How to watch Hellraiser movies in order

We’ve got such attractions to show you: it’s your guide to watching Hellraiser movies in order, whether you want to enjoy its big treats in release order or drink in chronological order.

Hellraiser is a franchise known to everyone, although only a few truly enjoy it. Pinhead, first embodied by Doug Bradley in the original 1987 film, is an iconic horror figure – he’s even one of the killers you can play in Dead by Daylight.

However, it’s easy to forget just how wacky and taboo the first film was compared to the later, conventional slasher film that dwindled even further into wastebasket obscurity. Even then, the legacy of the series prevailed.

Hellraiser will soon be back with a new reboot starring Jamie Clayton as the fearsome Cenobite. So, in preparation, here’s how you can watch all the Hellraiser movies in order, whether it’s by release order or chronologically.

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Doug Bradley as the original Pinhead.

Hellraiser films in release order

As always, viewing the franchise in release order is always the easiest – and, let’s be honest, the best – way. while they strongly vary in quality, here’s how to watch the Hellraiser movies in release order:

  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
  • Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996)
  • Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
  • Hellraiser: Hell Seeker (2002)
  • Hellraiser: Dead Man (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)
  • Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)
  • Hellraiser (2022)

The upcoming Hellraiser reboot is believed to take place outside of previous canon, and is set to release on Hulu on October 7, 2022. You can find out more about it here.

Hellraiser films in chronological order

Unlike the Saw franchise, which jumps and jumps and jumps all over the timeline with flashbacks and whatnot, watching Hellraiser in chronological order is pretty much the same as release order – almost, that’s the key word.

We’ll break it down in more detail for you, but first, here’s the list in chronological order:

  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
  • Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
  • Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996)
  • Hellraiser: Hell Seeker (2002)
  • Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
  • Hellraiser: Dead Man (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
  • Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)
  • Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)
  • Hellraiser (2022)

Spoiler alert for the Hellraiser franchise, obviously…

Hellraiser (1987)

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In the first Hellraiser movie, directed by Clive Barker himself, Frank (Sean Chapman) buys a mysterious puzzle box that opens a portal to the underworld and summons the Cenobites led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley).

Shortly thereafter, his brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and wife Julia (Claire Higgins) move into the old family home, where Julia finds a monstrous meaty version of Frank. Meanwhile, Larry’s daughter Kirsty (Ashley Lawrence) stumbles upon their assassination mission – and it’s still the same puzzle box, and things get pretty messy.

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)

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Lawrence returns as Kirsty in the second film, who has since been committed to a mental institution following the events of the first film.

However, the head physician (Kenneth Cranham), obsessed with the occult, not only calls on the Cenobites again, but also resurrects Julia – and we get to know Leviathan, “the god of flesh, hunger and desire … the Lord of the Labyrinth.” “.

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

Doug Bradley as PinheadMiramax films

Hellraiser 3 marks Pinhead’s initial transformation into a more conventional slasher villain. After being imprisoned in the statue in the second film, he manages to resurrect himself, turn several teenagers into cenobites, and go on a rampage in a nightclub.

Lawrence appears as Kirsty in a cameo on VHS, explaining how the puzzle box can send Pinhead back to Hell. Worth a look if only for the best Cenobite: CD.

Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996)

Doug Bradley as Pinhead in Hellraiser 4Miramax films

Bloodline is the last Hellraiser movie to hit the screens. It is considered a prequel and sequel that tells the origins of the Lamenting Configuration in 17th century France, and at some point jumps to the year 2127.

It does not feature any of the previous characters other than the Cenobites, but is still a direct continuation of the earlier films.

Hellraiser: Hell Seeker (2002)

Ashley Lawrence as Kirsty in Hellraiser HellseekerMiramax films

This is the only deviation from the release order: if you stick to the Hellraiser films in chronological order, you should really watch Hellseeker before Inferno, as Lawrence appears in the finale as Kirsty in it.

It hardly mentions any of the events that Kirsty went through in the first two films, but it revolves around the car accident with her and her husband Trevor (Dean Winters) and how the aftermath directly ties into the deal between Kirsty and Pinhead after so many years. . It’s pretty trite, but the plot is solid (on paper), and it was also the last time Barker made any input before the reboot.

Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)

Doug Bradley as Pinhead in HellraiserHome video size

We are now in the dark era of the Hellraiser. With the exception of the reboot, which has yet to be released so cannot be judged, the other films are mostly stand-alone stories created under the Hellraiser banner so the studio can keep the rights.

However, it was directed by Sinister and Black Phone’s Scott Derrickson and feels more like psychological horror. It follows a detective who finds a puzzle box at a crime scene and ends up in hell.

Hellraiser: Dead Man (2005)

Frame from Hellraiser DeaderMiramax films

Deader came at the height of the Rick Botha era, when the Hellraiser movies were being shot straight to video. It follows Amy (Kari Wuhrer), an investigative reporter on the trail of The Dead, who of course have the Cry Configuration. Even for a Hellraiser, it’s pretty grim.

Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

Doug Bradley as PinheadMiramax films

Hellworld is notable as it marks Doug Bradley’s final performance as Pinhead. It also has the most amazing 2005 storyline you can imagine.

This time, we’re following a group of young people who play Hellword, a video game based on the Hellraiser TV series, after one of their friends becomes so obsessed that he kills himself to give his soul to the Cenobites. Like the others, this movie wasn’t meant to be a Hellraiser movie, but it became one anyway.

Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

Stephan Smith Collins as PinheadDimension Extreme

In Revelations, two friends find the Lament Configuration, open it, and become the toy of Pinhead (played by Stephen Smith Collins) and his Cenobites.

This is the most extreme example of Dimension struggling to keep Hellraiser’s rights: Revelations was filmed in just a few weeks, shown in one theater and released on DVD.

Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)

Paul T. Taylor as PinheadLionsgate Films

It’s crazy to think that the last Hellraiser movie was only released four years ago. However, “Justice” is by far the strongest direct-to-DVD entry in the series.

It follows two detectives attempting to track down a serial killer terrorizing a city while Pinhead (played by Paul T. Taylor) struggles with developing technology that makes Cenobite methods more difficult. Don’t expect glossy production values, but the story expands knowledge in an amazing way.

Hellraiser (2022)

The Hellraiser reboot directed by Night Home’s David Bruckner tells how “a young woman struggling with addiction takes possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a group of sadistic supernatural beings from another dimension.”

According to Clive Barker, who returned to the franchise as a producer, it will “pay homage” to the original, but on a scale never seen before. It will also mark the debut of Jamie Clayton as Pinhead.

“After seeing some of the designs for David Bruckner’s new Hellraiser film, they pay homage to what was created in the first film, but then take it to places that have never been before,” he said, according to Variety.

To learn more about the Hellraiser reboot, click here.

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