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 word Cenobite means a member of a monastic order. See more »
In the scene where Amy grabs the envelope and the box from the "dead" woman in the bathroom, she takes the box from the woman's left hand and puts it in her bag. When the woman "awakens" you see Amy jump away. The scene then cuts to the woman in the bathroom and she is still holding the box in her left hand after it was supposedly removed. See more »
Amy Klein (Kari Wuhrer), a adventurous and easygoing investigative journalist, who just loves diving head-first into stories dealing with lust, prostitution, sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, gets sent by her editor to Romania to find out more about the Deader cult led by the mysterious Winter (Paul Rhys). It is claimed that he can bring back the dead and offer eternal life. Amy naturally is inclined to unravel the truth...
Director Rick Bota has a second go at the Hellraiser universe after the decent Hellseeker try. Results vary as it is definitely nicely made, but tries to make the series too 'cool' for its own good. Full of rad characters with crazy hairdos, weird lusts and a train full of degenerates it tries to fill the void creating by a lacklustre script.
And if the characters don't take away your attention from the sub-par script the director's best bet at doing that is giving Kari Wuhrer as much screen time as humanly possible. Kari Wuhrer is the ultimate eye-candy, she is ravishing and beautiful, so the male populace viewing the movie should be visually satisfied, especially since she does show a bit of flesh. Unfortunately for Kari the focus on her character also brings out any acting flaws and although for the most part she holds up well in a couple of scenes of woodenness she brings out a smirk, when we should be feeling terror.
The scriptwriter for some reason decided to remind us of the appalling Hellraiser IV and bring back the Toymaker's bloodline. Thankfully he doesn't delve into the idea too much and manages to escape with the gimmick without much harm to the movie. That said the focus on Amy and her encroaching paranoia means that none of the other characters get enough screen-time to build a back-story. You really don't have much idea why the Deader's are doing what they are doing and the finale is another Hellraiser catastrophe, when the culmination happens 'just because'. It doesn't have to make much sense - the key is for some however illogical ending to happen.
Not a lot of Cenobites in this flick. Even less than in Hellseeker, where you see them in 5-6 scenes at the most. And this also doesn't help. For a movie set in the Hellraiser universe it is hard to catch the fluttering atmosphere of the empire of pain and apart from maybe one scene it just doesn't fulfil its promise.
The structure of the story is very similar to that of part V and VI, but this gets tiresome fast. As long as the personalising of hell worked in part V as a novelty it becomes old very fast.
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