Earth has been silenced, and mankind eradicated by one final war. Now in the bowels of Hell, Pinhead - leader of the Cenobites - finds himself bored, tortured by his own immortality, and facing the fear that his own dark legion will eventually turn upon him. The only thing left to do? The last possible slice of sensation he can experience? To open the puzzle box himself.
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Gary J. Tunnicliffe,
Mike J. Regan,
Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
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
A couple of the drawings/paintings on the editors office walls are actual works by Clive Barker. See more »
Amy fakes out Winter and stabs the knife into the table next to the bed, the table holding The Puzzle Box. At first the blade is turned away from Amy, the next shot of the knife shows the blade is turned toward Amy. Then, as she grabs The Puzzle Box off of the table, the knife blade is turned away from Amy. See more »
Confused plotting and incomprehensibility, half-heartedly depicted by bland directing and bad acting.
Believe it or not, "Hellraiser: Deader" (2005) surprised me at first for being unexpectedly good for the seventh film in a franchise. We've got a detailed, original, creative horror story setup, we've got some quite good makeup effects, and we've got Romania as a great atmospheric location. I was having a good time.
Just past the halfway mark, however, this movie descended into confused plotting and incomprehensibility, half-heartedly depicted by bland directing and bad acting. (The lead actress here illustrates for us that not every pretty girl can be an Oscar contender.) Fans of the franchise take note this is only a putative "Hellraiser" movie. The iconic "Pinhead" makes a couple of perfunctory appearances; the other "Cenobites" appear once, I think, in background. A quick check of Wikipedia confirmed my suspicion this was originally a standalone horror movie script, into which these characters were inserted (and pretty tenuously in terms of plot). Clive Barker had no creative involvement whatsoever.
I'd give this movie a 3 out of 10 for an interesting first half, and I'd recommend you skip it.
You know what? Go watch "From Within" (2008). That's a good horror yarn that gets too little press.
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