Hellraiser (1987)

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A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.




  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Clive Barker and Doug Bradley in Hellraiser (1987)
  • Ashley Laurence and Nicholas Vince in Hellraiser (1987)
  • Ashley Laurence in Hellraiser (1987)
  • Ashley Laurence in Hellraiser (1987)
  • Ashley Laurence and Andrew Robinson in Hellraiser (1987)

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5 November 2012 | Red-Barracuda
| One of the most imaginative horror flicks of the 80's
Clive Barker's debut feature is one of the most original horror films of the 80's. Unlike many genre offerings from that decade this one is not formulaic at all. It's chiefly for this reason that Hellraiser is respected. Barker proved himself to be something of a talent and one who would end up directing very little else unfortunately.

Hellraiser is a story about the occult but like no other film of that sub-genre. Instead of the typical demonic creatures you would see in many other films of this type, this one introduces the Cenobites. These denizens of hell are a good deal more memorable, and have a somewhat S&M styling that gives them added deviancy. They look highly original. Throughout the film there are a series of visually spectacular set-pieces. The look and atmosphere of Hellraiser belies is very modest budget. Barker and his team consistently make the most of their meagre resources and it's never obvious that this is so low-budget.

The celebrated fantasy moments are well off-set by a story of a dysfunctional family. The characters are all well rounded and believable which again is not a typical aspect of an 80's horror movie. The performances are universally strong, including an atypically good guy role for Andrew Robinson who was most famous for playing the psychopath Scorpio in Dirty Harry.

All in all, a quality production. And one of the most iconic horror flicks of the 80's.

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,453,232 20 September 1987

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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