HellraiserDirector: Clive Barker
The feature-film debut of multi-talented filmmaker Clive Barker, this grim and surreal project is based on the writer/director's own novella The Hell-Bound Heart. The film opens with a chilling prologue in which globe-trotting pervert Frank (Sean Chapman) -- a connoisseur of sexual depravity seeking the ultimate sensual experience -- purchases a small, intricate puzzle box from an unseen dealer in an unspecified country. Upon solving the puzzle, Frank opens the door to a hellish alternate universe and is promptly torn to ribbons by a network of hooks and chains; his strewn body parts are subsequently collected by the Cenobites -- grotesque, S & M-clad denizens of hell. The story continues several years later, when Frank's brother, Larry (Andrew Robinson), moves into Frank's abandoned house with his daughter, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), and his new wife, Julia (Clare Higgins). An accident causes some of Larry's blood to spill on the attic floor, which somehow triggers Frank's hideous resurrection. His body only half-composed, Frank seeks the tacit assistance of Julia -- with whom he had once had a torrid sexual liaison -- in restoring him to human form. Still secretly in love with Frank, Julia assists him by seducing men from the town and bringing them back to the house so her undead lover can drain their bodies of blood. Her increasingly furtive behavior arouses the suspicions of Kirsty, who had already moved to an apartment to get away from her despised stepmother. After following Julia and her next potential victim home, Kirsty comes face to face with the still-incomplete Frank, narrowly escaping with her life...and with the puzzle box. After losing consciousness, Kirsty awakens in the hospital, where she manages to solve the box's intricate mechanism and summon a trio of Cenobites -- including their apparent leader (played by Doug Bradley and dubbed "Pinhead" on subsequent sequels) -- who are prepared to claim her. In desperation, Kirsty offers them a bargain in which they agree to spare her soul if she leads them to Frank. Kirsty soon returns home to find Julia with her father...whose behavior has become disturbingly unnatural. Realizing that her father has become Frank's latest victim -- and that her uncle is now walking around in his brother's skin -- Kirsty hands Frank over to the Cenobites, who have particularly evil plans for their old friend.
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- Starz / Anchor Bay
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Robinson||Larry Cotton|
|Clare Higgins||Julia Cotton|
|Ashley Laurence||Kirsty Cotton|
|Sean Chapman||Frank Cotton|
|Oliver Smith||Frank the Monster|
|Antony Allen||1st Victim|
|Leon Davis||Second Victim|
|Michael Cassidy||Third Victim|
|Niall Buggy||Dinner Guest|
|Dave Atkins||Moving Man|
|Oliver Parker||Moving Man 2|
|Pamela Sholto||Complaining Customer|
|Doug Bradley||Lead Cenobite|
|Nicholas Vince||Chattering Cenobite|
|Simon Bamford||Butterball Cenobite|
|Grace Kirby||Female Cenobite|
|Mark Armstrong||Executive Producer|
|Michael Buchanan||Production Designer|
|Jocelyn James||Art Director|
|Joanna Johnston||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bob Keen||Special Effects|
|Selwyn Roberts||Asst. Director|
|David Saunders||Executive Producer|
|Christopher Webster||Executive Producer|
|Francis Witt||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Christopher Young||Score Composer|
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If you're a horror movie fan, then you'll like this. The character design and make up are probably the best part of the movie. The story is also really good. Heard there's a book too. Might read it.
what i wrote above this review pretty much spells out what i thought about it.
This is one of the greatest movies of the eighties and is a horror classic. Pinhead is a villain legend. Almost just as great as the book. Clive Barker is a genius.
hellraiser was one of the best classic horror movies of it's time
This movie is so awesome and so are the other movies. And since I love horror films I just loved it even more.
I thought this movie was good. it really entertained me. But I like part 2 out of them all. and I think this movie was for us horror fanatics. so I suggest non horror fanatics don't watch.
This is a classic horror flick. And the concept is one that is unique and grossly entertaining. I read the Hellbound Heart first, wich I recommend doing. A nice amount of gore for the horror fans, and a unique story for the movie buffs.
I thought this movie was so gross and stupid.Who ever wrote this absurd movie must have been on drugs.I did not know what the hell was going on.It did not make any sense. And did I mention very gross?