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Hellraiser

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 1987
  • Clive Barker
  • 93 mins
  • 18

Summary

Horror, written and directed by Clive Barker, starring Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins. When Frank Cotton opens a magical puzzle box, he unleashes the Cenobites - demonic creatures who torture and kill him, and take his remains to another dimension. Years later when Frank's brother and wife move into the dead man's house, she discovers that Frank's body can be regenerated whenever blood is spilt.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Already a popular horror writer, Clive Barker successfully transferred his trademark perverse chills to the screen in his 1987 directorial debut - a surreal, claustrophobic and graphic shocker about the consequences of opening a Chinese puzzle box. The film allowed Barker to introduce a dark new mythology to the genre as well as the Cenobites - leather-clad, disfigured angels from hell with intriguing concepts of dimensional pleasure and pain. Despite his uneven direction, and the odd Cricklewood locations, this absorbing sadomasochistic chiller really delivers the gruesome goods and spawned a number of sequels. It also launched Doug Bradley's head Cenobite - the appropriately monikered Pinhead - into a break-out star of celluloid horror.

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Credits

Cast

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Larry CottonAndrew Robinson
Julia CottonClare Higgins
Kirsty SwansonAshley Laurence
Frank CottonSean Chapman
Frank the MonsterOliver Smith
SteveRobert Hines
Lead CenobiteDoug Bradley
First victimAnthony Allen
Second victimLeon Davis
Third victimMichael Cassidy
DerelictFrank Baker (4)

Crew

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DirectorClive Barker

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arrow Films
Released on
2017-10-13
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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