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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH is easily one of the series best entries!
True this sequel really wasn't needed, much less necessary, since it's
story was pretty much all told & finished with HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER
II, but what is here makes for a highly enjoyable entry. Many fans of
the series have scoffed at this entry, since it is quiet different in
tone & execution from that of the first two films, but I found the new
direction in terms of it's story & execution to be a breath of fresh
air & at least made it not only different than most sequels, done to
popular horror franchises, but also thankfully refrains itself from
merely treading the same old grounds as it's predecessors. What's
interesting is how the film doesn't create new cenobites or new hells
as one would have thought, another sequel might explore, especially
since all the villains that populated the first two were all dead by
HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II's end, but rather just expands on the
originals story, relocating it from Britain to New York City (Although
it is never explained why the forces of darkness chose this location,
rather than staying where they were). The acting is strong here & the
characters were well thought out & interesting. The major stand out is
the character of J.P. MONROE, who bears a strong resemblance to the
character of Frank in the first two films. A man who's sexual lusts
knows no bounds, or can ever be satisfied & who is quiet a spiteful
character (he even betrayed & murdered his own parents in order to
obtain his vast wealth) in fact he even utters a line Frank uttered in
the original film: "Come To Daddy" as he tries to lure his naive
teenage girlfriend into his clutches, to use her as a intended
sacrifice to Pinhead. Speaking of Pinhead, he takes centre stage here &
is shown quiet a bit, wherein the first two entries saw his appearances
limned along with his followers. With the battle between him, Joey &
Pinhead's good side, Elliot Spencer, being the centrepiece of the film,
which makes HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH, a much more dualistic film
than the previous entries. I really enjoyed Bradley's performance here,
it's easily one of his best portrayals of Pinhead yet. You can tell he
is really having a fun time in the role. He delivers his sadistic one
liners with such unholy relish & sadistic glee that one almost
considers it a shame, how badly his character was misused, in a series
of increasingly mediocre sequels that were to follow. The direction by
ANTHONY HICKOX is really good, as he is able to deliver several cool
shots & captures the carnage that Pinhead & his cenobites unleash at
all the right angles. The kills are cool & the gore is nice & plentiful
& while Randy Miller's score is really good (We also get some of
Christopher Young's musical cues from the first two films as well) a
rock soundtrack mostly dominates the film, with MOTORHEADS "HELLRAISER"
rock song being a nice fit (Rocker OZZY OSBOURNE also assists with some
of the music). Another thing that a lot of fans didn't like was the
Cenobite creations, calling them silly, I disagree, I thought how they
were created was interesting, while it does disappointingly stray away
from the chain embedded in flesh like creations of the first two, each
cenobite is cleverly fashioned, based on their human indulgence & loves
in life, such as a bartender who mixed & lit cocktails is turned into a
fire breathing coenobite, a character who loved smoking has cigarettes
lodged in her hands & throat, a cameraman has a camera turned weapon
lodged in his head etc. The box itself here is no longer used as a key
to enter into the dark beyond, but rather serves (this time) as more of
a crucifix that would be used to ward off a vampire, as Pinhead seeks
to destroy it, an act that will leave him free to terrorize mankind for
all eternity. The film's budget is certainly bigger, not only is the
picture slicker looking, but also featured plenty of good chase scenes
& explosions. Thankfully the film doesn't make the mistake of it's
predecessor, by humanizing Pinhead & going to deep into a back story.
While does it does not ignore what happened in HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER
II, I consider it a feather in this film's cap, that it was able to
take that idea (which I never liked by the way, I felt it cheapened the
character & liked it best when in the original film, we assumed he was
a demon that had guarded & walked up & down hell for centuries) & make
All in all, I highly recommend HELLRAISER III, not only does it expand on the HELLRAISER mytho's, it takes this entry in a much fresher direction & while that could so easily have spelled disaster for the film, the great news is, it doesn't hinder the franchise at all. HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH is just a fun, popcorn monster movie, delivering plenty of great stunts, carnage, fun characters, interesting villains & most of the series trademarks to make fans happy. ASHLEY LAURENCE has a cameo appearance as Kirsty. Followed by HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE
I remembered this film to be very entertaining, but I just saw it a few days ago and it's not that great as I remembered. There's some pretty bad acting, and the direction is pretty bad too. It's very unintentionally funny, if you want some laughs and the gore and nudity are great! But the least of the series. NOTE : This film mainly focuses on Pinhead, one of the cinema's most freaky villains.
Though I haven't seen the original "Hellraiser" or its sequel "Hellbound:
Hellraiser 2" I can say this is fun, decent B-movie fare. However, I'm not
sure if this is one of those sequels that depends highly on the plight of
its predecessors. I saw the video in the discount bin and purchased it for
$4.88. What did I have to lose? The special effects are awesome. Doug
Bradley is good as Pinhead. The gorgeous Paula Marshall (who many probably
remember as the interviewer who found out about Jerry and George's alleged
gay secret on that great episode of "Seinfeld") is also in it. Man, man,
man, is she hot!! There are a few touches of humor. All in all, good
shallow entertainment and probably a delight for horror lovers.
My score: 7 (out of 10)
I picked this bad boy up on DVD, all I can say is I only wish I had seen it
before buying it. I had seen Hellraiser 1 & 2 before and thought that the
story was progressing fairly nicely until I watched this monstrosity.
The director of this movie took a new twist and made it more into a wide spread killing spree than the other films. I found that the bar scene was done tackily and that the effects were mediocre at best. The editing was well done and kept the story moving along nicely.
Overall I would say rent this one before buying it due to the fact that it's not everyone's cup of tea!
3 out of 5
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I just went back and watched first two before this one. What was Doug
Bradley thinking when he signed on to put Pinhead through this? There
are quite a lot of things wrong with this movie.
First off Pinhead is way to "humanized" in this one. He talks a lot which makes him more human and less demon from Hell. I also didn't like how it wasn't really Pinhead doing all the killings. It was just a shell of Spencer's former evil manifested on earth. I hated that. I couldn't believe it when it pointlessly started laughing during the club scene as well. Which brings me to my next points.
The movie was way to urban to be a Hellraiser movie. I didn't like it that it took place in a club a lot and in the city. Plus Pinhead and the cenobites were exposed to way to many people. What ever happened to the only people seeing them was the people that figured out the box? That took away a lot of mystery of them.
Next is all the pointless scenes of gore. I'm a big fan of gore, but the gore meant completely nothing in the movie as compared to the last ones. The club scene where Pinhead out of no where just kills a bunch of people is a shame.
They tried so hard to make Pinhead the anti-hero villain like Jason or Freddy eventually became, but by this time nobody was asking him to be the anti-hero. This was only the third movie. I didn't feel for anybody in the movie and they tried desperately to make people care about Pinhead for some reason.
Next up is the freakin cheesy new Cenobites. I'm sorry, but a fat bartender Cenobite isn't going to replace butterball Cenobite. WTF was up with the camera Cenobite and his one liners? I also had to chuckle at the CD Cenobite.
The pay off to the Spencer/Pinhead separation was done decent, but Spencer and Pinhead being separated really wasn't needed in the first place. Oh well it's rule that classic horror series must be turned into jokes.
In the end this movie was completely abysmal. Which there's not many movies that earn that title from me. Pinhead was elevated to the central character and humanized a lot, because of all the lines he had and his actions. The desperate attempt at making Pinhead the anti-hero villain didn't work for me.
The pay off to the Spencer/Pinhead separation was done decent, but Spencer and Pinhead being separated really wasn't needed in the first place. Part 4 actually seems good in comparison.
In the third installment of the Hellraiser series, we meet Joey (Terry
Farrell), a reporter waiting for a good story to boost her career. She
finds it in the ER when a guy is brought in, his body loaded with
hooks. He gets literally ripped while the doctors are trying to save
him. What is going on, she wonders. Her investigation leads her to
Terri (Paula Marshall), who brought the guy to the ER. Seems she found
the familiar puzzle box stuck in a stone pillar at her boyfriend J.P.'s
(Kevin Bernhardt)club, The Boiler Room. What they don't know is that
J.P. discovers Pinhead (Doug Bradley) encased in the pillar, and that
he is giving Pinhead victims so he can be released.
Joey finds out about Pinhead and about the man he used to be, Captain Spencer, who tells Joey that in order to release his soul and stop the bloodshed, Pinhead has to be sent back to Hell.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Released from the pillar, Pinhead causes quite a stir in the club. When Joey gets to the club, she meets Pinhead and his new Cennobite Crew. She soon runs for her life, being chased around town by Camerahead (Her friend), CD the DJ(Using CD's in an ugly way), and Barbie Cennobite (Making nasty cocktails).
This was a pretty good film in the series, and a cool new Cennobite crew. Nasty surprises throughout the film, and a great addition to the series.
It is clear that by the third movie Pinhead was being refashioned as a new Freddy Kruegger or Jason or Michael Meyers, and that the series could not sustain the morbid atmosphere of the first two flicks. Hence, we have a much more commercial film, with an all-out monster showdown at the end and some new cenobites that seem to have come straight off of Elm Street. No harm, no foul. Entertaining in a highly mindless way. The women are all sexy in an early 90s way. Interestingly enough, HELLRAISER III is the only one of the series I own on tape. Don't ask me why. I probably picked it up for $3 somewhere. The series has since run out of gas and been consigned to straight-to-video. As big a fan as I am of horror films and franchises, I don't think I have seen the last two or three in this series. I am also still holding off on LEPRECHAUN IN THE HOOD. And PUPPETMASTER IN SPACE. I still can't believe I rented JASON X. My eyes still haven't recovered.
In a genre founded on bad sequels, Hell on Earth is one of the worst. After the first two Hellraiser movies developed a powerful mythology, It's all flushed down the toilet in the third movie, apparently to create a franchise in a marketplace dominated by fantastic lead characters. Pinhead does not make a Freddy Krueger, however, and all that happens in this movie is the tearing down of Clive Barker's fantastic world, throwing all of the previous personality and character of it's denizens out the window.
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Rich and entitled JP mistakes one of the pillars of souls (which
includes a puzzle cube) as a work of art, and purchases it. Clever lad.
Joey is a junior reporter who is discouraged that she is not getting good stories to cover. Then she witnesses a man being destroyed by what looks like a cenobite attack. So who would believe her? Her only clue is Terri, who might be one of JP's girl friends. Terri kept the cube that the dead man broke out of the pillar of souls that JP bought.
JP gets bit by a rat hiding in the hold in the pillar of souls. His blood is absorbed by the Pinhead part of the sculpture.
Terri welcomes Joey's interest in the case, and helps her dig into the art world and nightlife that JP inhabits. They find a connection to the Channard institute from the second film.
While JP entertains a new girl he's picked up, Pinhead shows signs of waking up. The next morning, Pinhead absorbs the girlfriend into the pillar of souls, and Pinhead becomes able to talk to JP about their mutual interests. JP is repelled and quite curious at the same time. He tries to lure Terri back to get further along in the game with Pinhead. She decides to return to the familiar, in spite of everything. JP tries to feed her to Pinhead, but Terri turns the tables on him.
Pinhead's human side contacts Joey via television (hokey moment there) asking for help.
How does Terri do against the resurrected cenobite Pinhead? Will Joey get any traction helping the human side of Pinhead? Will the open doorway for the cenobites be closed again?
Cinematography: 5/10 Netflix, oi. Netflix streamed this film in 1.33 aspect, despite the fact that the film was shot in 1.85. This means visual information was literally cut off.
Sound: 8/10 Music was composed for the film by Randy Miller, plus music from a number of rock acts was included. Some of the club scene 'live' music was pretty good.
Acting: 4/10 I liked Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: DS9, but not so much here. To make it worse, the movie made a poor attempt to convert the actress into being a blonde. Doug Bradley was fine as usual. Paula Marshall I could have done without. Kevin Bernhardt showed all the talent of a bad high school actor.
Screenplay: 2/10 The character Terri could knock out JP with one short jab? Give me a break. There's a whole lot less here in terms of story and motivation than in the first two. The feeling of suspense, menace, and what-happens-next was considerably less. The carnage at the club was less affecting than the more personal horrors in the first and second films.
SFX: 3/10 Very little special here. Explosions for the sake of explosions is just the opposite of convincing. Some of the special FX were just stop action with very few stops.
Faithfully following in the footsteps of its predecessors, 'Hellraiser
III' overdoses on the gooey make-up at the expense of a plot. Despite a
dearth of decent performances, scares and atmosphere, and the inclusion
of a chestnut as old as an unplugged TV that still works, this is
probably the best one.
Reporter Terry Farrell investigates a strange death in a hospital and comes across the puzzle box (still a great design) and of course Doug Bradley's Pinhead, who is trapped inside a plastic sculpture and using a nightclub owner to supply him with fresh victims. Bradley delivers his lines with conviction but there's nothing he can do about their poor quality; no, writers, nothing he says is deep and meaningful, it's just laughable. Director Anthony Hickox seems to think that Pinhead just standing there is effect enough, but he's wrong.
It's all rather silly, and watching people screaming after their skin has been torn off or a spike has been driven into their head puts you off your popcorn a bit. It's one gory effect after another with no real impact beyond 'yuk'.
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