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Hellraiser [DVD] [1987]

Andrew Robinson , Clare Higgins , Clive Barker    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NWZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Having made his reputation as one of the most prolific and gifted horror writers of his generation (prompting Stephen King to call him "the future of horror"), Clive Barker made a natural transition to movies with this audacious directorial debut from 1987. Not only did Barker serve up a chilling tale of devilish originality, he also introduced new icons of horror that since have become as popular among genre connoisseurs as Frankenstein's monster and the Wolfman. Foremost among these frightful visions is the sadomasochistic demon affectionately named Pinhead (so named because his pale, bald head is a geometric pincushion and a symbol of eternal pain). Pinhead is the leader of the Cenobites, agents of evil who appear only when someone successfully "solves" the exotic puzzle box called the Lamont Configuration--a mysterious device that opens the door to Hell. The puzzle's latest victim is Frank (Sean Chapman), who now lives in a gelatinous skeletal state in an upstairs room of the British home just purchased by his newlywed half-brother (Andrew Robinson, best known as the villain from Dirty Harry), who has married one of Frank's former lovers (Claire Higgins). The latter is recruited to supply the cannibalistic Frank with fresh victims, enabling him to reconstitute his own flesh--but will Frank succeed in restoring himself completely? Will Pinhead continue to demonstrate the flesh-ripping pleasures of absolute agony? Your reaction to this description should tell you if you've got the stomach for Hellraiser, which has since spawned a number of interesting but inferior sequels. It's definitely not for everyone, but there's no denying that it's become a semiclassic of modern horror. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

The spine-chilling tale of a man brought partially back to life by the blood of his brother. He befriends his sister-in-law who agrees to supply the blood he requires to live, but he is still haunted by the evil forces which held him captive in death. This disc contains both pan-and-scan and wide screen versions.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gory masterpiece of horror 28 Nov 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Hellraiser is an extreme horror lover's dream come true. Clive Barker's unique vision marked a virtual rebirth of the genre at a time when slasher sequels were the fun, yet predictable, norm. Although the premiere setting for viewing this movie is a crowded theater of screamers (and sick puppies like myself who find humor in gore), one can still achieve a quite satisfactory effect watching this movie alone in the dark. Some horror creators rely on blood and gore for its own sake, others rely on the story itself to produce the desired effect. Clive Barker is one of the few horror geniuses who can make copious amounts of gore an integral and necessary part of the story. Hellraiser can be deliciously gross, so those with weak stomachs should beware. It features rats; decayed, maggot-infested meat; and copious amounts of blood--and that's just the teaser. Later there are acts of cold-blooded murder, human dismemberment by arrays of chains, a partially formed, pus-dripping, oozing carcass, and then the incredible Cenobites themselves.
The movie at its simplest level is a retelling of a story that goes back to Goethe's Doctor Faustus and beyond--when you sell your soul to evil forces, you will regret it. Frank Cotton is a despicable, uncaring man who has grown bored with life's most extreme pleasures. When he hears about and eventually acquires a puzzle box which can open the door to a new world of perverse pleasures, he finds out that one man's pleasure is another man's pain under the tutelage of the Cenobites. Somehow, he manages to escape the other world, and when his brother's blood is spilled in his chamber of horrors, his body begins to reform itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pain and Pleasure: Indivisible!" 7 Jan 2004
By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Being a fan of horror films is a frustrating thing. There are hundreds of horror films out there and I guarantee you that the vast majority are utter, indefensible tosh. ‘Hellraiser’ though, is very much the exception. It is one of the very few horror films I’ve seen that genuinely conveys a sense of the horrific and, if watched in the right circumstances, can genuinely disturb. It is interesting that writer/director Clive Barker managed to improve on the novella from which the film was based (‘The Hellbound Heart’), as, as any fan of Barker will tell you, his books are simply fantastic – astonishingly inventive and twisted flights of fancy shot through with often darkly beautiful prose. As it is this tale lends itself nicely to the film format and against the odds improves upon the book.
The Cenobites are now well established within the pantheon of ‘classic’ horror icons – deservedly so. Sadly due to the success of the first film there have been a succession of sequels with increasingly diminishing returns and, crucially, a complete lack of the ‘grubby’ feel of the original (‘Hellraiser 2’ is still better than most horror licks that have been churned out in the last ten years though).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pain is Hell 28 Jun 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Frank(Sean Chapman)has purchased a small puzzle box-the Lament Configuration Box- and summons the "Cenobites",physically & mentally deformed inhabitants from another dimension.Led by Doug Bradley`s Pinhead,their guiding principle of "pain as pleasure" sees them endlessly rip & flay Frank`s body to shreds with their infernal torture devices. When his brother Larry cuts his hand & blood seeps through the floorboards nourishing & re-invigorating Frank`s torn remains, a means of escape opens up for him. But he needs lots more blood to live again & for his shredded carcass to be whole. He persuades his brother`s wife & former lover Julia(Claire Higgins), to lure men back to the house & butcher them. Unfortunately, Pinhead & his minions won`t give him up that easily & follow him into this world to re-claim his body. Directed by the author, Clive Barker, Hellraiser is full of disturbing & graphic images of violence, terror & sadistic pain. The special effects still retain the power to shock & turn the stomach in their visceral intensity. Pinhead is a malignant, elegantly sinister & evil character who dominates every scene he`s in. Unnatural & terrifying, Doug Bradley`s Lord of Pain dominates all around him. Having seen the U.S. disc, I think the Blu-ray picture & extras are excellent for a movie of this vintage & see no reason why the U.K. disc will be any different. The acting, special effects, script & direction elevate this movie above it`s rivals. If you`ve got the stomach to watch the gore, Hellraiser is an outstanding horror movie that raises the infliction & depiction of extreme pain to an art form. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well well well helleraiser
This the first hellraiser film and you would think it should be the best.No not so in fact the older Hellraiser are much better buy this if you the whole set. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars No-one Escapes.
The power of one little box is amazing! This genuinely scary film follows the couple, Larry and Julie's move into a house that was occupied by the purveyor of the mystical box... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richie77777
5.0 out of 5 stars An imaginative, frightening debut from Clive Barker. A landmark horror...
Clive Barker's deliciously warped imagination is on full display in this modern classic of horror. Twisted and grotesque, but merely baby-steps compared with Hellbound: Hellraiser... Read more
Published 6 months ago by danhasthespeed
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror EVer
I have to say this, I happen to think it's true but the other reason is that my husband plays
"frank the monster" in it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by sarah smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't Worn Well
I bought this because I had a memory of seeing it on VHS many years ago and finding it quite disturbing, and I think genuinely disturbing horror films are rare. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Morgan Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its finest
Hellraiser is one of my favourite horror films, I'm a big fan of Clive barker, both in book and film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellraiser
A masterpiece from a master called: Clive Barker. This film has a strong cult following which it rightfully deserves. Extremely gory, but a mind-blowing storyline. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Four Star
4.0 out of 5 stars Still powerful, after all this time.
Based on his own book, and directed by him also, Clive Barker's fantasy horror from 1987, ticks every box from jump to gore, and then some. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars not 93 minutes
and again: the movie is 90 min. NOT 93 min. - why can't they tell the truth - sad for this movie
Published 13 months ago by pascal t
4.0 out of 5 stars Clive's Angels
Hellraiser is an unabashed horror film with demons, monsters, torment and strange things in the attic. Clive Barker is as macabre a storyteller in his way as Edgar Allan Poe. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jack Heslop
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