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Director Clive Barker
Runtime 94 mins
Country UK
Language English
Rating Australia:MA (cable)
Australia:M (cut)
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario)
Canada:13+ (Qu├ębec)
Canada:18A (Alberta)
USA:R (certificate #28562)
Genre Horror/Fantasy
Year of Release 1987
DVD Release Date September 26, 2000
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Clive Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature—the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover—hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body ... but the Cenobites won't be happy about this.

There are a total of 8 films in the series, the latest was released in 2005.


  • It took six hours to place Doug Bradley into the Pinhead makeup.
  • The film's original title was "Sadomasochists From Beyond The Grave."
  • At the time of the movie's release, the MPAA had an agenda on "intensity of tone." As a result of this, director Clive Barker had to make several cuts to his film: consecutive hammer blows, fingers entering flesh, S&M spanking between Julia and Frank, additional "thrusts" during the sex scene, all with the intention of watering down the overall impact of the piece.
  • Doug Bradley's character's name wasn't "Pinhead." He was just named "Lead Cenobite," but was given the name shortly after the film started.
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