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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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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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Hellraising Horror See more (345 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Kelly K. Learman .... casting assistant
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
 
Location Management
Jane Studd .... location manager
 
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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clive Barker's Hellraiser" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
94 min | Sweden:89 min (cut) | Finland:86 min (cut)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:M (theatrical rating) (cut) | 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:16 (re-rating) (2017) (uncut) | Germany:Not Rated (2011) (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:
Character actor Lance Henriksen was offered the role of Frank by New World Pictures. But he turned it down, fearing that if successful, he would have to appear in a series of sequels, which he wasn't keen on. Henriksen would later go on appear in one of the Hellraiser sequels, Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) (V).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the start of the film when Kirsty is walking towards the house you can see her hair is evenly sitting behind her head, but in the next scene when the camera looks back at her, her hair is bunched to one side.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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24 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Hellraising Horror, 21 March 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

Adapted by Clive Barker from his own story "The Hellbound Heart" this has long been a favorite among horror-film devotees. Clive Barker is an outstanding writer. In terms of literary style light years ahead of Stephen King. His awesomely unhinged imagination is given free rein in this tale of the darker side of the human psyche.

Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) is as immoral and perverted a scumbag as you could hope to find in the English speaking world. Ever alert to the potential for some new thrill (sexual or otherwise) Frank comes by a small carved wooden cube that just happens to be (in the right hands) a gateway to Hell. Not your normal run of the mill pit of hot sulphur fumes presided over by a horned Lucifer wielding his time-honored pitchfork, but a most unpleasant parallel dimension, home of the wickedly inventive Pinhead and his cenobite cohorts. As the series worked its way onwards, Pinhead (Bradley) became a retro cult hero much like Freddy Kreuger and was given increased screen-time!

Frank ends up paying the ultimate price in his search for new pleasures and to his everlasting discomfort, inevitably discovers the real meaning of the film's tag-line "He'll tear your soul apart." This leaves Frank's ex well and truly home-alone and she takes up with his wimpy brother Larry, crawlingly played by Andrew Robinson.

Things might have worked out for Julia (Higgins) and daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) had not Larry cut his hand badly and the blood run beneath the floorboards where Frank's decimated but undead corpse responds dramatically well to the corpuscled cocktail! Frank's gory resurrection is actually one of the film's highlights, aided and abetted as it is by a superb musical score from Christopher Young!

Frank of course is a little miffed over Julia's dalliance with his brother and persuades her to bring him an assembly line of fresh meat to ensure his complexion is brought up to scratch. The demise of the first victim especially is quite shocking horror and on its own would have earned the film its "R" certificate.

Without giving anything else away, it is left to daughter Kirsty to combat both Frank, her socially distasteful step-mother and Pinhead. It is the ultimate learning curve you might say. One hell of a lot goes wrong before it starts getting any better. Frank's second whirl on the block is distinctly gruesome. Kirsty who under normal circumstances would be left a gibbering idiot, survives to take on the sequel and a further appearance by her awesomely repulsive stepmother!

You want horror? you want originality? you like blood on tap? you need HELLRAISER!

For all the above though, Barker's CANDYMAN was still better!

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