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6.9
/10
2,208 Ratings

Hellraiser

Directed by Clive Barker
United Kingdom, 1987
Horror, Fantasy, Cult

Synopsis

Clive Barker’s feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature — the man’s half-brother, who is also the woman’s former lover — hiding upstairs.

Our take

The iconic, uniquely terrifying, and twisted Pinhead makes his grand debut in this gruesome horror. Working from his own novel, first-time director Clive Barker’s film is a remarkable rarity: not only a highly original blend of Catholicism, punk rock, and S&M, but by now also a classic of its genre.

Hellraiser Directed by Clive Barker

Critics reviews

While thin on plot, what it offers, like Barker’s Lord of Illusions in its better moments, is the solemn majesty of ceremony, a sense of awe at the awful possibilities of the body in restoration and unjoining.
October 11, 2017
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The film is for the most part a return to the cutting edge of horror cinema, and in its inventively gruesome moments – Frank being turned inside-out by creaking millworks, his face being put together on the floor like a jigsaw puzzle – a reminder of the Grand Guignol intensity that has recently tended to disintegrate into lazy splatter.
September 01, 1987
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