Hellraiser (1987) Movie Review

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Hellraiser (1987)

1987 | R | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Hellraiser Plot Synopsis:

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.

Hellraiser (1987) Review

Hellraiser has to be one of the goriest movies of all time. I mean full on body mutilations and bloody deaths galore. Clive Barker was nuts when he came out with this one. Demons from Hell unleashed upon the earth, and the first thoughts on their minds are to kill everything and anything in sight. These devils manipulate you into doing evil deeds then once their soul has been corrupted to the dark, they claim your soul. Pinhead is the leader, and he loves making humans suffer and relishes in it.

Pinhead says: "No tears, please. It’s a waste of good suffering," says the lead Cenobite, who is more popularly known as Pinhead.

Hellraiser made by famed horror / fantasy novelist Clive Barker wrote and directed the gory Hellraiser, a nasty and fun exercise in which Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into a big house where Larry’s brother Frank has been imprisoned after solving an elaborate puzzle box. Larry wounds himself, and his blood brings Frank back to life as a skinless, oozing creature who needs the blood of others to put himself back together. Julia terrified but obviously intrigued (she had had an affair with Frank when he was still alive) lures men back to the house where she fatally bludgeons them with a hammer so Frank can feast on their blood. Into this mess steps Larry’s daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), who makes the acquaintance of the masochistic beings, the Cenobites, from whom Frank had escaped.

  • Hellraiser Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.68
  • IMDB: 7.0
  • MetaCritic: 5.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.8

About Hellraiser 1987

Title: Hellraiser
Year: 1987
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.34/5 stars from 89,380 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 89,380
MPAA Rating: R
Hellraiser Cast Starring: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Michael Cassidy, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Clare Higgins, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Andrew Robinson, Oliver Parker, Grace Kirby, Sean Chapman, Anthony Allen, Kenneth Nelson, Niall Buggy, Sharon Bower, Raul Newney, Leon Davis, Frank Baker, Gay Baynes, Dave Atkins, Pamela Sholto
Hellraiser Writers: Clive Barker
Hellraiser Director: Clive Barker
Production: New World Video
Language: English
Country: UK