A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic 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
Sean Chapman ... Frank
Oliver Smith ... Frank the Monster
Robert Hines Robert Hines ... Steve
Anthony Allen Anthony Allen ... 1st Victim (as Antony Allen)
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 ... 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 sadists. Now, Frank requires a series of blood sacrifices to escape the clutches of Pinhead and the cenobites. Written by mrosesteed

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Horror | Thriller

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The film was originally set in England (hence the obvious London locations), but the studio, New World thought the film would be more marketable if it was set in America. So many of the English actors (including Sean Chapman, Oliver Parker and others) were dubbed by American actors. See more »

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(at around 1h) Nuns would not just walk past a woman with blood on her shirt looking like she's just been attacked. They would have helped her immediately. See more »

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[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 UK cinema version was uncut though the 1988 New World Pictures and 1991 VCI video releases were cut by 4 seconds and removed shots of Julia's first victim pleading after the initial hammer blow and a shot of his dead bloodied face. The cut was waived for the 1998 issue. See more »

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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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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:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,453,232, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$14,564,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,575,193
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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