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Hellraiser -- An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.
Hellraiser -- An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.

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Writer:
Clive Barker (written by)
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Release Date:
18 September 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Still Raising Hell [20th Anniversary Re-Issue] See more »
Plot:
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Gothic, Gory, Romantic, Beautiful, Colorful, and Tasteful horror film. A Gem! See more (302 total) »

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Directed by
Clive Barker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clive Barker  novel "The Hellbound Heart" (uncredited)
Clive Barker  written by

Produced by
Mark Armstrong .... executive producer
Christopher Figg .... producer
Selwyn Roberts .... associate producer
David Saunders .... executive producer
Christopher Webster .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Tony Randel (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Sheila Trezise 
 
Production Design by
Michael Buchanan  (as Mike Buchanan)
 
Art Direction by
Jocelyn James 
 
Costume Design by
Joanna Johnston 
 
Makeup Department
Nigel Booth .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Julian Caldow .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Paul Catling .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Stuart Conran .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Dave Elsey .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Little John .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Bob Keen .... special makeup effects designer
Dave Keen .... special makeup effects and creature crew (as David Keen)
William Petty .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Geoffrey Portass .... special makeup effects workshop supervisor (as Geoff Portass)
Roy Puddefoot .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Jason Reed .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Ian Rolph .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Jim Sandys .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Simon Sayce .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Aileen Seaton .... hair stylist
Sally Sutton .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Selwyn Roberts .... first assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... second assistant director
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Ron Allett .... property master
Derek Ede .... stand-by stagehand
Steve Ede .... chargehand carpenter
Belinda Edwards .... production buyer
Richard Harris .... stand-by rigger
Floyd Jones Hughes .... sketch artist
Colin Lovering .... stand-by painter
Gerry O'Connor .... prop stand-by
Steve Payne .... dressing props
John Potter .... stand-by carpenter
Paul Purdy .... stand-by props (as Paul Purdey)
John Rankin .... construction stand-by
Mark Stevenson .... art department assistant
Paul Turner .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Stephen Banks .... Jobfit trainee
David Beesley .... assistant sound effects editor
Michael A. Carter .... dubbing mixer (as Michael Carter)
Joe Gilmore .... assistant dubbing editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... chief dubbing mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
John Ireland .... sound effects editor
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer (as Nicolas Lemessurier)
Tony Message .... dubbing editor
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Clive Osborne .... boom operator (as Clive Osbourne)
Carmela Prudente .... Jobfit trainee (as Carmella Prudente)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wallace .... special makeup effects technician
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dick Dimbleby .... optical printer
Don Lee .... digital compositor
Peter Swinson .... optical printer
Peter Watson .... optical supervisor
Nick Xypnitos .... animator
Clive Barker .... animator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt arranger
Bill Weston .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Collins .... still photographer
Gary Donague .... best boy (as Gary Donoghue)
Tim Field .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Steve Foster .... gaffer
Katya Grenfell .... additional still photographer
Andrew C. Hebden .... electrician (as Andrew Hebden)
Gary Hutchings .... camera grip
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader
Danny Shelmerdine .... focus puller
Ray Wardley .... electrician
David Worley .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Ping Mudie .... assistant to casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
Brian Cox .... wardrobe assistant
Jane Howells .... wardrobe assistant
Ro Sylvester-Fisher .... costume assistant: Cenobite costumes (as Rosemary Sylvester Fisher)
Jane Wildgoose .... costume designer: Cenobite costumes
 
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... first assistant editor
Tim Grover .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom Calderaro .... synthesizer performer
Tom Calderaro .... synthesizer programmer
Jeff Vaughn .... music recordist
Paul Francis Witt .... conductor
Paul Francis Witt .... music consultant
Anne Atkins Young .... music supervisor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Mark Zimoski .... consultant: percussion (as Mark Zimowski)
 
Transportation Department
John Collins .... unit driver
Terry English .... unit driver
Micky Grover .... unit driver
Ron Narduzzo .... unit driver
 
Other crew
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
Robert Fabbri .... floor runner
Alan Harris .... stand-in
Steve Jones .... unit publicist
Su Lim .... assistant to producer
Alex Matcham .... production auditor
Selby McCreery .... assistant to producer
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Patricia Poole .... production accountant (as Pat Poole)
Kathy Sinclair .... stand-in
Clare St. John .... production coordinator
Jane Studd .... location manager
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Ene Watts .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
John Dunne .... grateful acknowledgment
Marie Fisher .... grateful acknowledgment
Piers Gibson .... grateful acknowledgment
John Gregson .... grateful acknowledgment
Christopher Hobbs .... grateful acknowledgment
R.J. Kizer .... grateful acknowledgment
Alan Parker .... grateful acknowledgment
Tony Randel .... many special thanks (as Anthony Randel)
 

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Runtime:
94 min | Sweden:89 min (cut version) | Finland:86 min (cut)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:R | Australia:M (theatrical rating) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Canada:18A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2000) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1998) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1998) (2002) | France:12 | Iceland:(Banned) | Iceland:16 (cut) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (original rating) (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #28562) | West Germany:18 (video rating) (cut)

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Trivia:
Doug Bradley was originally offered a choice of roles between one of the mattress movers and the Lead Cenobite. He originally thought it important that, as a new film actor, the audience should be see his face, and nearly turned down the Lead Cenobite role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Kirsty first wakes up in the hospital bed, the tray-table in front of her is empty. The doctor comes in and deposits the puzzle box on the table. He says he'll get her a phone after they've talked. However, directly after he leaves, we see that a phone has appeared on the table. It is neither mentioned nor used.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Cotton:Jesus wept.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The House That Freddy Built (2006) (V)See more »

FAQ

How is the film different from the novel?
Were the Cenobites human?
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41 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Gothic, Gory, Romantic, Beautiful, Colorful, and Tasteful horror film. A Gem!, 28 October 2007
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

Contrary to what one might conceive in their minds BEFORE watching this classic horror movie, it should be said that Clive Barker has delivered us a real gem of a horror story, packed with intensity, both emotionally, as well as physically. "Hellraiser" is about love, lust, pain, and pleasure. It's been called an "otherworldly tale of pain and torture". It's been referred to as a grim, Gothic romance. Needless to say, it's gore following is much more in numbers than that of the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. Truly, this film is everything one see's it to be, from a romance, to a gore show, to a good ol' fashioned scare show. Either way, it's a fine film regardless. I might add, however, that it may come as a surprise upon first viewing. What is surprising, is the way it plays out very dramatic. Our characters are very down to earth, each with their own personal idiosyncrasies and inner demons, not to mention personal strengths. Each of them stands like a look at the different human desires, fears, joys, and sorrows. It plays out like a grim, Shakespeare play. A man and woman, Larry and Julia Cotton, moving into a home where memories dwell upon like haunting spirits. Larry is a charismatic optimistic gentleman, full of love and compassion for his wife, and his daughter, Kirsty. Julia is a human relic of baggage and fallen dreams, because she bears so many dark secrets, one of which is an affair with Frank, her husband's younger brother. Frank is alive, and replenishing himself after a rather nasty encounter with a Pandora's Box. Larry's blood, spilled over a hardwood floor, brings Frank back to life from an excruciating death, in one of the finest special effects sequences in cinematic history. Once Julia and Frank reunite, their love is more dangerous, and powerful than imagined. Together they conspire in the grand tradition of "McBeth" and "Othello", to reign in pleasure once again. Enter Kirsty, Larry's daughter, and Frank's niece. A warm hearted, but determined soul who crosses paths with Julia and Frank before they can finish their diabolical plan. Kirsty eventually encounters the dark secret beheld Frank upon his death, a puzzle box. It brings pain, pleasure, and death. Creatures of darkness; the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, come to Kirsty when she accidentally calls upon their ghoulish powers. Once unleashed, they must take someone back, and Kirsty knows now, how Frank is back, and she intends to return him to his deathly justice, and save her family...

The writing is just remarkable. Clive Barker has given us people, humans, planted in their own desires, and determinations, and he tears them apart with fear, pain, death, destruction, and total degradation. The Cotton family are the perfect example of purity, torn to shreds by hate, lust, and anguish, and he takes great glee in showing us all the gory details.

The production is a real high! This is what the best type of films are made of. Real, gory, bloody human remains, connecting to each other in divine sequence, to create a 100% greedy man. The colors are plenty and gorgeous. The look of the blood, and the shine of the lights, and the way the actors are lit... It's just beautiful. The music of the film is brilliant. Composer Christopher Young chills the film, and drenches it with his dramatic variation of the main title, and the rest of the music contains harsh strings, brass horns, music box cues, and rhythmic cues that speed the pace up with action.

Clive Barker is such a great writer and director, and filmmaker altogether. He has given us a great thriller that crosses the line between reality and fiction, in great taste and color, literally. It's no wonder twenty years later, the film stands on it's own, aside from it's sequels, and remains an ultimate horror classic to end them all...well some of them anyway. It's not the only horror film to portray itself intellectually, and it certainly has it's gore effect to an all time high. Still, it's quite a dashing and artful film, and always a treat to watch every time.

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