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Hellraiser [DVD]

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  • Actors: Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Producers: Christopher Figg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KRU3S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Clive Barker's screen adaptation of his novella 'The Hellbound Heart'. Sexual profligate Frank Cotton opens a Chinese puzzle box and discovers the entrance to Hell, where the resident 'Cenobites' rip the flesh off him. When Frank's brother Larry and his wife move into Frank's house, a skeletal Frank appears to his sister-in-law and asks her to supply him with corpses for his regeneration.


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 Barker's film, 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2002
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin O'Keefe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Of the many horror franchises that endured through the 80s and 90s Hellraiser, surely, has the most sequels (I think we're up to part 10 now). The mythology, and point, may have been lost on the long line of successive filmmakers who took up the reigns after Clive Barker's departure, but the original film remains a true, hardcore, nose-to-the-grindstone horror that is completely unafraid to do whatever it wants.

The story has Larry Cotton and his wife Julia move into the old family home (in what seems to be England, but no one is speaking with an English accent) where his wayward brother Frank appeared to have been staying before mysteriously taking off. Little do they know that Frank's soul is imprinted on the walls of the attic and brought back to life, in a skeletal, barely human capacity, when Larry spills his blood on the floor. Frank and Julia rekindle a fling they once had as he begs her to help him restore his human body, by luring naive wannabe lovers, for him to feed on before the Cenobites discover he's escaped their dimension of eternal pain/pleasure.

What impresses me most with Hellraiser is that everything is done before the camera. All the blood and make-up effects are cheap but utterly convincing. If it were made today it would be nothing more than a CGI-crapfest that would horrify no one, but the raw, ugly visuals and unfiltered cinematography elevate Hellraiser far, far above the trash that passes itself for horror these days.

Chris Young also provides a glorious score, which may well be the best horror film score of all time. It's absolutely amazing stuff and I highly recommend that you check out the Hellraiser score CD.
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