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Parents Guide for
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Suggested MPAA rating: R for graphic grisly violence/images throughout, strong sexual content and language



There are about three sex scenes.

After intercourse, a woman's buttocks and a man's pubic region are seen - no genitals.

In order to bring back a man to his full body, a woman seduces men and brings them into the attic where a skinless man would eat the ones she seduces.

All these men have their pants around their ankles and they wear skimpy underwear.

One character's uncle hints at sexual passes at her.

A woman initiates sex with her husband, but then makes him stop as he tries to undress her.

A man and woman have brief clothes-on sex.

One of the movie's themes is sexual pleasure.


0:02:57 a statue of a man and a woman having sex; breasts are shown

0:07:50 same statue, this time showing breasts, vagina, and penis

0:08:50-54, 09:13-22, photographs of a sexual nature

0:09:39-46 small photographs at a distance, likely of a sexual nature

0:15:13-17:23 adulterous touching, kissing, then sex. Her breast is briefly seen.

0:25:00 briefly shows "nude" skinless body, mostly in shadow; genitalia not shown

0:29:48 sex; I don't know how much nudity

0:34:48 & 0:35:06 unwanted kisses

0:37:15 man in underwear and shirt

0:38:53 "nude" body, not explicit

0:39:09-41:47 woman in lingerie that reveals some of breasts through the weaving

0:40:10 "nude" skinless body, genitlia area in deep shadow

0:46:13 man in underwear and tank top

0:46:16 "nude" skinless body, side view, no genitalia shown, ~2 sec.

0:51:57 "clothed" sex

0:52:35 man hears woman say ~"no" and ~"stop" but continues with his sexual actions for a while

0:59:08 uncle has sexuality-laced dialogue with niece

1:11:17 sex scene showing shoulders, thrusting

1:11:28 woman wears no top over her bra

~1:13:00 man holds niece, likely liking the embrace for sexual reasons

1:16:09 man sexually pursues niece


Hellraiser is a VERY violent and graphic film. Almost every violent scene is accompanied with substantial amount of blood and gore.

A man is shown being impaled by chains. Not too graphic, but very disturbing and frightening.

A man is hung from chains with blood running down his face.

A man slices his hand on a loose nail. Graphic.

There is a graphic "rebirth" scene, which shows a man being reconstructed. Strong and gory.

A man appears with no skin.

A man is killed by having his head and jaw smashed in with a hammer. Brutal and graphic.

A man inserts his hand into people and sucks out their blood.

A skinned corpse is shown.

A man is sliced on his face by a knife.

A woman is stabbed in the stomach with a knife. Graphic.

A man is very graphically impaled by chain hooks and then pulled apart by them. Probably the goriest part of the movie.

Three rats are shown nailed to a wall, one is twitching.

A rat is cut in half, bottom to top. We see the insides.


There are a few heavy bits of profanity. 3 F words, S words, "bastard", "damn", "hell".


Adults drink and smoke casually in this movie.


The four cenobites are very horrific and graphic looking, including one with no skin on and no eyes, one that is fat and has no mouth or eyes - sunglasses cover this - one whose neck is open and we see the inside of it many times, and the lead cenobite has nails all over his head and speaks in a very disturbing, creepy voice.

There are many intense scenes of violence within Hellraiser, which are very disturbing to watch.

Subject matter is very dark and has adult themes such as S&M. Bloody, gory mess throughout.

A horrifying looking creature chases a girl through the thin hallway.

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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