Through 2011, a total of 9
Hellraiser movies had been released in this franchise,
two of which were released in the 80ís (1987 and 1988).
The movie series was based on a short novel written by
Clive Barker titled The Hellbound Heart.
Although the movie received mixed reviews (Stephen liked
it, but Ebert did not), it was profitable enough at the
theatre to warrant all those sequels.
Focusing on the original movie, it starts
out with a guy name Frank Cotton buying a puzzle box,
called the Lamont Configuration, that ends up killing
him after he solves it in his childhood home. Frank
purchased the puzzle after being told that solving it
would open up a new world of sensory sexual experience
to whoever solved it. In reality, when the puzzle was
solved, the gates of hell opened up and an evil creature
named Pinhead, and his band of evil Cenobites, were
summoned to exorcise their brand of sadomasochism. The
puzzle solver would then be transported to their realm.
With the help of his twin brotherís wife,
Frank is able to escape from the Cenobite realm by
consuming the blood of others, and Frankís sister-in-law
manages to bring horny dudes to the house, where Frank
kills them and feeds on them. When Frankís niece
(Kristy) learns what is going on, she takes the puzzle
box, solves it, and learns the Cenobites considered
themselves to be neither angels nor demons, but instead
explorers of carnality. They Cenobites agree to allow
Kristy to remain in the land of the living, in exchange
for Frank. In the end, Frank is killed again by the
Cenobites, and Kristy barely escapes. However, the
Lamont Configuration puzzle box is taken by a winged
beast so that it can be sold again (and we could have