’s feature film directorial debut, Hellraiser
is a remarkable cinematic experience for numerous reasons. Released in 1987, Hellraiser
forged Barker’s career in the realm of cinema after he enjoyed success in the literary world, pushed the boundaries of the horror genre in ways audiences had never seen before, and also introduced us to Doug Bradley
as an exciting new face in horror, firmly establishing his character as an icon whose influence would resonate for decades (and decades) to come.
And, of course, one of the biggest components of Hellraiser
’s perversely wonderful success are the special effects brought to life by designer Bob Keen
and his insanely ambitious and talented crew. With all that in mind, for this installment of Practical-ly Perfect, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the brilliant special effects of Hellraiser
and hear more from Keen about his experiences collaborating with Barker and