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,
In this ninth installment of the Hellraiser franchise, two friends discover a puzzle box in Mexico, which opens a gateway to Hell. Before long, dermatological nightmare Pinhead has returned... See full summary »
Troubled young Priest Father Farrell returns to deserted house that cost his friends their lives nearly 20 years ago. Plagued by guilt, flashbacks and curiosity, Father Farrell attempts to ... See full summary »
In London, after investigating crack addicted junkies for an article in her newspaper, the journalist Amy Klein watches a bizarre videotape. Her editor Charles Richmond received the footage of an underground group of youngsters in Bucharest apparently becoming zombies through the power of their leader Winter from a member, Marla, and invites Amy to prepare the story. Amy accepts the challenge, and once in Romania, she finds Marla dead with a puzzle cube in her hands. She brings the object to her hotel room, and opens it, beginning her journey to hell. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The original script by Neal Marshall Stevens had nothing to do with the Hellraiser mythos, but when it was decided that this would be a Hellraiser sequel, Tim Day drastically re-wrote the script, including an almost entirely new third act and plot and making the character of Winter a descendant of the toymaker Lemarchand. See more »
When Amy unlocks the gate she only unlocks the lock without removing the lock itself and gets right through with a push even though we can see the chains wrapped around it multiple times. After she walks through, we can see that there are now no chains or lock on the gate at all. See more »
It's not a case of lucky number seven for the Hellraiser series.
Journalist Amy Klein (Kari Wuhrer) likes to live life on the edge, taking assignments that offer her danger and excitement; when she is given the opportunity to track down a bizarre cult in Romania, who are allegedly able to bring the dead back to life, she happily hops on the first plane from London to Bucharest (where, as it so happens, horror films can also be made on the cheap).
Not long after her arrival, Amy tracks down the apartment of Marla (Georgina Rylance), one of the cult's members, where she finds the girl's dead body clutching a strange puzzle box. A video tape made by Marla warns Amy not to open the box, but the intrepid reporter doesn't listen and winds up having to face her demons (both metaphorically and literally)...
Directed by Rick Bota, who also made Hellseeker (the previous film in the franchise), Deader is, for the most part, a confusing load of twaddle largely thanks to a script that was never originally intended to be part of the Hellraiser franchise, but which was adapted to accommodate the Lament Configuration, Pinhead and his Cenobite pals.
To his credit, Bota does what he can with the resultant mess, actually managing to deliver a couple of surprisingly well-staged scenesAmy trying to reach past Marla's corpse to get to a package, and Amy waking to discover that she has a knife buried in her backbut despite these memorable moments, some reasonable gore and a smattering of gratuitous nudity (including brief toplessness from Wuhrer), the film as a whole still continues the gradual downward slide for the series.
4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for IMDb.
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