• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Clive Barker
    In Theaters:
    Sep 18, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 3, 1998
  • New World Video

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Hellraiser Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

For all that it is an incredible, and incredibly disturbing, film to look at, Hellraiser doesn't entirely click as a narrative.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

August 7, 2011
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sharp grim direction and tight writing from Clive Barker who turns his story of a puzzle box invoking the forces of hell in to an experience rather than doing the work for us...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

August 15, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Clive Barker's virtuosic De Sadean satire

Full Review Source: CinePassion

February 12, 2010
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Barker's vision cribs equally from the mythos of vampires and zombies, but Hellraiser's overriding ridiculousness (and nagging budgetary shortcomings) can't disguise the fact that the movie is at least unwittingly a product of the AIDS crisis.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 20, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an entertaining and downright creepy piece of work...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

November 25, 2007
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

One of the unsung titans of the horror industry

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

November 3, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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[Writer/Director Clive] Barker's dazzling debut as a director creates such an atmosphere of dread that the astonishing visual set pieces simply detonate in a chain reaction of cumulative intensity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 4/5

April 7, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Impressive debut film from Barker, though not quite the breakthrough film it was touted as being.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2003
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com

Twisted and grotesque, but merely baby-steps compared with Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2003
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

Cinematic Barker at its most clever and disturbed.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

[A] skillfully creepy film.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2003
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

An imaginative, frightening debut from Clive Barker. A landmark horror film.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2003
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net

| Original Score: 4/5

December 14, 2002
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Barker onscreen has never been better, and this movie probably did more to bring sadomasochism into the mainstream than anything before or since.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 13, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Against the odds, Barker produced a unique, imaginative, if not somewhat stomach-churning, work that has since earned aplace in the annals of horror cinema.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 17, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Clive Barker's deliciously warped imagination is on full display in this modern classic of horror.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

March 7, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

We're on the edge of our seats with a feeling of uninhibited terror the whole time.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000

Variety
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March 26, 2009
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