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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

Movie R 1987 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 16+

Stylish & Inventive Horror Film - for Adults Only

Adults only for this film. I wouldn't let any under 16's see this film. It really is very scary, not just with the gore and graphic violence; the dark themes are not for children. If I were to have seen this as a child I would have been scarred.
age 14+

Fun And Gory Movie!

Hellraiser is a wild gory and fun ride of a movie! It’s an absolute classic and any horror fan should watch it! But there is 2 sex scenes and skinned and dismembered bodies. If your child is very mature i would say 13+ but 14+ is fine for most teens

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Hellraiser made a mint at the box office when it was released in 1987, in part, perhaps, because it really pushes the envelope (not to mention limits of human anatomy) in depicting the gruesome. But more so than just being a boo! spook show, Hellraiser conveys creepy family betrayal and spiritual evil just as bad as the obviously grotesque violence. When the special-effects ambition goes beyond the filmmakers' talent and budget -- puppet monsters, cartoon energy bolts -- the horror gets a bit comical. Still, the slicker, more CGI-laden The Mummy also had a dead guy reconstituting himself, and it wasn't half this disturbing. Several ripoff sequels followed, some just as gross, none as effective.

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