In London, after doing an article about crack junkies for her newspaper, investigative journalist Amy Klein watches a bizarre videotape showing footage of an underground sect in Bucharest-whose members apparently turn into zombies through the mystic powers of their leader Winter. Her editor Charles Richmond obtained the tape from a follower named Marla, and now invites Amy to run the story as a scoop. She accepts, but upon her arrival in Romania she finds Marla dead with a strange cube in her hands. After retreating in her hotel room, Amy finally opens the artefact-thus initiating her journey into Hell's domain.Written by
(at around 17 mins) When Amy is talking to Marla's landlord outside Marla's door, the landlord's cigar is burned almost completely down. After the door is opened and Amy enters, the landlord can be seen outside with a much longer cigar. See more »
HELLRAISER: DEADER is pretty good, especially in the first half which has two of the more intense and creepy scenes I have seen in a DTV flick in a while. I'm talking, of course, about the first videotape and when Amy explores the abandoned house.
Where DEADER fails is when it tries to tie into the HELLRAISER mythology. As has been well publicized, DEADER started out as an original screenplay by Neal Marshall Stevens that Dimension Films bought for no less than 1 million dollars. Then they lost faith in it and let it collect dust before hiring Tim Day to do a rewrite and turn it into a HELLRAISER sequel. I don't blame the guy, because he probably did the best he could, given such a ridiculous task. But it's a shame that DEADER did end up like this. Without the 30 seconds worth of Pinhead at the end this could have been a minor genre masterpiece. As it stands, it's just a bizarre, schizophrenic film with some outstanding moments, some scenes that really work and some that really don't. Once again, shame on Dimension Films for wasting this opportunity.
In addition to original screenwriter Stevens, director Rick Bota also deserves some praise. He's made a good looking and often tense film that is never less than competent. Hopefully he'll be able to break free from his current job at Dimension eventually. The guy has talent.
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