Black SplatHellraiser (1987)

"We’ll tear your soul apart."

Hellraiser - Pinhead with puzzle box

Description: Promise of a demon called a Cenobite in Wes Craven's horror flick Hellraiser (1987).

When a young woman named Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) experiments with a mystical puzzle box, created by an 18th toymaker for the Marque de Sade, it accidentally opens a doorway to another dimension.

“You solved the box. We came. Now, you must come with us,” announces a hideous demon (Doug Bradley) whose head is pricked with pins. The box in question “opens doors...doors to the pleasure of Heaven or Hell.”

Upon seeing the demons, Kristy says, "Oh Shit! and then asks, "Who are you?" The leader of the demons replies, "Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others."

To save herself from the foreboding creatures, Kristy confesses she knows that her Uncle Frank (Sean Chapman) had escaped their domain and that she would exchange his recapture for her release. Their leader (Pinhead) agrees but warns her if she is lying, they will “Tear her soul part.”

Hellraiser - A gaggle of Cenobites

In the meantime, Uncle Frank has killed his brother, Larry (Andrew Robinson), and his unfaithful wife, Julia (Clare Higgins) who aided in Frank’s resurrection from the dead. When Frank escaped from hell, his hideous, tortured torso needed to consume blood to regain his human form and so he set about killing residents of the house.

In the end, the Cenobites tear into Frank’s flesh with grappling hooks and drag him back to the torments of their netherworld. Turning next to the girl, Pinhead ominously confides, “We have such sights to show you.”

Luckily, Kristy manipulates the puzzle box correctly and sends Pinhead back to his world as she screams, “Go to Hell!”

The box is reclaimed by a demon (disguised as a vagrant) and placed for sale in a market place for the next unsuspecting victim to discover its secret. The words “What’s your pleasure?” are spoken by a salesman just as the film ends.

In Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Kristy Cotton is taken to a psychiatric unit after the death of her family and sees a vision of her father, and the message, “I am in Hell. Help me!” Hoping to rescue her father, Kristy enters the kingdom of the Cenobites.

The film opens with Pinhead sighing, “Ah, the suffering, the sweet, sweet suffering," and later continues, “We have eternity to know your flesh”; and “Your suffering will be legendary, even in hell.”

In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Pinhead and evil minion reappear to spread their message of pain, and so it is up to an investigative reporter to send them back to hell. The movie tagline: "He'll offer you the heights of ecstasy, but you'll spend eternity in the depths of hell." To a man named Joey, Pinhead says, "I will enjoy making you bleed. And I will enjoy making you enjoy it."

In the fourth installment Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996), Dr.Merchant (Bruce Ramsely), a 22nd century descendant of the toymaker who created the puzzle box that opens the gate of hell, has devised a reverse box, one that will permanently close the gates of hell forever. Of course, Pinhead and his Cenobites don't like the idea. But at the end of the film, Dr. Mrchant sends the farewell message “Welcome to Oblivion” as Pinhead is destroyed in a massive dimensional space explosion.

In one scene of the film, Pinhead appears to two gun-toting security guards and informs them, “Pain has a face. Allow me to show it to you. I am...Pain.” Suddenly, out of nowhere, two halves of a metal facemask appears on either side of the confused men. The masks squeeze their faces together, crushing and merging their two skulls into one form.

Note: In the film Evil Dead II (1997) a demon yells, “I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul!” The hero of the movie Ash (Bruce Campbell) points a shotgun at the demon‘s head and says, “Swallow this!”

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