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Pinhead > any other 80s franchise villain. No contest!
Man, I was into both of these as a child. It's tragic how age replaces admiration with a baker's dozen of yawns. On the plus side, Keelee von Cupcake is a badass username. Sounds like a delectable pornstar, or maybe a supporting character in some ode to ritualism kinky anime.
The curse of "could have been something more" hangs heavy over Hellraiser. From the unused Coil soundtrack to the general hacking needed to get it to an R rating, it's just a big missed opportunity. It's probably a tad better than Nightmare though.
Two genre defining classics... and I love both to death. But if forced to choose, I'd have to go with Hellraiser. It's darker, more gothic and mysterious.
I'd say Hellraiser was definitely more disturbing and unsettling, but when it comes down to which film I enjoy more, I've gotta go with A Nightmare on Elm Street.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, is more creepy, more atmospheric, has a better villain, and was a little less predictable and cliché.
Hellraiser is great its has side characters that are fantastic and a very dark and original plot while there are scenes that truly are gross and horror first still Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy i like more the idea that dreams can kill you and if you sleep game over the blood and effect were great overall i think Elm is a lot cooler and its sequels kick ass two only the 2nd Hellraiser was great
Pinhead is cooler (and scarier) than Freddy, but A Nightmare on Elm Street is the much better film.
1, 2 Freddy coming to you. 3, 4 better lock the door. 5, 6 grab your crucifix. 7, 8 gonna stay up late. 9, 10 never sleep again
A Nightmare on Elm Street!
Hellraiser is one of the only disturbing movies I've seen - that comes from a guy that didn't think A Clockwork Orange is violent. But to do that, it's too over the top. It was good, but overall only cheesy and fun. Anyways, this is no contest.
Freddy every day of the week.
Hellraiser was OK, but it wasted a lot of potential. Not very scary at all, Pinhead was underused, and Frank was crap. It was boring to say the least. I really did enjoyed Nightmare, as well as Freddy Krueger; a scarier and much better villain. It was even more unsettling imho.
Elm Street is the easy choice...
While I did enjoy the 'Raiser I just think Nightmare on Elm Street is more creative and a better time.
Nightmare is a better movie, even though Hellraiser was OK, it doesnt fall into classic teritorry, and falls really behind the horror masterpiece tier as well.