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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 95. Hellraiser (1987)

June 21, 2011

95. Hellraiser [DVD] (1987)

Plot: In this classic horror movie Julia (Clare Higgins), an unfaithful wife of husband Larry (Andrew Robinson) encounters the zombie of her dead lover Frank (Sean Chapman), who’s being chased by demons called Cenobites after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.

Julia finds a way of bringing Frank back to life which forces her step-daughter Kirsty to bargain with the Cenobites, led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley). Which I might add, isn’t so easy…


Also Starring: Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Grace Kirby
Written and Directed by: Clive Barker
Length: 94 minutes
Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated) /
Gross Revenue: $14,564,027 (USA)
Revenue/minute: $154,936

Demon to some. Angel to others. Hellraiser. He’ll tear your soul apart. (Hellraiser tagline)

Review: This low-budget british horror movie based on Director Clive Barker’s own novella The Hellbound Heart used to scare the bejeezus out of me.

Still does actually.

Sure the FX isn’t great all the way through the movie; Clive Barker (pictured left) blames the huge amount of alcohol consumed by him and some “greek guy” when the two of them made the final shots of the movie over a weekend; but the movie is still great nonetheless.

Favorite “Hellraiser” Quote: Jesus wept.


The Cenobites are four of my all-time favorite scary bunch of demons or angels or whatever they are. And my favorite of them all is: the female Cenobite.

I actually just found out she’s a female by doing the research for this article. Perhaps that’s why I’m still single?

But I digress once again.

Nerdiest movie trivia: The film’s working title was “Sadomasochists From Beyond The Grave”.

This movie rocks the socks off any of the mass-produced and I’ve-seen-it-many-times-before horror movies Hollywood keeps spewing out to get a fast buck these days.

True, the Hellraiser franchise has spewed out too many bad sequels too, and there’s even a remake coming out in 2012 and you know how much I hate remakes; but this, the first one (and also the second one in my opinion) is still a must-see for any horror fan out there.

Especially those who weren’t around in 1987 and who think that Paranormal Activity is the scariest movie out there.

Previous on the list: 96. As Good as It Gets (1997)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 10:59

    My favorite “Hellraiser” Quote:
    “No tears, please… It’s a waste of good suffering. “

  2. Gudihimlen permalink
    June 22, 2011 10:59

    Pinhead RULEZ!!!

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