5 nostalgic horror movies to watch on Netflix this weekend

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Jeff Goldblum attends the 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' photocall at London Bridge on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Jeff Goldblum attends the 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' photocall at London Bridge on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) /
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3. Hellraiser

Release Year: 1987
Director: Clive Barker
Writer: Clive Barker
Starring: Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Grace Kirby

When discussing iconic horror movie monsters, Pinhead inevitably comes into the conversation. The lead cenobite in Clive Barker’s masterpiece, Hellraiser, shocked genre fans with his calculated and creative approach to torture and terror. He comes from a dimension of torment, and he has such sights to show you.

Hellraiser follows Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) whose purchase of a mysterious puzzle box (the Lament Configuration) unleashes a horror he never could have expected. Frank solves the puzzle box in the attic of his house and is dragged into another dimension where he was subjected to the painful pleasures of extreme sadomasochism.

Frank’s brother, Larry, moves into his now-abandoned home with his second wife, Julia, who was having an affair with Frank in secret. In the process of moving, Larry cuts his hand and blood drips on the floor of the attic, which summons Frank back into our world as a skinless corpse. He is found by Julia who leads strangers back to the attic as a sacrifice to try to restore Frank to his former (covered in actual skin) glory.

Though Hellraiser marked the directorial debut for Barker, his vast experience as a visual artist and horror writer gave him a creative edge when setting his story to screen. Horror fans loved his meaty material and Hellraiser quickly became one of the genre-defining films of the 80s. It spawned nine sequels and a treasure trove of merchandise, collectibles, and world-building novels and comics.

It’s a classic 80s horror movie, and now that it’s on Netflix, it’s easier than ever to track it down and enjoy.