Hellraiser (1987)

An exotic puzzle box serves as a gateway to a nightmarish alternate world in this gory horror film, the directorial debut of popular horror author Clive Barker. A prologue recounts the death of a sleazy sexual experimenter named Frank.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Minor grisly fun, but don't expect the movie to linger when it's over.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a movie without wit, style or reason, and the true horror is that actors were made to portray, and technicians to realize, its bankruptcy of imagination.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sharp grim direction and tight writing from Clive Barker who turns his story of a puzzle box invoking the forces of hell in to an experience rather than doing the work for us...

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Derek Adams
Time Out

[Writer/Director Clive] Barker's dazzling debut as a director creates such an atmosphere of dread that the astonishing visual set pieces simply detonate in a chain reaction of cumulative intensity.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

For all that it is an incredible, and incredibly disturbing, film to look at, Hellraiser doesn't entirely click as a narrative.

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Fernando F. Croce

Clive Barker's virtuosic De Sadean satire

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

It's a dark, frequently disturbing and occasionally terrifying film that suggests Barker's vision hasn't quite made the conversion from paper to celluloid.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Gore-torture-horror-ghoul fantasy from the '80s.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Barker's vision cribs equally from the mythos of vampires and zombies, but Hellraiser's overriding ridiculousness (and nagging budgetary shortcomings) can't disguise the fact that the movie is at least unwittingly a product of the AIDS crisis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
People are pretty split on whether they find this film to be the start of the new frontier of horror, and the beginning of the horror porn manifestation we see… More
Randy Tippy
A blood drenched fright fantasy from the brilliant but twisted mind of Clive Barker. As much as I enjoy a good scare, gore just isn't my cup of tea. I… More
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Alex roy
Clive Barker's ultimate masterpiece of on screen Horror. Based on his novella, the Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser is one cool film to watch. The film… More
Eric Shankle
Another 80s horror classic ruined by many half-assed sequels. "Hellraiser" has an excellent concept and offers plenty of gore. Everything from the… More
Michael Edwards
Hellraiser is one of the most disturbing films made in the 80s, and when I say disturbing I mean sadomasochistic disturbing, mainly because of what the… More