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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.


Anthony Hickox


Peter Atkins (original story by), Tony Randel (original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bernhardt ... J.P. Monroe
Lawrence Mortorff Lawrence Mortorff ... Bum
Terry Farrell ... Joey Summerskill
Ken Carpenter ... Doc / Camerahead
Sharon Hill ... Blond Nurse
Paula Marshall ... Terri
Robert C. Treveiler ... Paramedic 1 (as Rob Treveiler)
Christopher Frederick Christopher Frederick ... Paramedic 2 (as Chris Frederick)
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
Paul Coleman Paul Coleman ... Soldier 1 (as Paul Vincent Coleman)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He'll offer you the heights of ecstasy, but you'll spend eternity in the depths of hell. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Peter Atkins: Both Rick the Barman and his Cenobite alter ego Barbie. See more »


(at around 1h 14 mins) When Pinhead is in the church, he stands behind the table, and the candle to the right of him is straight. He then pushes the cross off the front, look at the candle, it is now on a slant then in a split second the candle is straight again as if it had never been touched. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

Some rare bootleg versions are said to contain much more graphic violence during the gruesome slaughter at The Boiler Room. There is also extra dialogue and a flashback from several years earlier in which we see Elliot purchase the Lament Configuration at an Indian bazaar. See more »


Featured in Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992) See more »


Performed by Triumph
Produced by Triumph & Noel Golden
Music and Lyrics by Gil Moore, Mike Levine & Mladen
Published by Tritunes Music & Trisong Music
Courtesy of Victory Music
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Pinhead meets Freddy.
8 September 2003 | by jaywolfenstienSee all my reviews

With that `clever' subtitle, how could this film suck?

Enter the mistake all horror films with on screen villains make: because the heroine dies and/or moves on to other projects, the villain moves to the spotlight. This is an even more fatal blow to Hellraiser because Pinhead never was meant to be in the spotlight, have too many lines, and this series was not meant to be a slasher.

Ooh, I know, since Hellbound: Hellraiser II made the mistake of pulling off a tolerable explanation let's correct that mistake and explain it to death! Let's go into more detail about pinhead and the box and set us up for Hellraiser: Bloodline with 90 minutes of backstory and no story for itself!

I really don't have much else to say and don't think I need to say much else. Ashley Lawrence isn't the only one abandoning ship on this one (no, the 10 second cameo doesn't count), Chris Young also disappears on us. The concepts of the first two films go away, and we have Pinhead moving to Elm Street with his band of `clever' new cenobites. This is hardly an ambitious move for any horror franchise, especially for Hellraiser. I mean, don't we have enough ominous unstoppable killing machines wandering around the horror aisles at your local rental place? At least Jeepers Creepers did some things differently.

All the latter Hellraisers get points for ambition. #3 is just mediocre slasher with Cenobites and a box. It's not necessarily the worst in the series, but damn it's the most boring . . .

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Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Greensboro, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,208,009, 13 September 1992

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