So last December as of writing this, I did a Hellraiser marathon with my DVDs, along with some buddies, and started listing the deaths (and the number of pizza we ordered); and I started to see...influences. So is it really a slasher film in disguise? Has my belief been shattered?
Not really, the whole franchise isn't as stalky and slashy as some people sees it. There's a few titles that have gone to this style but let me break it down to you all, film by film. (puts on smart glasses and pulls out a half-eaten apple)
|Frank was the real monster in Hellraiser,|
not the Cenobites
|A Journey to Hell? Not slasher!|
|Messy, but no, the structure's completely gone.|
Bloodline has its moments of slasher tropes; the first generation flashback certainly proved this, but when it moved to the second generation flashback, the murders were few, only a couple to satisfy some urges from Pinhead's new pet, Chatterbeast, as the whole emphasis of it was more on Pinhead's attempt to bring Hell on Earth (again). The "present" story of the film, taking place in the future, had the slasher structure. Stalk and kill, one by one murders, committed by Pinhead's new cronies all before they were banished to Oblivion and what might have been the end of the whole franchise.
|It took 300 years or something just for them to do the killings.|
|Inferno and it's mindfucks.|
|Hellseeker also does mindfucks, only more bearable and it works.|
|I don't even know what to call Deader, but it sure took a hint|
to where this franchise is going.
|Hellworld? or Hellslashers?|
|Yikes. Dimensions, end it now. Please!|
So there you have it! Til' next time, mates, as I tackle more of horror cinema's hidden and long debated questions!