Drugs are common tropes in horror movies, and addiction is a potent real-life parallel to fictional terrors. But for all the times we’ve seen addicts portrayed in films, we’ve never seen an accurate manifestation of dependency—or have we? The folks at Ain’t Logic have just released a compelling fan theory, one that suggests Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is actually a metaphor for addiction.
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Frank is the addict and the Lament Configuration is a potent drug. After becoming literally hooked, he meets the manifestations of addiction: The Cenobites. Frank escapes their grasp briefly, a metaphor for sobriety, but the Cenobites pursue him relentlessly (a metaphor for relapse). These and other components are discussed in the video below.
Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Do you agree that Hellraiser is a story of addiction, represented by the Cenobites? Let’s discuss!
Official Synopsis: A look into the true meaning behind the iconic film Hellraiser (1987).
For kicks, check out the trailer and synopsis for Hellraiser, released in 1987. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.
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