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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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Clive Barker (written by)
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Release Date:
18 September 1987 (USA) See more »
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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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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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One of the more original horror movies around. See more (308 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
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 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
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)
Aspect Ratio:
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) | 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:
Nintendo developed a video game based on the film. It was planned as one of the first to feature the capacity to save a player's game and let the player return later to that point in the game. However, it was discovered that the Nintendo console could not correctly interpret the saved game codes, so production was scrapped.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:
Lead Cenobite:The box... you opened it, we came.
Kirsty Cotton:It's just a puzzle box!
Lead Cenobite:Oh no, it is a means to summon us.
Kirsty Cotton:Who are you?
Lead Cenobite:Explorers... in the further regions of experience. Demons to some, angels to others.
Kirsty Cotton:It was a mistake! I didn't... I didn't mean to open it! It was a mistake! You can... GO TO HELL!
Female Cenobite:We can't. Not alone.
Lead Cenobite:You solved the box, we came. Now you must come with us, taste our pleasures.
Kirsty Cotton:Please! Go away and leave me alone!
Lead Cenobite:Oh, no tears please. It's a waste of good suffering!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004) (V)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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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of the more original horror movies around., 9 January 2010
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This surely is a very refreshing and original horror movie to watch. It doesn't has the usual formulaic ingredients in it, such as monsters or a murderous psychopathic serial killer on the loose. No screaming teenagers and no dark haunted places. All we have this time is a cube, that opens doors to hell and unleashes the bringers of pain; Pinhead and friends, who want to play with you forever.

But even that story is being somewhat pushed to the background and it focuses more on a family, of which the wife falls madly for the the no good brother of her soon to be husband. The brother however messed with the cube and got stuck in Pinhead's hell of pain. He however managed to escape it but only in a skeleton form. He needs blood to slowly regain his body and asks the wife to kill for him. This is were most of the movie its 'horror' comes from.

The movie doesn't get its horror aspects from its normal usual scare- or gross out moments. It's more a movie that works on its atmosphere and story development. Perhaps it's also due to the restrained budget, that simply forced the film-makers to be creative with the things they had at hand. The movie is no big Hollywood production and as a matter of fact it actually is an UK movie, that still got obviously aimed toward the American market as well though, in terms of its overall style.

And even though the movie was low-budget, the movie certainly did not look that way. Also its effects such as its make-up and the effects used for the more gory parts of the movie are really great looking. The make-up of course helped to make Pinhead an horror icon-figure, though in this movie he isn't even called by the name Pinhead, which was only a name that got developed later for marketing purposes.

The movie also features a great musical score by Christopher Young, that fits the movie really well. It's one of his more memorable works.

A real original horror movie, that has grown into being a classic already.

8/10

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"Uncut" version seems to be slightly "cut" in the gore scenes, IMO garrettok13
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Frank is scarier than the Cenobites! ricky-may1
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