September 18th, 1987



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An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 7.0/10 (33,994 voted)

Director: Clive Barker

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence

Clive Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body... but the Cenobites won't be happy about this.

Andrew Robinson - Larry
Clare Higgins - Julia
Ashley Laurence - Kirsty Cotton
Sean Chapman - Frank
Oliver Smith - Frank the Monster
Robert Hines - Steve
Anthony Allen - 1st Victim
Leon Davis - 2nd Victim
Michael Cassidy - 3rd Victim
Frank Baker - Derelict
Kenneth Nelson - Bill
Gay Baynes - Evelyn
Niall Buggy - Dinner Guest
Dave Atkins - Moving Man 1
Oliver Parker - Moving Man 2

Taglines: Demon to some. Angel to others.

Release Date: 18 September 1987

Filming Locations: 187 Dollis Hill Lane, Dollis Hill, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £155,348 (UK) (13 September 1987) (98 Screens)

Gross: $14,564,027 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Sweden: (cut version)  | Finland: (cut)

Did You Know?

The budget of this movie was $1,000,000. It earned about $20,000,000. It was the directing debut of Clive Barker, who had made only two short films before this.

Continuity: Throughout most of the film, Larry has a bandage on his right hand. When he talks to Julia through the bathroom door, Larry's bandage is on his left hand.

Kirsty Cotton: Who are you?
Lead Cenobite: Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others.

User Review

It ain't SUPPOSED to be Macbeth, here folks....


In a decade of cheap, exploitive slashers, we finally get this one. Relief.

Instead of some maniac ripped from Halloween, we get a simple wooden box. Simple, or so Frank thought.

What results is a cinematic masterpiece, a great mix of gore and violence, as well as a great musical score and some nice drama. The acting is fine, but there are imperfections. One common complaint: The characters are not pleasant enough we can latch onto them. Maybe that's because these seem more realistic than the characters we CAN latch onto. Just a thought, don't jump on this.

What really gets me, though, is the people calling it down, saying it's not quality entertainment. Come on guys, if it was SUPPOSED to be Shakespeare, it would not advertise as being able to "tear your soul apart."

The presence of the cenobites was originally intended not to carry the story but to emphasize it. As usual, the sequaes ignored it. Hey, merchandizing.

This is the only one of the series that depends on the story more than the demons. We hardly ever see the infamous Pinhead at all.

all in all, this was a fun movie. No Shakespeare, but it's not supposed to be. Just dramatic, gory, groundbreaking horror, delivered to us excellently by Mr. Barker.


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