YMMV / Hellraiser

Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

The Franchise in general:

  • Draco in Leather Pants: Doug Bradley famously quipped about how much fan mail he gets from women and how they love Pinhead, even though he hasn't done a good, benevolent thing over the course of the entire film franchise.
    • While not good in a heroic sense, punishing evildoers like Winter and The Host is hard to describe as anything but just.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Chatterer, who's the second most recurring Cenobite after Pinhead.
    • Pinhead himself started as this in the first film before being promoted as a Breakout Villain. Julia was intended to be the Big Bad.
  • Evil Is Cool: Pinhead is the face of the Hellraiser series. Also, the other Cenobites who appears throughout the franchise also qualify, mainly due to their and Pinhead's unique physical appearances and creative supernatural kills.
  • Evil is Sexy: You wouldn't think so about Pinhead, would you? But the mounds of fan mail Doug Bradley gets from adoring women say otherwise.
  • Fanon: Event Horizon is considered by many as an unofficial Hellraiser film.
  • Foe Yay: Between Kirsty and Pinhead. Especially in the deleted scene in Hellseeker.
  • Les Yay: In the first two movies, the female Cenobite seems more intent on getting her hands on Kirsty than the others.
  • Nausea Fuel: It's Clive Barker. Hellbound is the worst, with the maggot-infested corpses and the inmate shredding himself with a razor, but all of the movies have it to some extent.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Pinhead has very little screen time in most of the films. He generally shows up around the end after very short appearances earlier on, sometimes as a Jump Scare.
    • Inferno: Pinhead turns out to be Joseph's psychiatrist. When he reveals himself as such during the climax, he explains why things have gone the way they have for Joseph, and the behavior he's indulged in to warrant such consequences.
    • Hellseeker: Turns up at the end as we learn Kirsty made a deal with him to take her husband.
    • Deader: During the climax, Winter and the Deaders fail to take over the Cenobite's realm/purpose, and Pinhead takes great pleasure in making them pay for the attempt.
    • Hellworld: It turns out the brief glimpses we get of Pinhead aren't even real, just the main characters hallucinating. It appears that Pinhead doesn't even exist and is only a character for an online RPG based on the Lament Configuration's mythos... until the very, very end, when he turns out to be quite real after all.
    • Revelations: This film's plot is patterned after the first one's, but the Cenobytes have their biggest on-screen summoning much closer to the end.
  • Sequelitis: The first two films are worth watching. The others are all over the place, with Hell on Earth, Bloodline, and Inferno being the only generally-well-liked ones.
    • One interesting aversion is that Inferno and Hellseeker operate on similar formulas. Whichever one the person sees first might make them favor that one over the other. Hellseeker bringing back Kirsty also helps while Inferno uses an actor from Nightbreed Inferno precedes Hellseeker historically, but given the later sequels don't number anymore, plenty of people may not have watched in order.
  • Squick: Again, it's Clive Barker.
  • Villain Decay: Pinhead is a rare inversion. In making him more evil (and usually the main villain) after the second film, the writers also made him less interesting. He's also an odd case in that how malevolent he is goes back and forth across the films. He's pure evil in the third and fourth films; the fifth, sixth and seventh installments feature Pinhead about as much as the first two and in the eighth, the real Pinhead only shows up at the end.

The first film:

  • Adaptation Displacement: The number of fans unaware there was ever a book is astounding. The fact that the book and the film have distinctly different titles doesn't help.
  • Complete Monster: Frank Cotton, who also appears in the second film, was a cruel hedonist before he was taken by the Cenobites. After his escape, he shows no remorse in murdering innocent people to drain them of their vital fluids to repair himself. When his niece Kirsty Cotton finds him, he tries to rape her. He also murders his own brother and wears his skin as a disguise; Frank also murders his accomplice and lover Julia with no remorse. When he's taken by the Cenobites again, Frank languishes in a private hell and sends Kirsty letters begging for help, pretending to be her father so she'll come to save him, solely so he can keep her as a Sex Slave.
  • Evil is Sexy: Julia's motivation for choosing bad-boy Frank over his good brother Larry. Of course if she did not like evil then she would have self-loathing issues and for some fans she qualifies as well.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Jeeeeesuuuuuussss wept....."
  • Narm: When Frank says, "Come to daddy!"
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • There was no budget left to complete the special effects in the first film, so Clive Barker and "a Greek guy" hand-drew them on the film over the course of a weekend. Barker was impressed with the results, considering how much alcohol the two of them had consumed.
    • During the scene with the Engineer, you can clearly see the tracks the puppet is riding on. Harder to catch in VHS copies, but in HD it's more than visible.
  • The Woobie: Kirsty.
    • Larry. The poor guy never really had a chance.