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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

Writer:

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

Clive Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body... but the Cenobites won't be happy about this. Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <ajr@fortalnet.com.br>

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He'll tear your soul apart. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Trivia

Doug Bradley revealed in an interview that he asked Clive Barker how he should play Pinhead Barker told him "to think of him as a cross between an administrator and a surgeon who's responsible for running a hospital where there are no wards, only operating theatres as well as being the man who wields the knife, he's the man who has to keep the timetable going" he also revealed that the two also decided early on that Pinhead was formerly human " a line from one of Clive's plays swam into my mind: "I am in mourning for my Humanity'. At this point there was no backstory for the character, but I discussed this with Clive and we had agreed that he had once been human. But whether this was yesterday, last week, last year, ten, a hundred, a thousand years ago, I didn't know. I didn't need to. Sufficient to have that idea lodged into my brain. A perpetual, unconscious grieving for the man he had once been, for a life and a face he couldn't even remember. And a frozen grief. I felt now that Pinhead existed in an emotional limbo were neither pain nor pleasure could touch him. A pretty good definition of Hell for me." See more »

Goofs

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

[first lines]
Asian Merchant: [the Asian Merchant greets Frank] What's your pleasure, Mr. Cotton?
Frank Cotton: The box.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on German TV (rated "18") has 5 minutes edited out:
  • When Julia kills her first victim, the scene is cut after two blows with the hammer, leading directly to Julia leaving the room
  • Any scene with Frank draining his victims is cut out (except when he drains Julia)
  • The rat mutilation scenes are cut out
  • Larry's dead body can only be seen briefly (with the Cenobites)
  • Close-ups of Frank's Hands with hooks are left out
  • The very last time Frank is seen is at the beginning of the "tearing-apart" scene, with his body still basically intact.
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It Took Ten Years Off My Life Watching This
20 August 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

Hellraiser was a bloody good film but part of me wishes I hadn't seen it because it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I remember renting it out on video along with A Nightmare On Elm Street back in the late 1980's. I thought Freddy Krueggar was bad but those cenobites scared the you know what out of me.

The acting is good throughout the film and praise must go to everyone. The characters were very interesting characters from the humans right up to the cenobites.

There was a lot of gore in this movie and it was quite sick at times-not a film to watch if you're eating.

The storyline of the film is a very intriguing one and very original indeed.

But those cenobites didn't half scare me particularly when that pinhead said, "We will tear your soul apart!" Then again, that is what a good horror is all about-scaring the you know what out of it's audience.

If you're looking for a quality horror movie of the 80's then check this one out. Just don't be surprised if it sends you hair grey.


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