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Episode 59 - Hellraiser (1987)


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On this episode, we discuss Clive Barker's feature film directorial debut that rubbed all sorts of Reaganites the wrong way with not only its depictions of chains, leather, and torture, but also with its ideas that the lines between pain and pleasure are blurred in the eye of the beholder. While the franchise would eventually devolve into an incoherent and inconsistent quagmire of mythology and philosophy -- the seeds of which can certainly be found here in the initial installment -- Hellraiser is a remarkably insightful film, raising questions about morality and certainty brought about on a Lovecraftian quest into forbidden knowledge and experiences.

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