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Hellraiser (1987)

R  |   |  Horror  |  18 September 1987 (USA)
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An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.



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3rd Victim
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Kenneth Nelson ...
Gay Baynes ...
Niall Buggy ...
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Clive Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body... but the Cenobites won't be happy about this. Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <>

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Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


$14,564,027 (USA)

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Clare Higgins hates horror movies. When she saw this movie for the first time at the premiere, she had to leave after 10 minutes because it freaked her out so much. She has never seen the whole movie. See more »


When The Monster in the tunnel chases Kirsty back towards the hospital room, you can see the trolley and wheels the monster is being wheeled on. Also whilst Kirsty is running away, the camera cuts to the tunnel, and it seems she is running the wrong way (the tunnel with the painted disappearing point appears supposedly ahead of her). See more »


Frank Cotton: I thought I'd gone to the limits. I hadn't. The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits... pain and pleasure, indivisible.
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Classic Horror Movie, Pinhead Point
18 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is obviously the best Hellraiser. Nothing can beat the 1st scene when Pinhead and the Cenobites come in to view. It is simply some of the most powerful present day horror. The creativity of the hellbound world gives this movie a 9. With the low budget, it still maintains the vision of Clive Barker, the author who penned this original story. I believe that this movie and subject is at the apex of creativity instead of the boring slashers that have dominated horror movies in the 80's and 90's. Now, it seems we are getting the "I know what you did two summer's ago" and "weird horror flicks like "Grudge" and the films that it cloned.Pinhead point--He should actually be called 9-inch nail-head because that is what is pounded into his head not little pins.

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