A shady businessman attempts to piece together the details of the car crash that killed his wife and rendered him an amnesiac-- and left him in possession of a sinister puzzle box that summons monsters.
Thomas Abberton wants to be a famous surgeon, to heal people, to be able to give the gift of life. Unfortunately he's also very unstable. A mysterious stranger sells him a device to summon ... See full summary »
Steve Michael Martin,
It's the year 2127. Pinhead, the evil cenobite of the series, has found himself on board a space station in outer space, run by scientist Dr.Merchant. Dr. Merchant's mission is to close the gates to hell forever. Because his ancestor, a toymaker in the 18th century, built the evil puzzlebox that opens the gates to hell. And through the generations, the family of the bloodline has tried to stop it. But now, Dr.Merchant has built the reverse box. The box that will close the gates to hell instead of opening it. Written by
Walt Disney Pictures came under fire in the media when they purchased the then controversial and hip Miramax Films. The initial slate of films that Miramax would be releasing under the Disney deal included Hellraiser: Bloodline, Scream, The Prophecy, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Mother's Boys. The outcry was due to the fact that the House of Mouse would be directly involved in the marketing and release of horror movies. See more »
"Air conditioning" is misspelled as "air conditionioning" on the floor plans reviewed by the twin security guards around halfway through the movie. See more »
[Parker is surveying the scrap of the robot used to open the Lament Configuration]
What the hell is this?
The remnants of a most unsatisfying victim. Still... you're here to change all that... aren't you?
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The end credits have the "Filmed in Panavision" moniker, suggesting the film was shot in cinema-scope (2.35:1), however the film was shot in flat (1.85:1) ratio. The end credit was more than likely meant to read "Filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses". See more »
After reading some of the reviews, I had to laugh. Some people thought the film was "too dark" or "the deaths weren't entertaining, and too cruel"?!!! Well, guess what fellas, the whole point is the film is supposed to be dark, its about personal hell! And since when has flesh being pulled apart by hooks not been cruel, anyway?!!!
Anyway, I digress. The film itself, acting aside, is rather good. After the atrocity that was Hell On Earth, the series returned to a standard that is watchable again. (Hell on Earth without doubt the worst in the series, adding nothing in terms of story, and the new cenobites purely laughable...but that's a different review). The idea of the history of the box, why it was created and the level of Pinhead cruelty all beautifully portrayed. OK, there is a hint of James Cameron here, almost Alien-esque, but that adds the claustrophobia that went sadly missing in the previous film. The addition of Angelique was a nice touch (very nice!). At least the plot was working well, and it did kind of finalise the series.
Well worth seeing, and certainly better, darker and more twisted than the hollywood back-shafting of the third in the series.
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