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Hellraiser (1987)

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An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

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Clive Barker

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Clive Barker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Robinson ... Larry
Clare Higgins ... Julia
Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty Cotton
Sean Chapman ... Frank
Oliver Smith ... Frank the Monster
Robert Hines Robert Hines ... Steve
Anthony Allen Anthony Allen ... 1st Victim
Leon Davis Leon Davis ... 2nd Victim
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy ... 3rd Victim
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Derelict
Kenneth Nelson ... Bill
Gay Baynes Gay Baynes ... Evelyn
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Dinner Guest
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Moving Man 1
Oliver Parker ... Moving Man 2
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Storyline

When Kirsty's father, Larry, and stepmother, Julia, move into Larry's childhood home, Kirsty and her boyfriend take a room nearby. Unfortunately for all involved, Larry's house is already occupied: before the family's arrival, Larry's disreputable brother, Frank, used a supernatural puzzle box to summon a gang of other-dimensional demon sasists. Now, Frank requires a series of blood sacrifices to escape the clutches of Pinhead and the cenobites. Written by mrosesteed

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£155,348 (United Kingdom), 13 September 1987, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,453,232, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$14,564,027
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Asian Merchant: [the Asian Merchant greets Frank] What's your pleasure, Mr. Cotton?
Frank Cotton: The box.
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German DVD by Kinowelt (now StudioCanal) released in 2011 is cut by ca. 2 minutes and has a "Not under 16" rating. The uncut version was released in Austria with no rating. See more »

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Suspense in Hell
21 November 2011 | by tequila101See all my reviews

This is certainly Clive Barker's Masterpiece. His 1987 film, "Hellraiser" is a really good example of how a late 80's horror film can work.

Nearing the 90's, horror films started to go down hill. In 1991 and 1996, we got two really good thriller horrors, being "SCREAM" and "Silence of the Lambs". This film however, was the last of it's kind to give us some good late 80's slasher craze which was still born and still very fresh with horror freaks.

I won't go into the plot because I believe everyone should have seen Hellraiser by now, if not, well GO SEE IT! All I can say is that the concepts of the box is terrific. A new way to kill a slashing demon is always a terrific and creative concept and it works really well in this one. I also love the soundtrack suite which is haunting beautiful and dramatic in parts. The actors are superb and their characters are believable.

Doug Bradley as Pinhead is the best and he knows how to give us a creepy killer which cannot be stopped. I dunno why in "Revelations" they got a different actor to play him. Doug is Pinhead, end of story.

I also like the way the death scenes and plot are shown. The director takes it a little step at a time while as most directors just go full on with the violence and exploit everything. Clive actually took his time to tell the story and that's what made most of the ending sequences and starting deaths so intense. It all left us to the core suspense.

Also, the 1987 film is the only Hellraiser film I have really liked. I've also seen part 3, 4 and 6. 3 was OK, 4 was dodgy and 6 sucked. The thing about the first film was that it had a dramatic fantasy to it, while being realistic, people were dying for real. The other Hellraiser films I have seen since then haven't really had the same impact but instead really try to rehash and be as shocking, doesn't work at all!?

My verdict on this 87 classic is a 7.5/10.

P.S: I just hope they can get this right in the remake next year.


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