They thought out of the box and it unleashed hell!
Few movies depict hell with so much depth, inspiration and style. This sinister production tells the story arc of a spirit, or a demon, perhaps, putting in place an interesting scheme in order to come back to the world of the living. Hellraiser is sprinkled with scenes of lust, adultery and other perversions. It is a poetically romantic supernatural thriller with an ominously sexy ambiance.
The antagonists in Hellraiser stir common fears and phobias through their connection to the unknown. They do so in a way to arouse the audience's psychological and sexual interest, and hints at social taboos like infidelity, BDSM, fetishism and the thin boundary between pleasure and pain. Chains and hooks are the stuff of cenobites; the hellish creatures the film centers on.
Few horror movies have such a strong signature. It is achieved through intricate storytelling, a dominant score, breath-taking gore and elaborate costume design. The cast is limited and so are the sets. Though the post-production effects are flaky, the tangible ones are inversely plausible. This being a Clive Barker novella he adapted himself, the mythos is dense and cohesive.