1987 R 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD


1987 R 1h 33m Blu-ray / DVD
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A couple discovers a hideous creature in their attic -- the husband's half-brother, who is also the wife's ex-lover. Having lost his earthly form to sadomasochistic demons from another dimension, the man needs human sacrifices to rebuild his body.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby True HD
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Hellraiser is extremely gory. Killing and mutilating befalls both humans and animals (rats), with bloody death by knife, hammer, and hooks. Nightmare imagery includes a vampire-like man without skin cannibalizing others to regenerate, and the cyborg-like demons called cenobites. Characters smoke, drink, have sex (some nudity) and swear (including "f--k"), and a villain incestuously lusts after his niece. Scattered religious icons might offend some viewers in this context.

Sexual Content

Bare breasts in short sex scenes and in still photos of apparent sex acts. Julia is unfaithful to her husband in assorted discreet and indiscreet sex scenes. There's a hint that ghoul Frank, in addition to all his other faults, lusts after his niece.


Lots. Killing and mutilating of both humans and rats. Several men clubbed bloodily to death with a claw hammer. A closeup stabbing. Piles of meat are supposed to be human remains. Cenobites and their victims suffer hooks through their flesh and peeled-back skin. One character is a fleshless ghoul who shows viscera, bone, tendon, brain, and ooze as he slowly regenerates.


"F--k," "damn," and "God" as an exclamation.

Social Behavior

Without spelling it out in detail, the film trades heavily on the concept of erotic sado-masochism -- that some people can find pain, torture, and even mutilation a sexual turn-on. Recurring religious imagery that makes a subtle connection between Jesus and Frank.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Meanie stepmom Julia and living-corpse Frank smoke cigarettes. Drinking happens regularly.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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