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10 Gruesome Facts About 'Hellraiser', The Most Twisted Horror Movie Of The 80s

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Hellraiser might not have achieved mainstream success in the same way as franchises like Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street did, but it's remained a favorite among horror fans since 1987.

The story of humans driven to commit gruesome acts of murder by mysterious demons called Cenobites is one of the more original ideas for a horror franchise, and we still love it today. That being said, we're pretty sure even diehard horror fans might not know a few of these facts.

It's one of the few horror novel adaptations directed by the book's author


Clive Barker directed the movie, basing it on his novella The Hellbound Heart. He had only directed two short films before, and joked a lot about his inexperience, saying that "the cast treated my ineptitudes kindly, and the crew were no less forgiving."

Doug Bradley, who played Pinhead, was disappointed everyone ignored him at the wrap-up party. It turns out none of them had seen him out of costume, and they didn't know who he was.


Talk about making an impression while in costume.

Bradley almost didn't even play Pinhead


He was given the choice of him or one of the movers in the beginning, and was worried that his career would be hurt if the audience couldn't see his face.

The movie went through several possible titles before settling on "Hellraiser."


The studio didn't like Barker's original title, "The Hellbound Heart," saying they thought it sounded too much like a romance movie. He suggested "Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave," and then opened the floor to name suggestions from the crew. A 60-year-old woman then suggested the title of "What a Woman Will Do For a Good F***."

The facts just get crazier from here...

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