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Hellraiser (20th Anniversary Edition) (1987)

Andrew Robinson , Clare Higgins , Clive Barker  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Writers: Clive Barker
  • Producers: David Saunders
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVV23I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellraiser (20th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Twenty years ago Clive Barker unleashed a nightmare like no other, a deliciously depraved vision of hell on earth that changed the face of horror forever. Two decades later, it stands alone as the carnage classic whose power to shock and disturb remains undiminished. We have such sights to show you: This is HELLRAISER like you've never experienced it before!

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What's your pleasure Mr. Cotton?" October 23, 2007
Format:DVD
Be forewarned that this review is primarily for the DVD release of Hellraiser, not the film itself. It's no secret that Anchor Bay has done an excellent job bringing classic and cult horror films to DVD, even if it's over and over again. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Clive Barker's Hellraiser adds a few new extras, while bringing over the same extras that were available from the older DVD release of the film. What's new here are the interviews with the film's stars Doug "Pinhead" Bradley, Andrew Robinson, and Ashley Laurence. Other than that, it's the same stuff that we had before, including the interesting commentary by Barker and Laurence. If you already own the previous release of Hellraiser, the new interviews alone aren't any reason to go out and pick this up whatsoever. Anchor Bay has quite a habit of double and triple dipping their DVD's (there is yet again another edition of the original Evil Dead on the way as well), and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Hellraiser is no different. As for the film itself, it's an excellent and original exercise in violent horror that still holds up 20 years later, and remains Clive Barker's crowning film achievement. If you don't already own Hellraiser on DVD, then by all means pick this edition up, but as said before, if you already own it, there's no reason to pick this edition up too.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Hellraiser is an extreme horror lover's dream come true. Clive Barker's unique vision marked a virtual rebirth of the genre at a time when slasher sequels were the fun, yet predictable, norm. Although the premiere setting for viewing this movie is a crowded theater of screamers (and sick puppies like myself who find humor in gore), one can still achieve a quite satisfactory effect watching this movie alone in the dark. Some horror creators rely on blood and gore for its own sake, others rely on the story itself to produce the desired effect. Clive Barker is one of the few horror geniuses who can make copious amounts of gore an integral and necessary part of the story. Hellraiser can be deliciously gross, so those with weak stomachs should beware. It features rats; decayed, maggot-infested meat; and copious amounts of blood--and that's just the teaser. Later there are acts of cold-blooded murder, human dismemberment by arrays of chains, a partially formed, pus-dripping, oozing carcass, and then the incredible Cenobites themselves.
The movie at its simplest level is a retelling of a story that goes back to Goethe's Doctor Faustus and beyond--when you sell your soul to evil forces, you will regret it. Frank Cotton is a despicable, uncaring man who has grown bored with life's most extreme pleasures. When he hears about and eventually acquires a puzzle box which can open the door to a new world of perverse pleasures, he finds out that one man's pleasure is another man's pain under the tutelage of the Cenobites. Somehow, he manages to escape the other world, and when his brother's blood is spilled in his chamber of horrors, his body begins to reform itself.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the genre. May 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
In 1986, Clive Barker wrote a novella called "The Hellbound Heart" which was and by all means still is a brilliant example that in a space of roundabout 160 pages a skilled horrormaster like Barker can convey horror and suspense enough to shock and scare the reader. Barker is the same one who says that there are no new stories, only new ways to tell. It is a refreshingly original story rich in gruesome details. Then, in 1987, Barker himself got the opportunity to adapt his novel to the screen. This film immortalized the legendary villain called Pinhead, played by Doug Bradley. The film is just as gruesome as the book if not more. I'd say that I had no doubt the film would be faithful to the novel because after all it was the novel's writer who was directing the movie in the first place! I just rewatched Hellraiser last night and I reread the book today. It's short enough to be read in one sitting...and compelling enough, too! To me this film is a contemporary masterpiece of the genre. It's not only an excuse to show flayed, skinned glistening on screen, no. Unlike what others say, there is a story here too, and to me at least, it's a very original one. Andrew Robinson, Claire Higgins and Ashley Laurence give very good performances to back up this film...but the real heros behind it are director/writer Clive Barker and the special effects creator, Bob Keene. The scene with Frank's reanimation has got to be one of the grossest and most stunning effects I've ever seen. And also, considering this film only cost one million dollars to do, I think that that price was a bargain. Congratulations to all!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great job by Anchor Bay! April 24, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I watched this Blu-ray last night and the picture quality is amazing and definitely on par with Anchor Bay's previous releases (Halloween '79, Dawn of the Dead '78, Day of the Dead '85 and Masters of Horror Season 1). I haven't checked out the special features yet, but this release is worth the price for picture quality alone. Anchor Bay have really set the bar. Now I wish they'd announce release dates for Hellraiser 2, Creepshow 2, The Hills Have Eyes ('77), the Phantasm films, Sleepaway Camp and Masters of Horror Season 2, not to mention Near Dark (which I think might now be licensed to Lionsgate). Thanks for a great job AB!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
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Published 4 days ago by TRACIE WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
Classic horror film. I wish some of the acting had been better, but it was the 80's after all. The novella is even better.
Published 15 days ago by Dbelkau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great movie we had two. My cousin loved it. Old movie but cool.
Published 18 days ago by kimberly Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfection at its best...Darkness was never prettier...
Published 23 days ago by Gaylon McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I enjoyed watching the movie. It is an old 80's movie but I like reliving the 80's. If you can't deal with special effects that were made back then, then don't watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jcurry65
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is real horror
Forget the majority of everything the genre has been pumping out for years. Go back to a time when the slasher genre reigned and you will find this little gem. Read more
Published 1 month ago by soundstudio
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellraiser
It was an interesting story. I like the specials effects on this movie. It would be nice to see the second part.
Published 2 months ago by Andres A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep. just as creepy and disturbing as I remember!
All right. We've come a long way with horror flicks. From weird like the Blair Witch Project, bizzarre like the remake of, The Thing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Cast
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't think I could ever like a man that much
There are so many unanswered questions and extreme overacting that its difficult to watch without cringing sometimes (even without the 80's era sexism). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kim H
4.0 out of 5 stars In 1987...this was ahead of its time as far a horror goes.
Clive Barker is one brilliantly disturbed man! This will have you wondering what the hell goes on in his mind, while at the same time keeps you tight in your seat. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Poker 005
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Regarding the 1998 Release Found on Amazon
To answer your question about the DVD running time of HELLRAISER, I copied the following discussion found elsewhere on this site:

On April 26, 2008
Martin says:

Dan,

I just checked your other reviews and I wanted to know what is missing on the Hellraiser DVD? I have the one that was released... Read More
Jul 30, 2008 by Dan |  See all 2 posts
Did any one read the book? The Hellbound Heart?
I have read the book and I prefer the movie, which I should point out was written and directed by Barker himself, so it's not like someone else came along and corrupted his story. The book and movie are nearly identical with a few details changed, and I think these choices made sense ... I mean,... Read More
Feb 6, 2009 by Alex Faber |  See all 5 posts
Any subtitles?
no subtitles, just closed captioning!
Feb 2, 2008 by Firth Fan |  See all 2 posts
Cenobite question...
well there was a couple of them in bloodlines but they were cut
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