Review of Hellraiser

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Year: 1987 - Runtime: 93 minutes - Director: Clive Barker - Writer(s): Clive Barker
Country: United States - Language: English - Parental Guide: R - Color: Color

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★


The movie starts with a quick introduction of Frank – a sadist looking for the ultimate pleasure. He buys this puzzle from this dude and while messing around with it opens the doors to a world of wonder and joy, filled with chains, hooks and random body parts. Forward ahead several years… Franks brother Larry along with his new wife Julia and daughter Kirsty move into Franks abandoned house. When Larry bust open a vein and spills some blood on the attic floor Frank is magically resurrected, with a catch. His body is only half intact and to get back into shape he needs more blood. Frank reaches out to Julia,  who he use to have vicious, hard-core romps in the sack with before his disappearance. Julia, who never stopped craving Frank to begin with starts whoring herself out to get Frank some dinner. Kirsty, who has already moved out to get away from the bitch, starts wondering just wth her mommy dearest is up to and follows her, watches her bring home her latest trist and comes face to face with the not-quite-completed Frank. She escapes with the box and wakes up in the hospital. After piddle-fucking around with it she solves it, summoning a great group of guys called the Cenobites. They come to claim her body and soul until she tells them she can give them Frank – who they were pretty peeved with. They agree, Kirsty goes hoem to retrieve Frank for her new friends and find he has taken over her dad’s body. The Cenobites welcome Frank back with open arms and Kirsty is off the hook..

Reason to Watch

If for no other reason, you gotta watch to see Julia lay one on Franks adorable face.


Unique story line for it’s time. Original, sadistic and gruesome without being to cheesy.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • “We have such sights to show you”
  • “No tears please, it’s a waste of good suffering”
  • “Welcome to the worst nightmare of all… reality!”
  • The film’s original title was “Sadomasochists From Beyond The Grave”
  • The budget for this film was $1 million dollars
  • The film is based on Clive Barker’s book “The Hellbound Heart”
Educational Content

The school systems would do good to replace traditional sex-ed classes with this film.

Justification for Rating

I gave it a 10 based on originality, the creepy factor, and I love seeing people hit in the head with hammers.



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