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.