Hellraiser

1987, Horror, 1h 33m

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Elevated by writer-director Clive Barker's fiendishly unique vision, Hellraiser offers a disquieting - and sadistically smart - alternative to mindless gore. Read critic reviews

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Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank's body apart. When Frank's brother (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank's old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself.

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  • Oct 25, 2013
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  • Nov 30, 2012
    Barker has a clear vision but the story was a little all over the place for me. I can see the draw for the fans but for others, it just can't hold the story or horror together. I clearly didn't hate it and applaud the vision.
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  • Oct 12, 2012
    Another 80s horror classic ruined by many half-assed sequels. "Hellraiser" has an excellent concept and offers plenty of gore. Everything from the atmosphere, script, and characters are great. The story is disturbing and unpredictable. Some of the special-effects are cheesy but that is not surprising considering the time the film was made. If only Clive Barker could have directed some of the sequels.
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  • Dec 24, 2011
    The demons look very interesting, but that's about where the entertainment ends. It's essentially just a pretty boring B-movie.
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