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Hellraiser (1987) Movie Information

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Hellraiser (1987)
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Clive Barker


Andrew Robinson
Clare Higgins
Ashley Laurence
Sean Chapman
Doug Bradley
Oliver Smith





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A man gets more than he bargains for when he opens the door to hell. His ex-lover, now his brother's wife, has found a way to bring him back but his tormentors, the Cenobites, aren't going to let him go easily.

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Leighann Paige 05/15/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I couldn't help falling in love with Hellraiser. The villains were unique and interesting, but still had a weakness that was easy enough to use against them. Unfortunately, the human characters and their predictable plot lines left a little more to be desired. Luckily, the special effects made up for it. Although they do look somewhat flimsy in comparison to horror movies made today, they still look good for the time period. Some scenes make the gore look similar to The Evil Dead. It's easy to see why Hellraiser has become a cult horror classic. Any horror fans should watch this at least once.

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PandaMonium 10/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A cult classic and with good reason, HELLRAISER boasts one of those wildly original concepts that seem only to spring from the imagination of Clive Barker. It's gory and strange and uncomfortable - but there's a twisted sort of art to it that blurs the lines between the transcendent and the profane. The performances are not particularly strong, but the characters don't carry the film so much as the visual and auditory experience. More than twenty years later, the makeup and practical effects are still top notch and the music is fantastic. There's a reason this movie is so beloved in horror circles - it's visceral and beautiful, and everyone interested in the genre should experience it once. 4/4

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Yojimbo 09/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A rather flimsy schlock horror film that has acquired something of a cult following over the years. Some inventive make-up effects but little else.

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Tjommi 08/30/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Clive Barkers universe is very facinating. I have seen every Hellraiser movie and this was the one that sparked my interest. When you think of the resources they had avalible at the time the movie was made, among other things they didn't have the powerfull computers they have today to make special effects and I think most of it is very well executed. The story grabbed me and pulled me in. For the younger generation of horror lovers, if you haven't seen this one yet you have missed something important.

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Snoogans 05/06/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I didn't know what to make of this on first viewing. I ended up watching it twice in a row before I made my final judgement. And that judgement is... it's crazy awesome! I haven't seen many other films come close to what this one presents.

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03/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Cool storyline with not bad F/X for the time....

Usually the commen factor when watching any of the 80's horror franchises is low grade acting accompanied with F/X that is nowhere near the caliber it is these days. With that being said Hellraiser is a breed apart. Interesting storyline accompanied with not bad acting and pretty good F/X all accompanied with cool creatures either from hell or another dimension? The jury is not back on that one as of yet. Storyline is this... It begins in the city of Morroco as Frank Cotton makes a purchase from a mysterious chinese gentleman..a mysterious puzzle box..Frank, whilst messing around with the box unknowingly opens it letting out it's inhabitors..4 mutilated creatures from somewhere unknown..known as Cenobites their leader, pinhead, a creature with nails driven in all points of his head appe...

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