scenes stories, it’s all really great stuff! The disc also offers the trailers and TV spots and commentaries featuring Barker and Lawrence.

If you’re a fan of Hellraiser, then the movie alone is worth the price of admission, but then you add the extras and you’ve got a ‘must have’ situation. You can get a copy for yourself by heading over to the Anchor Bay web site, and believe me, it’s totally worth you money! I’m giving Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition a perfect four out of four cigars, it’s a movie that will still give you the creeps and keep you out of the attic! So, until next time, when I’ll be trying to solve this damned puzzle box for myself, remember that the best movies are bad movies.