A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.
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
The last "Hellraiser" movie to get an theatrical release. See more »
In a drawing room, as a secretary tells Merchant a lady is there to see him, there is a man in a gray suit working behind Merchant at a desk. In between shots, as Merchant is turning his head, the man goes from being at the desk to walking off screen to the left. See more »
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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