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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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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 ...
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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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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: Kirsty! It's Frank! It's Uncle Frank!
Kirsty Cotton: No!
Frank Cotton: You remember.
Kirsty Cotton: NO!
Frank Cotton: Come to Daddy!
Kirsty Cotton: No! Get the fuck off me!
Frank Cotton: You've grown. You're beautiful.
Kirsty Cotton: Don't touch me! Or so help me...
Frank Cotton: What? What'll you do? What can you do? There's nothing to be frightened of. I bet you make your Daddy proud, don't you? Beautiful.
Kirsty Cotton: This isn't happening!
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Pure horror!
29 January 2002 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

I first saw this brilliant shocker when I was only ten years old and it scared the hell out of me!I still think that this is a really effective horror filled with gruesome imagery(for example rats nailed to the wall)."Hellraiser" reminds me a bit such Italian horror movies like "The Beyond"(1981)and "The House by the Cemetery"(1981),mainly due to its surreal atmosphere of total dread.Add also plenty of gore and some really gruesome special effects made by Bob Keen("Proteus")and you have a winner!I like "Hellraiser" series in general(especially "Hellbound:Hellraiser 2" which is,in the unrated/uncut version a nasty gorefest!),even Part 5("Hellraiser:Inferno")that almost only get bad reviews.It surely is the lowest budget film of the series so far,but it tells a gripping story of one's personal hell with Pinhead involved."Hellraiser:Bloodline" is the only one I really don't like,although it's quite interesting too,because you can see that post production was a mess(making it a Alan Smithee film in the end).

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