Director: Clive Barker Cast: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

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The feature-film debut of multi-talented filmmaker Clive Barker, this grim and surreal project is based on the writer/director's own novella The Hell-Bound Heart. The film opens with a chilling prologue in which globe-trotting pervert Frank (Sean Chapman) -- a connoisseur of sexual depravity seeking the ultimate sensual experience -- purchases a small, intricate puzzle box from an unseen dealer in an unspecified country. Upon solving the puzzle, Frank opens the door to a hellish alternate universe and is promptly torn to ribbons by a network of hooks and chains; his strewn body parts are subsequently collected by the Cenobites -- grotesque, S & M-clad denizens of hell. The story continues several years later, when Frank's brother, Larry (Andrew Robinson), moves into Frank's abandoned house with his daughter, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), and his new wife, Julia (Clare Higgins). An accident causes some of Larry's blood to spill on the attic floor, which somehow triggers Frank's hideous resurrection. His body only half-composed, Frank seeks the tacit assistance of Julia -- with whom he had once had a torrid sexual liaison -- in restoring him to human form. Still secretly in love with Frank, Julia assists him by seducing men from the town and bringing them back to the house so her undead lover can drain their bodies of blood. Her increasingly furtive behavior arouses the suspicions of Kirsty, who had already moved to an apartment to get away from her despised stepmother. After following Julia and her next potential victim home, Kirsty comes face to face with the still-incomplete Frank, narrowly escaping with her life...and with the puzzle box. After losing consciousness, Kirsty awakens in the hospital, where she manages to solve the box's intricate mechanism and summon a trio of Cenobites -- including their apparent leader (played by Doug Bradley and dubbed "Pinhead" on subsequent sequels) -- who are prepared to claim her. In desperation, Kirsty offers them a bargain in which they agree to spare her soul if she leads them to Frank. Kirsty soon returns home to find Julia with her father...whose behavior has become disturbingly unnatural. Realizing that her father has become Frank's latest victim -- and that her uncle is now walking around in his brother's skin -- Kirsty hands Frank over to the Cenobites, who have particularly evil plans for their old friend.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
UPC: 0014381728729
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Image Entertainment
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 17,077

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew Robinson Larry Cotton
Clare Higgins Julia Cotton
Ashley Laurence Kirsty Cotton
Sean Chapman Frank Cotton
Oliver Smith Frank the Monster
Robert Hines Steve
Antony Allen 1st Victim
Leon Davis Second Victim
Michael Cassidy Third Victim
Frank Baker Derelict
Kenneth Nelson Bill
Gay Baynes Evelyn
Niall Buggy Dinner Guest
Sharon Bower Nurse
Dave Atkins Moving Man
Oliver Parker Moving Man 2
Pamela Sholto Complaining Customer
Doug Bradley Lead Cenobite
Nicholas Vince Chattering Cenobite
Simon Bamford Butterball Cenobite
Grace Kirby Female Cenobite
Raul Newney Doctor

Technical Credits
Clive Barker Director,Screenwriter
Mark Armstrong Executive Producer
Michael Buchanan Production Designer
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Christopher Figg Producer
Jocelyn James Art Director
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Keen Special Effects
Richard Marden Editor
Selwyn Roberts Asst. Director
David Saunders Executive Producer
Sally Sutton Makeup
Robin Vidgeon Cinematographer
Christopher Webster Executive Producer
Francis Witt Musical Direction/Supervision
David Worley Cinematographer
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hellraiser
1. Chapter 1 [:14]
2. Chapter 2 [1:54]
3. Chapter 3 [3:36]
4. Chapter 4 [6:38]
5. Chapter 5 [10:33]
6. Chapter 6 [11:37]
7. Chapter 7 [12:12]
8. Chapter 8 [8:00]
9. Chapter 9 [6:15]
10. Chapter 10 [7:51]
11. Chapter 11 [10:16]
12. Chapter 12 [11:09]

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Hellraiser 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
If you're a horror movie fan, then you'll like this. The character design and make up are probably the best part of the movie. The story is also really good. Heard there's a book too. Might read it.
BreakingDawnSucksForever More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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what i wrote above this review pretty much spells out what i thought about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest movies of the eighties and is a horror classic. Pinhead is a villain legend. Almost just as great as the book. Clive Barker is a genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a classic horror flick. And the concept is one that is unique and grossly entertaining. I read the Hellbound Heart first, wich I recommend doing. A nice amount of gore for the horror fans, and a unique story for the movie buffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so awesome and so are the other movies. And since I love horror films I just loved it even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hellraiser was one of the best classic horror movies of it's time
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was good. it really entertained me. But I like part 2 out of them all. and I think this movie was for us horror fanatics. so I suggest non horror fanatics don't watch.
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I thought this movie was so gross and stupid.Who ever wrote this absurd movie must have been on drugs.I did not know what the hell was going on.It did not make any sense. And did I mention very gross?