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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Larry
... Julia
... Kirsty Cotton
... Frank
... Frank the Monster
Robert Hines ... Steve
Anthony Allen ... 1st Victim
Leon Davis ... 2nd Victim
Michael Cassidy ... 3rd Victim
Frank Baker ... Derelict
... Bill
Gay Baynes ... Evelyn
Niall Buggy ... Dinner Guest
Dave Atkins ... Moving Man 1
... Moving Man 2
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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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18 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$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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Clive Barker had to make some cuts on the film after MPAA gave it an X rating, * two and a half shots were excised from the first hammer murder, including a close up of the hammer lodged in the victim's head, * in the scene where Julia murders another man, the actor playing the victim felt that it made sense for him to do so naked. The nude murder scene was shot but ultimately replaced with a semi-clothed version, *close-ups of Kirsty sticking her hand into Frank's belly exposing his guts, * longer version of the scene where Frank is being torn into pieces by the Cenobite's hooks, final shot where his head explodes and his brain messily splashes out was also cut. In an interview for Samhain magazine in July 1987, Barker mention some problems that censors had with more erotic scenes in the movie; "Well, we did have a slight problem with the eroticism. I shot a much hotter flashback sequence then they would allow us to cut in... mine was more explicit and less violent. They wanted to substitute one kind of undertow for another. I had much more explicit sexual encounter between Frank and Julia, but they said no, let's take out the sodomy and put in the flick knife." Barker also said on the commentary for the movie that the seduction scene between Julia and Frank was, initially a lot more explicit, " we did a version of this scene which had some spanking in it and the MPAA was not very appreciative of that. Lord knows where the spanking footage is. Somebody has it somewhere.... the MPAA told me I was allowed two consecutive buttock thrust's from Frank but three is deemed obscene!". See more »

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At the end Kirsty sends the female Cenobite back to hell by pushing the box down into it's original cube shape but in the next frame the box is back in it's previous position. 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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It Took Ten Years Off My Life Watching This
20 August 2002 | by See 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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