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Hellraiser (1987)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Smith ...
Robert Hines ...
Anthony Allen ...
1st Victim
Leon Davis ...
2nd Victim
Michael Cassidy ...
3rd Victim
Frank Baker ...
Kenneth Nelson ...
Gay Baynes ...
Niall Buggy ...
Dinner Guest
Dave Atkins ...
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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. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally set in England (hence the obvious London locations), but the studio, New World thought the film would be more marketable if it was set in America. So many of the English actors (including Sean Chapman, Oliver Parker and others) were dubbed by American actors. See more »


When Frank first opens the puzzle box in the beginning of the film, the inner sides of the sliding pieces are white. Later, when Kirsty opens the box in the hospital, the box's inner sides are brown woodgrain, just like the exterior of the box. 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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User Reviews

A nasty lil' auld box that'll give you pain or pleasure.

Hellraiser (1987) is a dark masterpiece from the twisted world of Clive Barker. Based upon his novel "The Hellbound Heart", Mr. Barker takes us on a trip where people desperate for kicks search out for the ultimate thrill. A sleaze ball named Frank manages to get his oily mitts upon a gaudy looking Rubik's cube that he bought at a bizarre bazaar from a greasy moth eating merchant. Frank (never the sharpest tool in the drawer) gets more than he bargain for when he some how manages to open it up.

A great horror flick that'll send legit chills up your spine. This film not only marks Clive Barker's feature length debut but it introduces the world (and pop culture) to Pinhead! If you don't know by now Pinhead is the coldest and coolest fiend to ever come across the screen in years. He only has an an extended cameo in this one but he'll be back in the latter films. I highly recommend this horror classic.

Not only does this film has some scary elements but it has some classic lines.

"What's your pleasure sir?"

"If you cross us your suffering will be legendary, even in hell!"

"Come to daddy" Frank's mac daddy line.


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