After 35 years and 10 movies, Hellraiser has lastly obtained a reboot. The brand new film stars actress Jamie Clayton because the notorious and iconic Pinhead. Within the movie collection, a puzzle field, sometimes called the Lament Configuration, might be shifted into new shapes…appearing as a key to opening up a gateway to hell.
As soon as summoned by the puzzle field, a gaggle of interdimensional beings often known as the Cenobites arrive, bringing pleasure, ache, and infrequently demise. To those beings, pleasure and ache are intertwined. Since they stay in a realm past life and demise, they reply merely to bodily sensations, unable to separate the great from the dangerous.
After watching the brand new movie, horror followers will doubtless wish to maintain the scares coming, and top-of-the-line methods to try this is with an excellent sport. As a result of video games are immersive and interactive, they’ll typically be even scarier than films. So, if you happen to appreciated Hellraiser, listed here are 5 video games you should try.
In Agony, gamers get up as a misplaced soul trapped in Hell. It’s a pure selection for followers of Hellraiser for the reason that movie collection additionally explores the tortures of the netherworld. Each Hellraiser and Agony additionally function tons of physique horror. Within the movies, the Cenobites usually hook their victims, stretching them out like a morbid type of physique suspension…till the particular person is totally torn aside. In Agony, Hell is introduced as a cavernous lair with partitions manufactured from burnt flesh, bones, and uncovered muscle. Blood seeps from nearly each nook of the sport. Most of the characters in Agony even seem like they got here straight out of Hellraiser (the sport’s Pink Goddess might simply be mistaken for a Cenobite).
Nonetheless, Agony is a bit controversial. To start with, it was a crucial and industrial catastrophe. The sport was panned upon launch for feeling tedious and missing a lot to do…although it has gone on to discover a cult following within the years since its launch. It’s additionally controversial as a result of it was initially rated AO (Adults Solely), one of many only a few video games ever to obtain the score. To get the sport right down to an M score, the creators needed to take away some scenes of demonic intercourse, nudity, and gore. However don’t fear, so much nonetheless made it into the ultimate product. Plus, an uncut model might be downloaded for PC, giving players the complete AO expertise (which followers of Hellraiser will most likely desire).
Alien: Isolation is one other sport that feels and appears much like Hellraiser, and the reason being apparent. Each franchises had been born from mixing horror with sexualization. For Hellraiser, author and director Clive Barker has overtly said in interviews that his time within the BDSM scene impressed the story. The leather-based and latex outfits, uncovered flesh, and the Cenobite’s obsession with feeling bodily stimuli – even when it brings ache – had been all features pulled straight from the fetish scene.
Alien: Isolation can be thought-about one of many scariest video games ever made, forcing gamers to run and conceal from a xenomorph who’s stalking and killing survivors trapped on a failing house station that’s descended into chaos. Including to the fear is that there’s no option to kill the alien within the sport. As an alternative, gamers are pressured to run, disguise, and evade till the very finish.
The xenomorph in Alien was born from an identical mixture. Designed by H.R. Giger, who referred to as his artwork model “biomechanical,” the xenomorph was impressed by Giger’s obsession with mixing our bodies with machines. Is it a vein or a tube? A coronary heart or a battery? And has anybody ever observed that the alien’s head seems to be surprisingly like an erect physique half? Giger liked creating sexualized and terrifying pictures, usually depicting nude our bodies that had been half machine or hooked as much as a bigger construction.
Clive Barker even wrote the introduction to one in every of Giger’s books of artwork, the Necronomicon, so there’s likelihood that Giger’s work just isn’t solely much like Barker’s, however truly helped encourage Barker and even Hellraiser to some extent.
Lifeless by Daylight
Oddly sufficient, Hellraiser nearly grew to become a online game fairly a number of occasions, however each try ended up falling by way of the cracks. So, for any fan wanting the closest factor to a Hellraiser sport they’ll get, they want to take a look at Lifeless by Daylight. On this 4 v 1 sport, one participant takes the position of the killer and the others should battle for survival and attempt to escape.
The sport has additionally change into well-known for together with horror icons like Pinhead, the lead Cenobite. The Hellraiser DLC means that you can play as Pinhead himself, who comes along with his personal particular assaults that use hooks and chains, and even the Lament Configuration. Whereas it doesn’t present a real Hellraiser gaming expertise, it’s nonetheless extremely enjoyable and is the closest now we have to this point.
Clive Barker’s Timeless
For players who’re wanting extra of Barker’s trademark mixture of horror and gothic fantasy, they need to revisit his 2001 PC sport, Clive Barker’s Timeless. Within the sport, gamers tackle the position of Patrick Galloway, who is known as to a coastal property by his buddy, Jeremiah Covenant. Jeremiah claims that supernatural entities have taken management of his dwelling, but it surely seems the paranormal beings are literally Jeremiah’s siblings, who’ve all been reanimated by a curse and was beings of pure evil. Earlier than lengthy, gamers are transported right into a hellish realm the place they need to battle to finish the curse and save their buddy and his household.
For an older sport, Clive Barker’s Timeless truly has a reasonably stable creepy ambiance. So long as you’re OK with the sport’s dated look, it may be actually gratifying due to its nice story that was written by the horror legend himself.
For followers of the blood, gore, and mutilation of Hellraiser, Outlast is the proper sport. The story facilities round a journalist who investigates a dilapidated insane asylum. Inside, absolute mayhem has erupted. Sufferers and medical doctors have change into murderers, many with wounds so extreme they shouldn’t be alive. Issues get even worse when players study that madness isn’t the one hazard within the hospital…there’s additionally a malicious entity, The Walrider, killing folks one after the other.
Identical to Alien: Isolation, the sport is recurrently hailed as one of many scariest video games ever made, forcing gamers to navigate pitch-black hallways whereas the sounds of footsteps might be heard round each nook. It’s extremely (and nearly unbearably) suspenseful at occasions and a lurking sense of dread runs all through the complete sport.
Hellraiser followers may also discover and recognize the way in which Outlast makes use of and subverts ideas of faith. Barker usually integrated faith into his works, together with Hellraiser. The movie requested “What’s Hell?” and that iconic “Jesus wept” line nonetheless lives on as one of the vital memorable in the complete film. Outlast additionally subverts faith, utilizing it as a plot gadget so as to add depth and inquiries to the story, whereas additionally alluding to a a lot deeper hazard.