Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror movie. It was written and directed by Clive Barker and based on a novella, The Hellbound Heart, which Barker himself had written.
The movie was a box office success. It was made on an estimated budget of only $1,000,000 and earned more than $14,000,000 at movie theaters in the United States.
Hellraiser was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. It was originally banned in Iceland.
The movie introduces four recurring Cenobites seen throughout the Hellraiser series: the leader Pinhead and his entourage - Chatterer, Butterball, and the Female Cenobite.
Frank Cotton buys a puzzle box from a dealer in Morocco. In a bare room, Frank solves the puzzle. Hooked chains then emerge from the puzzle box and rip at Frank's flesh. The room is later filled with swinging chains with some of the remnants of Frank's body on them. Somebody in a black robe picks up the puzzle box and puts it back as it was before; the room also returns to its normal state.
Larry Cotton, Frank's brother, decides to move into his childhood home, hoping to rebuild his difficult relationship with his second wife, Julia. Before marrying Larry, Julia had had an affair with Frank. It is obvious to Larry that Frank has recently been in the abandonded house. Larry assumes that his brother has fled from the authorities. Kristy, Larry's teenage daughter, has chosen not to live with her stepmother and has moved into her own home.