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Hellraiser -- From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous, demonic Pinhead. When Kirsty Cotton's family moves into their ancestral home, they are terrorized by the resurrected corpse of her uncle, who requires the flesh of murdered innocent victims in order to become whole and alive again.
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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Director:
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; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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More Urbane and Interesting Than Other 1980s Horror Movies See more (314 total) »

Cast

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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
John Cormican .... special makeup effects and creature crew (as Little John)
Dave Elsey .... special makeup effects and creature crew
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
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
Christopher Hall .... third 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 Donoghue .... best boy
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
Dennis Davidson .... Additional publicity
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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (uncut) | 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 (cut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout most of the film, Larry has a bandage on his right hand. When he talks to Julia through the bathroom door, Larry's bandage is on his left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Frank (wearing Larry's skin):Stay with us. We can all be happy here.
Kirsty Cotton:No...
Frank (wearing Larry's skin):Come to daddy!
Kirsty Cotton:Oh my God!
Frank (wearing Larry's skin):Come... to daddy!
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Movie Connections:
References The Whip and the Body (1963)See more »

FAQ

How is the film different from the novel?
Were the Cenobites human?
What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncut Version?
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
More Urbane and Interesting Than Other 1980s Horror Movies, 28 October 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Hellraiser may not be an incredible work of horror genius, but it certainly is one of the more inventive and engagingly dark and twisted horror films of the 1980s, when horror films were almost all dull, poorly made, recycled, and absurd. Hellraiser's themes include sadomasochism, in an intriguing concept of the slasher figure in the story, which is a Gothic- looking antique puzzle box that summons ruthless demons to victimize the person in possession of it by subjecting them to a world of debilitating eternal pain. It also involves a femme fatale on the level of a chiller that does not involve fantasy, played brilliantly in an extremely acute performance by beautiful Clare Higgins. There is the layer of plot surrounding her that inhabits late-thirties, early-forties married and adulterous life with her almost frustratingly naive and unsuspecting husband, which is invaded by the devilish embodied soul of her ex-lover, brutalized by the demons of the puzzle box. Finally, at the core of the story is the pivotal character, as her fill of screen time patiently awaits to the point where she is revealed to be so, and she is the teenage stepdaughter, played by Ashley Laurence, one of the sexiest actresses I have ever seen. Everything from her voluptuous body to her scream-bloody-murder portrayal of the stepdaughter makes me wonder why her career never went any higher than this.

So yes, the movie is more urbane than the vast majority of other horror films in that decade. It's even set in England. It's interesting that no one has an English accent in England, according to this movie, but nevertheless the locale serves the film with a dark atmosphere of sophistication and antiquity, which suits a story that surrounds an age-old puzzle box. This feel of the movie that I speak of is interrupted, quite inexplicably by beer-drinking, dirty-T-shirt-wearing American furniture movers, which I didn't know they had in England.

Hellraiser is quite an enormous entertainment despite its 1980s-style inconsistencies that I suppose it just couldn't help but have. It's especially enjoyable during autumn, mainly during Halloween time.

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