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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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Satan's done waitin'. See more »

Genres:

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:

Clive Barker's Hellraiser 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

The film was originally supposed to be called "The Hellbound Heart," after the novella upon which it was based. The studio decided the title sounded too much like a romance and asked Clive Barker to change it. Barker offered "Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave," which was rejected for the overtly sexual content. He ultimately opened the floor to the production team to offer up their own suggestions, prompting a 60-year-old female crew member to offer up "What a Woman Will do for a Good Fuck." See more »

Goofs

When Kirsty first wakes up in the hospital bed, the tray-table in front of her is empty. The doctor comes in and deposits the puzzle box on the table. He says he'll get her a phone after they've talked. However, directly after he leaves, we see that a phone has appeared on the table. It is neither mentioned nor used. 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

Cut in Sweden for cinema by 4.5 min. When shown on a Swedish subscription TV channel, it was uncut. See more »

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Pure horror!
29 January 2002 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

I first saw this brilliant shocker when I was only ten years old and it scared the hell out of me!I still think that this is a really effective horror filled with gruesome imagery(for example rats nailed to the wall)."Hellraiser" reminds me a bit such Italian horror movies like "The Beyond"(1981)and "The House by the Cemetery"(1981),mainly due to its surreal atmosphere of total dread.Add also plenty of gore and some really gruesome special effects made by Bob Keen("Proteus")and you have a winner!I like "Hellraiser" series in general(especially "Hellbound:Hellraiser 2" which is,in the unrated/uncut version a nasty gorefest!),even Part 5("Hellraiser:Inferno")that almost only get bad reviews.It surely is the lowest budget film of the series so far,but it tells a gripping story of one's personal hell with Pinhead involved."Hellraiser:Bloodline" is the only one I really don't like,although it's quite interesting too,because you can see that post production was a mess(making it a Alan Smithee film in the end).


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