Why Razors Through Flesh?

The title of this blog comes from the movie Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth and is a quote from the lead cenobite, the Hell Priest, or as he is mostly known: Pinhead.

Here is the scene where the quote is uttered:

“Pinhead: Unbearable, isn’t it? The suffering of strangers, the agony of friends. There is a secret song at the center of the world, Joey, and its sound is like Razors Through Flesh.

Joey: I don’t believe you.

Pinhead: Oh come, you can hear its faint echo right now. I’m here to turn up the volume. To press the stinking face of humanity into the dark blood of its own secret heart.”

The movie isn’t really a favorite for me. I think it is a big step away from the first two Hellraiser movies and breaks some of the rules that Clive Barker created. They changed the role of the Cenobites and added some strange turns to the mythology. And well, the Cenobite with a CD player in his stomach is still a trauma I haven’t really gotten over yet.

But the quote stuck in my head. I even printed a T-shirt with it. Now, long lost.

For me Razors Through Flesh reveals that which is beneath. It can be an act of self harm but it is also a search for relief. It is the search to expose (or handle) the hidden, the forbidden and the shameful. It can be painful and it is something that most people would never do. But here, on this blog, we will cut deep into the Flesh and find all the DARKNESS within.

So, this blog post will be ended with one last quote from the Hell Priest: “Down the dark decades of your pain, this will seem like a memory of Heaven.”


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