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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.
  • Fan Nickname: Pinhead was originally listed in the first film's credits as "Lead Cenobite," and Barker himself has been known to say calling him "Pinhead" makes him sound stupid. Which didn't stop the sequels from adopting the fan nickname as the official one.
  • Fanon: Event Horizon is considered by many as an unofficial Hellraiser film.
  • 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.
  • Sequelitis: The first two films are worth watching. The others are all over the place, with Hell on Earth, Bloodlines, and Inferno being the only generally-well-liked ones.
  • 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.
    • That's really only true for 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 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 Kristy Cotton, finds him, he attempts to rape her. He also murders his own brother and wears his skin as a disguise. When Kristy uncovers the truth, Frank also murders his accomplice and lover Julia with no remorse, taking her life as well. When he's taken by the Cenobites again, Frank languishes in a private hell and sends Kristy 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Jeeeeesuuuuuussss wept....."
  • 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.

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