Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R  |   |  Horror  |  11 September 1992 (USA)
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An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Mortorff ...
Sharon Ceccatti ...
Blond Nurse (as Sharon Hill)
Paramedic 1 (as Rob Treveiler)
Christopher Frederick ...
Paramedic 2
Lawrence Kuppin ...
Sharon Percival ...
Philip Hyland ...
David Young ...
Bill the Bouncer
Peter Atkins ...
Soldier 1 (as Paul Vincent Coleman)


Pinhead is stuck in a block after the Big Confrontation in "Hellbound," The block containing Pinhead and the puzzle cube is bought by a young playboy as sculpture. Pinhead busies himself escaping by getting the playboy to lure victims to his presence so he can use their blood. Once free, he seeks to destroy the puzzle cube so he need never return to Hell, but a female reporter is investigating the grisly murders and stands in his way. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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What began in Hell, will end on Earth. See more »



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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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11 September 1992 (USA)  »

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Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$12,534,961 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Bum: [referring to the Pillar of Souls] You want it?
J.P. Monroe: [laughs] Is it yours?
Bum: No. Not mine. Yours.
J.P. Monroe: How much you want for it?
Bum: Whatever you think it's worth.
[receives money]
Bum: Exactly the figure I had in mind. Take pleasure in it.
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Performed by Triumph
Music and Lyrics by Gil Moore, Mike Levine & Mladen
Produced by Triumph & Noel Golden
Published by Tritunes Music & Trisong Music
Courtesy of Victory Music
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Good, but the beginning of the series' downfall
13 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The films 'Hellraiser' and 'Hellbound: Hellraiser II,' weren't like anything ever seen before. They were doors into new worlds. The end of II was an open ending, so it seemed only natural that more sequels come, and 4 years later we got one. But something had changed, and not necessarily for the better. It was decided that Pinhead, otherwise known as the Lead Cenobite, would be the villain and given more to do this time around. On top of that a big studio, in this case Paramount, would be the new distributor and we all know what can happen sometimes when a big studio gets involved. If I'm making it sound like I hate 'Hellraiser III,' I don't, but like other fans I feel this is where the series began to lose it.

Pros: Pace moves right along. Good performances, the standout being Paula Marshall. The urban setting is a nice change of scenery. An OK score that mixes some classic 'Hellraiser' themes with some new stuff. Some really good special and visual effects. The war scenes are well done. Some excellent set pieces, my personal fave being the one in the club. Some pretty neat new Cenobites.

Cons: No real surprises or much we haven't already seen. Though Doug Bradley does a good job as both Pinhead and Captain Elliot Spencer, the fact that Pinhead is made the villain and given more screen time does make him a bit less scary and mysterious. The final confrontation is kind of disappointing.

Final thoughts: Though not at all a bad film, this second sequel to Clive Barker's ground breaking film is a step down from it's predecessors. As I said there's not much here fans haven't already seen and both Pinhead and the film are pretty much on the same level as other movie monsters of the time, which was never the idea. But still it's fun, has some style, and is far more interesting than some of the other sequels.

My rating: 3.5/5

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