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Sex & Nudity

  • Brief female topless nudity in a couple of scenes, including a couple of short sex scenes, and closeups of pictures of a man having sex with a few different women, but nothing graphic is shown.
  • Not as graphic as other 80s movies, such as The Shining or Friday The 13th
  • A sexual statuette is very briefly seen, with penetration seen, albeit very briefly

Violence & Gore

  • People should remember that since this movie was made a while ago, the violence is cheesy and shouldn't disturb people too much
  • Gory, but all in a darkly comedic and sarcastic way
  • A man is shown being impaled by chains. Not too graphic, but very disturbing and frightening.
  • A man is hung from chains with blood running down his face.
  • A man slices his hand on a loose nail. Graphic.
  • There is a graphic "rebirth" scene, which shows a man being reconstructed. Strong and gory.
  • A man appears with no skin.
  • A man is killed by having his head and jaw smashed in with a hammer. Brutal and graphic.
  • A man inserts his hand into people and sucks out their blood.
  • A skinned corpse is shown.
  • A man is sliced on his face by a knife.
  • A woman is stabbed in the stomach with a knife. Graphic.
  • A man is very graphically impaled by chain hooks and then pulled apart by them. Probably the goriest part of the movie.
  • Three rats are shown nailed to a wall, one is twitching.
  • A rat is cut in half, bottom to top. We see the insides.


  • "Fuck" is used twice; "shit" and "bitch" a couple of times, among other milder profanities.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Adults drink and smoke casually in this movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A skinless man with realistic anatomical muscle detail, drenched in blood, is the focal point of many scenes. We also see the same character's graphic metamorphosis with some intense practical effects.
  • The four cenobites are very horrific and graphic looking, including one with no skin on and no eyes, one that is fat and has no mouth or eyes - sunglasses cover this - one whose neck is open and we see the inside of it many times, and the lead cenobite has nails all over his head and speaks in a very disturbing, creepy voice.
  • There are many intense scenes of violence within Hellraiser, which are very disturbing to watch.
  • Subject matter is very dark and has adult themes such as S&M. Bloody, gory mess throughout.
  • A horrifying looking creature chases a girl through the thin hallway.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Hobo from earlier transforms into a Dragon, It's more cheesy than scary, but may still be frightening.
  • A Man's face is pulled apart by chains, it's brief but very graphic. Might frighten many viewers or even give them nightmares.

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