I Don’t Think Straight Men Ever Had a Lock on “Hellraiser”

The 2022 reboot turns the franchise’s queer subtext into text, and shows the power of claiming your monster.

Someone in fishnets and a black miniskirt. Their wrists are bound with cuffs and there’s a chain or leash leading down between them.
Oh, no, chains and black leather outfits. Surely, a sex demon is at work. Photo by Artem Labunsky on Unsplash

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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.