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Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)

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A shady businessman attempts to piece together the details of the car crash that killed his wife, rendered him an amnesiac, and left him in possession of a sinister puzzle box that summons monsters.

Director:

Rick Bota

Writers:

Clive Barker (characters), Carl V. Dupré (as Carl Dupre) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Winters ... Trevor
Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty Cotton Gooden
Doug Bradley ... Pinhead / Merchant (as Doug Bradley/Charles Stead)
Rachel Hayward ... Allison
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Gwen (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Jody Thompson ... Tawny
Kaaren de Zilva ... Sage (as Kaaren De Silva)
William S. Taylor ... Detective Lange
Michael J Rogers ... Detective Givens (as Michael Rogers)
Trevor White ... Bret
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Ambrose (as Ken Camroux)
Dale Wilson ... Chief Surgeon
Gus Lynch Gus Lynch ... Boyfriend
Kyle Cassie ... Paramedic
Alec Willows ... Janitor
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Storyline

Kirsty Cotten is now grown up and married to Trevor Gooden. Her memory of the events that took place back at her parent's home and the mental institution have dimmed, but she is still traumatized. One fateful day, the two get into a fatal car crash, killing Kirsty. Now, Trevor finds himself in a strange world full of sexy women, greed and murder, making him believe he may be in hell. He follows the clues all the way to Pinhead. Written by btrocksyoursocks

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Evil. Deadly. Immortal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellraiser VI See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(DVD)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The uncredited coworker who interrupts Trevor and Bret at the water cooler was referred to by director Rick Bota as a "$10,000 extra." Labor laws of British Columbia forbade directors from directly instructing non-speaking extras - all orders had to be conveyed through the assistant director - and after Bota told the man to play the scene differently, the man was due a few thousand dollars in compensation. See more »

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When Trevor is "giving himself in" to Sage, she is lying on top of him even though only moments before he had several acupuncture needles in his stomach. See more »

Quotes

Pinhead: All problems solved? Not so simple, I'm afraid.
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Pre-credits title: "There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery." - Dante Alighieri See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features a deleted extended scene between Kirsty and Pinhead. The extension includes Pinhead talking to Kirsty about Julia, Uncle Frank, and Larry, as well as showing more footage of the Chatterer, Bound, Stitch, and Surgeon Cenobites. See more »

Connections

Followed by Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Backwards Kyrie
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Edwards (as Steve Edwards)
Courtesy Source In Sync Music, LLC
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Flawed mess
2 February 2012 | by chaugnurfaugn-269-83012See all my reviews

Other reviewers (at least the ones I read) must have watched a different movie to me. What I saw was certainly an effort at originality, and yes, it was better than some of the other sequels to the franchise, but that said it was still a below par screenplay, borrowing heavily from other, cleverer, more original films.

Ironically Hellraiser:Hellseeker shares some of the same flawed plot concepts as the movie it borrows most heavily from: Jacob's Ladder. There's the same two tier story running consecutively and along different, mysterious time-lines, both of which fail utterly to fuse into a single coherent time-line at the end of the film. There's the same solipsist nightmare: how can one truly discern between reality and dreams when the dream state feels as 'real' as reality itself? The second movie from which Hellseeker shamelessly borrows is Angel Heart, a masterpiece of cinematic horror featuring Mickey Rourke before his face went to hell (as a result of high living, screwed up plastic surgery and boxing, not Pinhead) and Robert DeNiro. Where Angel Heart is innovative, Hellseeker is simply repetitive and boring. Where Mickey Rourke excels as the confused protagonist in Angel Heart, Dean Winters sleep-walks his way through the role in Hellseeker, and where DeNiro gets all the best lines, poor Pinhead gets some of the most forgettable I've ever heard him utter.

Granted, compared with the other Hellraiser sequels (all bar Hell on Earth, which I have to say I enjoyed more than I or II) this tries something different, and maybe with a better lead role there'd be something there worthy of a couple more stars. But ultimately the confused mess of a plot destroys itself, irrespective of Winters' deadpan portrayal.

I give this rubbish one star for effort and one for the inclusion of Ashley Laurence who, lets face it, should really be above all this by now. Another star for Doug Bradley as Pinhead who never fails to send chills down my spine with his black 8-ball eyes and his tendency to drag nine inch nails out of his own skull.

Ultimately though, Doug needs to share that last star with Clive Barker without whom the world would be a much duller place.


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