In Hellraiser(1987) ,

  • Why are Frank's last words "Jesus wept"?
  • Is there any other religious significance?
  • Does this come up in any other Hellraiser movies?
  • Which version of Hellraiser, because there are a whole bunch of them
    – Ivo Flipse
    Dec 30, 2011 at 15:53
  • This question is about the first Hellraiser movie.
    – divided
    Jan 3, 2012 at 16:55
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    According to imdb, the line was scripted as "f*ck you" but the actor suggested (in another account, ad-libbed) "Jesus wept" instead. So I'd say there is no real significance to it. Apr 28, 2016 at 5:39

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To the last point: "Jesus Wept" is a typically British and Irish Catholic expression and is now somewhat archaic in use (my grandparents would have said it a lot but younger people not so much). It is apparently the shortest sentence in the bible - see Wikipedia article - and is something short and easily memorable.

It's origin is from the story of Lazarus dying, before his resurrection, when Christ cried over the loss of his friend showing his humanity.

In actual usage, it has several meanings depending on context but is most commonly another way of saying: "Oh, for God's sake" or something along those lines.

  • Kind of like how "holy crap" has no actual religious connotation. Apr 6, 2017 at 13:52

In regards to your first question, if you're referring to the first movie, which is taken directly from Clive Barker, then there is no religious connection at all. The Cenobites are just crazy S&M freaks from another dimension.

Your second question depends on context, which as Ivo already alluded to in his comment, there's a bunch of different Hellraisers. Barker lost control of his concept and it's been given the business by a number of different sources.

Looks like Captain Toad has already answered the third question!

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