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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

An investigative reporter must send the newly unbound Pinhead and his legions back to Hell.

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Anthony Hickox

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Clive Barker (characters), Peter Atkins (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bernhardt ... J.P. Monroe / Pistonhead Cenobite
Lawrence Mortorff Lawrence Mortorff ... Bum
Terry Farrell ... Joanne 'Joey' Summerskill
Ken Carpenter ... Daniel 'Doc' Fisher / Camerahead Cenobite
Sharon Hill ... Blond Nurse
Paula Marshall ... Terri / Skinless Sandy / Dreamer Cenobite
Robert C. Treveiler ... Paramedic 1 (as Rob Treveiler)
Christopher Frederick Christopher Frederick ... Paramedic 2
Lawrence Kuppin Lawrence Kuppin ... Derelict
Sharon Percival Sharon Percival ... Brittany Virtue
Philip Hyland Philip Hyland ... Brad
David Young ... Bill the Bouncer
Brent Bolthouse ... CD the DJ
Peter Atkins Peter Atkins ... Rick the Barman / Barbie Cenobite
Paul Coleman ... Soldier 1 (as Paul Vincent Coleman)
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Storyline

Pinhead is stuck in a block after the Big Confrontation in "Hellbound," The block containing Pinhead and the puzzle cube is bought by a young playboy as sculpture. Pinhead busies himself escaping by getting the playboy to lure victims to his presence so he can use their blood. Once free, he seeks to destroy the puzzle cube so he need never return to Hell, but a female reporter is investigating the grisly murders and stands in his way. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

What began in Hell, will end on Earth. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellraiser 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,534,961
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Runtime:

(extended) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Universal Pictures were in negotiation with the producers to pick the film up and give the picture a Halloween 1992 release, but a deal could not be made. Ultimately the newly-formed Dimension Films successfully picked up the film. See more »

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When Joey bursts into the ER room, she witnesses a patient's head explode. As she staggers out however the patient can be seen lying on the gurney with his head very much intact. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bum: [referring to the Pillar of Souls] You want it?
J.P. Monroe: [laughs] Is it yours?
Bum: No. Not mine. Yours.
J.P. Monroe: How much you want for it?
Bum: Whatever you think it's worth.
[receives money]
Bum: Exactly the figure I had in mind. Take pleasure in it.
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Referenced in Hellbound: Hellraiser II - Lost in the Labyrinth (2000) See more »

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I Feel Like Steve
Performed by Electric Love Hogs
Lyrics by John Feldmann
Music by Electric Love Hogs
Published by Unfriendly Music
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Needed More... Though, Not A Bad Film...
7 March 2018 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Here's part three of the Hellraiser Saga... Once again this continues from where the last film ended, though it's a looser connection. The battle between Pinhead (Bradley) and his original human self, Captain Elliott Spencer, allowed him to break free of hells shackles. Entrapped in a monolith, he is awoken by Sandy (Leigh), when an accidental cut splashes blood on his stone features. Revealing himself to JP Monroe (Bernhardt), an unscrupulous womanising club owner, Pinhead makes a deal to free himself from his confines and to help JP to achieve his dreams...

This leads to lots of twists and turns in the storyline as you know you can't trust a daemon. The only thing which stands in his way is an aspiring investigative reporter, Joanne "Joey" Summerskill (Farrell), who's investigating the gory and violent murders which are appearing in the city.

The first thing that becomes evident is the amount of budget available for this film. Instead of being kept within the confines of a house or a hospital, now we're out in New York City. Penthouses, apartments, clubs, restaurants, ally's and streets. The locations are so much bigger. This is good, as it gives scope for a larger story with more hellish violence and gore... and it nearly delivers. Nearly, because the scene where the Cenobites finally take to the streets is actually underwhelming. What was required were a few more Cenobites and quite a few more victims, both pedestrians and police. It's nice to have explosions... I just wanted more.

The acting is okay, Bradley still stands out and is excellent as Pinhead. Farrell does a good job as the reporter. However, it's Bernhardt and Marshall, who plays Terri, who have their bouts of woodenness. The direction too is quite different from the first two, gone are the artistic and atmospheric lighting for a more natural feel. This is okay, but the film does lose a little of its mood and spirit, which added strength to the first two movies. I can understand the need for doing this. If you expand the daemons universe to include a lot more of reality then it stands to reason to get that feeling across would be to lose the more imaginative aspects of the filmmaking. That said there are still quite a few iconic shots, such as the entrance of Pinhead at the club and later in the church, and nicely thought out camera shots and angles.

Though I didn't find it as good as the first films it's still as enjoyable, though for different reasons... and as Pinhead would attain, variety is the spice of life.

Another good thing is that this film actually works as a stand-alone, you only need a vague idea about the previous stories; whereas, Hellbound actually made you feel as though you should have watched the first film before viewing. So for that reason, I would recommend this to all horror fans and newbies alike. This is a well written, structured, and acted film... which has its fair share of tension, fear, and suspense.


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