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Cenobites, Puzzle Boxes & Excursions into Hell

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« on: November 01, 2007, 01:48:16 am »

Hellraiser is a series of horror films exploring the themes of sadomasochism and morals under duress. The first film is based on the critically acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the first film. As of 2006, there have been seven sequels.
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 01:59:12 am »

Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film exploring the themes of sadomasochism, pain as a source of pleasure, and morality under duress and fear. It is based on the critically acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. In the UK, the film is titled Clive Barker's Hellraiser. It is the first film in the Hellraiser series. Seven subsequent sequels followed with a remake of the first announced in 2007. Hellraiser was number 19 on the cable channel Bravo's list of the 100 Scariest Movie Moments.
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007, 02:00:00 am »

Somewhere in the orient, Frank Cotton purchases an antique puzzle box from a dealer. Back at his house in England, Frank solves the puzzle box and hooked chains immediately fly out of the box and tear into his flesh. Demons called Cenobites from another realm appear to inspect Frank's remains. Their leader, "Pinhead," picks up the box and twists it back into its original state, and the room also returns to its original state.

Frank's brother Larry soon moves into Frank's abandoned house with his second wife, Julia, who previously had an affair with Frank. They assume that Frank is off on one of his nefarious adventures. Larry's teenage daughter, Kirsty, chooses not to live with her stepmother and moves into her own place. After cutting his hand on a nail (while moving a mattress), Larry goes upstairs to the room where Frank was killed and his blood falls on the floor. It mysteriously disappears through the floorboards, and Frank's soul uses this blood as nourishment to partially regenerate his body. Later, Frank convinces Julia to help restore him to his full physical form. Julia succumbs to Frank's entreaties and agrees to help him by seducing men and luring them up to the empty attic where Frank hides. After having Julia incapacitate them, Frank drains them of their blood, which allows him to further regenerate his body. Frank tells Julia about the puzzle box (which he still possesses) and explains that by reclaiming his body he has broken his deal with the Cenobites. He wants to restore himself and then leave with Julia before the Cenobites find him.

Kirsty eventually catches Julia bringing a strange man home and sneaks into the house to investigate. In the attic Julia bludgeons the man, allowing Frank to feast on his body. Kirsty approaches the attic unaware of what's happening within. Suddenly, the bloody man stumbles out of the attic, soon followed by the skinless Frank who confronts Kirsty. Before Frank can grab her, Kirsty seizes the puzzle box. When she realizes it holds value for Frank, she throws it out the window and escapes from the house, picking up the box as she flees. A disoriented Kirsty awakens in the hospital where she tells herself it all was a terrible dream, until the doctors hand her the puzzle box. Kirsty begins to play with the puzzle box and accidentally solves it. The walls of her hospital room open a dimensional door and Kirsty encounters the Cenobites. Pinhead tells Kirsty that she has summoned them, and therefore they must take her to their world of pain and sadomasochism. She begs them to spare her, offering to lead them to Frank in exchange for her freedom. Kirsty escapes the hospital and races to her father's home to warn him about Frank. Larry informs Kirsty that Frank has been taken care of, and Julia shows Kirsty a bloody body in the attic. The Cenobites reappear, demanding the man responsible for this death. Kirsty believes they want her father and she runs to warn him. However, she soon realizes that Frank has murdered her father and stolen his skin and worn it like a suit to fool Kirsty into believing that he was her father.

Frank attacks Kirsty, accidentally stabbing Julia in the process. Frank then drains Julia of her blood, further nourishing himself. He goes to the attic where Kirsty is hiding. Kirsty weeps and accuses Frank of murdering her father. Frank is unrepentant, telling Kirsty her father was already dead inside anyway. Having heard Frank's confession, the Cenobites appear. Frank tries to kill Kirsty for setting him up, but dozens of hooked chains grab him and tear him apart. Kirsty runs through the house, eager to escape, but the Cenobites want her as well. Kirsty finds the puzzle box clutched in the hands of Julia's corpse. One by one she banishes the Cenobites back to their realm by reversing the solution to the puzzle box.

Afterwards, Kirsty tries to burn the box in a fire outdoors, but a strange man appears and picks it out of the flames. As the man is consumed by the flames he transforms into a winged, skeletal creature that flies away into the night. In the final scene, the box is shown in the hands of the merchant who originally sold it to Frank, asking another prospective customer, "What's your pleasure, sir?"

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2007, 02:05:48 am »

Clive Barker originally commissioned a soundtrack for Hellraiser from the industrial band Coil. The music they supplied was rejected, and Christopher Young provided a more traditional orchestral score for the finished movie. Coil's score, which was apparently described by Barker in a complimentary manner as being "bowel churning",has been released in isolation as The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser and as part of the compilation Unnatural History II (CD) (1995).
Coil's original theme was later covered by the Italian black metal band Aborym on their debut album Kali Yuga Bizarre
Christopher Young went on to contribute the soundtrack to the first sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Music. Subsequent movies in the series used music by different composers.
The Swedish death metal band Entombed recorded a cover version of Young's score (along with sample quotes from the film) and released it on their EP Hollowman.
UK Black metal band Anaal Nathrakh sampled Frank Cotton's final words and used in the track Tractatus Alogico Misanthropicus.
Hellraiser Soundtrack (1987)
1.   Hellraiser 1:43
2.   Resurrection 2:32
3.   Hellbound Heart 5:05
4.   The Lament Configuration 3:31
5.   Reunion 3:11
6.   A Quick Death 1:16
7.   Seduction And Pursuit 3:01
8.   In Love's Name 2:56
9.   The Cenobites 4:13
10.   The Rat Race Slice Quartet 3:15
11.   Re-Resurrection 2:34
12.   Uncle Frank 2:59
13.   Brought On By Night 2:18
14.   Another Puzzle 4:06
Total Album Time: 42:40
DVD releases
In North America, Hellraiser has been released by Anchor Bay three times, all of which are the original 93 minute version of the film (this is the only version to ever be released on DVD). The original DVD release was a "bare-bones" release and is now out of print. It was re-issued in 2000 with a new 5.1 mix mastered in THX. Finally, it was packaged along with Hellbound: Hellraiser II in a Limited Edition tin case which included a 48 page colour booklet and a reproduction theatrical poster for both films.
A 20th Anniversary DVD of the film was released on October 23rd, 2007.

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2007, 02:21:34 am »

Actor/Actress   Role
Doug Bradley
PinHead / Lead Cenobite
Sean Chapman   Frank Cotton
Oliver Smith
Frank The Monster
Andrew Robinson
Lary Cotton
Ashley Laurence
Kristy Cotton
Clare Higgins
Julia Cotton
Robert Hines
Anthony Allen
Victim #1
Leon Davis
Victim #2
Michael Cassidy
Victim #3
Frank Baker
Kenneth Nelson
Gay Baynes   Evelyn
Niall Buggy   Dinner Guest
Dave Atkins
Moving Man #1
Oliver Parker
Moving Man #2
Pamela Sholto   Complaining Customer
Nicholas Vince   Chatterer Cenobite
Simon Bamford   Butterball Cenobite
Grace Kirby   Female Cenobite
Sharon Bower   Nurse
Raul Newney   Doctor

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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2007, 02:35:30 am »

Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 film directed by Tony Randel. It is the second film in the Hellraiser series of films.

Kirsty Cotton has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, still haunted by visions of the horror that destroyed her family. As Doctor Channard (Kenneth Cranham), and his assistant, Kyle MacRae (William Hope) interview her, she tells her account of what happened to her family. She pleads with them to destroy the bloody mattress her murderous stepmother, Julia Cotton (Clare Higgins) died on. MacRae is the only one who seems to believe her. However, it is revealed that the obsessive Dr. Channard has been searching for the Lament Configuration, the doorway to the world of the Cenobites, for years. After hearing Kirsty's story, Channard has the mattress brought to his home, and has one of his deranged patients lie on it, and cut himself with a straight razor. The resulting blood-letting frees Julia from the Cenobite dimension, though Julia's physical form is inexplicably whole, lacking only skin. Channard, seduced by Julia's charms, has surreptitiously brought more mentally-ill patients to his home for her to "feed" on. MacRae, who had snuck inside Dr. Channard's house to investigate Kirsty's claims, witnesses this gruesome scene, and returns to the mental hospital to tell Kirsty. The two decide to return to Dr. Channard's house, so Kirsty can attempt to save her father. They also decide to bring a young patient, Tiffany (Imogen Boorman) whom Kirsty has befriended. Tiffany, who hasn't spoken for years, has demonstrated an amazing aptitude for puzzles.Once in the house, Kyle goes upstairs to investigate. Julia seduces him and takes him inside the basement. Julia seduces and attacks him, feeding on his blood to replenish her own flesh.

Using Tiffany as a proxy, Channard and Julia unlock the Lament Configuration puzzle box and enter the world of Pinhead and the Cenobites, a realm dominated by their god Leviathan which manifests itself as a great steel diamond floating in the sky. However, the mere act of opening the Lament Configuration is not the reason to be targeted by the Cenobites, as Pinhead stops the others from harming Tiffany, claiming that it was not angst that summoned them here. In the process he transforms the box into a diamond shape much like that of his god Leviathan - the Leviathan Configuration.

Elsewhere, Kirsty is confronted by the Cenobites, who are still eager to "experience her flesh". She leaves them, roaming the labyrinth of corridors, and eventually finds Frank, who has been trapped in a room with writhing female shapes, but unable to sate his lust. He turns his malicious attentions on Kirsty, but she manages to escape by igniting a nearby picture of him, which causes him to ignite as well very much in a reversed "Dorian Gray" effect. As his skin sears off, Julia suddenly appears with Tiffany by her side. Frank, eager for some carnal pleasures (or simply to escape from his hell) commands Julia to come to him. Julia, having not forgotten his betrayal in the first movie, seemingly gives him a kiss but then rips out his heart from his back, her revenge for his murder of her in the first film. As she gloats over his corpse, a horror-struck Kirsty flees with Tiffany.

Kirsty and Tiffany continue on, only to re-encounter Pinhead and his minions, who are now intent on "experiencing her". She reveals a picture she had found in Dr. Channard's house, an old photo of the man Pinhead used to be, dressed as a British soldier. Doctor Channard reappears, having been transformed into a Cenobite by Leviathian after being betrayed by Julia herself. Pinhead and the others attack him, but he easily shatters their chained hooks, and kills them one by one. Upon dying, their human forms are restored. Doctor Channard leaves the Cenobite domain, and goes on a murderous rampage through the mental hospital, gleefully killing patients and staff whom have opened the other boxes Channard had distributed. Tiffany recovers the puzzle box, and begins manipulating it, attempting to close the gateway. Channard is lured back and attacks her, but pauses when he sees what he believes is Julia (actually Kirsty wearing the deceased Julia's skin). Tiffany is given the opportunity to reconfigure the Lament Configuration puzzle back into a box shape. Leviathan transforms into a box shape as well, destroying Doctor Channard, and wreaking havoc throughout the area, and allowing the two girls to return home just as the gate between the two worlds closes.

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2007, 02:41:17 am »

According to, there are two versions of the film--a 99-minute version and a 106-minute version. However, this is simply an error on the part of Amazon; the 106-minute version does not exist.
[Dr. Channard's name in the script was Dr. Malahide. "Channard" is derived from Christiaan Bernard, who performed the world's first successful heart transplant.
   Andrew Robinson refused to reprise his role as Larry Cotton, forcing hasty script rewrites. This partially accounts for the muddled story structure of the final film.
   Because of a neck accident, Kenneth Cranham only played the Channard Cenobite whilst floating for a single day. Stuntman Bronco McLoughlin played the Channard Cenobite for the rest of the shoot in the long shots.
   The horn sound that is continually made by Leviathan is Morse code for "God".
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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2007, 02:43:47 am »

Doug Bradley ... PinHead / Captain Elliot Spencer
Sean Chapman ... Frank Cotton
Oliver Smith ... Browning / Skinless Frank
Andrew Robinson ... Larry Cotton
Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty Cotton
Clare Higgins ... Julia Cotton
Dehorah Joel ... Skinless Julia
Imogen Boorman ... Tiffany
Catherine Chevalier ... Tiffany's Mother
Kenneth Cranham ... Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
William Hope ... Kyle MacRae
Barbie Wilde ... Female Cenobite
Grace Kirby ... Female Cenobite
Simon Bamford ... Butterball Cenobite
Nichalas Vince ... Chatterer Cenobite
Angus Maclnnes ... Detective Ronson
James Tillitt ... Officer Cortez
Bradley Lavelle ... Officer Kucich
Edwin Craig ... Wheelchair Patient
Ron Travis ... Workman 1
Oliver Parker ... Workman 2
Robert Hines ... Steve
Michael Cassidy ... 3rd Victim
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