Hellraiser Movies In Order
Hellraiser has been terrifying movie goers for almost three decades now. Since its first release in 1987 till the latest in 2011, Pinhead, the antagonist has been competing with other top movie serial killers for most gruesome character. In total there are nine films in this franchise with no signs of letting up. In fact, with the continued box office success there has even been talks of rebooting the series in the future. However, in the meantime, Hellraiser still ranks among the top horror genre series. With deep roots in popular culture including TV shows, comic books, and novels, it’s clear that we have not seen the last of Pinhead.
It’s pretty much up to you if you watch the Hellraiser movies in order. The first three movies follow the same story line and should probably be watched in order. From there on out it gets a little murky. The fourth film is a prequel to the first three, but is also acting as a sequel. By this I mean it takes place in the future, but also has flashbacks to explain past events. After the fourth one, the rest can be watched in any order you please, for the most part they are standalone films. My verdict would be to start at the first movie, simply because it’s the best one, and it’s also the start of the series chronologically.
The initial Hellraiser movies were received quite well by the public. There was a lot of good reviews, and the first three movies garnished high ratings on both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. However, after the third movie, ratings started to slip, and so did box office earnings. The final movie in the series, “Revelations” released in 2011 received almost universal negative reviews, with only a 2.1 on IMDB.
Many die-hard fans were initially thrilled with the first three films in the series, but felt the later releases started to become cliché. The series needed a fresh start to recover which is why there are currently talks for rebooting the entire series. Last year it was confirmed that Clive Barker will be directing the new reboot, and that Doug Bradley would again be playing Pinhead. This news excited eager cans, but there is no word on a current release schedule by the franchise.
Following the immediate success of the movies, Epic Comics began a comic series based on Hellraiser in 1989. It would go on to release 20 separate comics over the next three years as well as many special edition versions. Pinhead has also been featured in “Hellbound Hearts” which is a book containing 21 short stories that focus around his character.
Whether you’re a casual movie lover, or a die-hard Pinhead fan, Hellraiser has earned its spot in horror history. With nine films, a book, and a comic series, it’s clear that fans love his gruesome ways. With a potential reboot in progress, it’s clear that Pinhead will be scaring fans well into the future.