Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.
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Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case, to hunt down a gruesome serial killer terrorising the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiralling maze of horror that may not be of this world. Could the judgement awaiting the killer's victims also be waiting for Sean?
In response to Doug Bradley commenting that the director stated that Paul T. Taylor had the 'screen presence' of Peter Cushing and Ralph Fiennes and therefore didn't need his advice, Tunnicliffe said that 'as usual' this was someone misquoting. He stated that what he had in fact said was he thought there was a 'hint of Cushing and Fiennes' to Taylor in his screen test, clarifying that he meant physically more than anything else. During filming though, Tunnicliffe and Taylor had fun using the late Peter Cushing's portrayal as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) as a guideline of sorts; any time that Tunnicliffe wanted a more subtle or nuanced line reading, he would simply whisper 'You're far too trusting' (a line uttered by Tarkin to Princess Leia) to Taylor, who would then mimic said line. See more »
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There will be retaliation. You will suffer.
Suffer? Me? How dare you use such a word. You know nothing of suffering. I exist only to share its meaning. Sin and suffering are my dominion. Perhaps it's time you learned a little of the matters you seek to manage.
[Chains come out of the wall to brutally incapacitate Jophiel]
What are you doing? Do you know who I am?
I care not. Irony. Are you the way?
Do your worst. You forget my first task for Him. The order has already been sanctioned.
Look at me...
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In the intro Pinhead complains that in this corrupt digital era, a wooden box doesn't really to much, that it's obsolete when people can easily satisfy their every desire.
Some bum gets a typewritten letter from a "friend" asking him to go to some address. He does. Then he finds himself bound to a chair and a creepy scarfaced character asks him about his crimes and types all that on a typewriter. He is The Auditor. The bum turns out to be a child molester. Then the Assessor arrives, some nasty fat guy who drops children's tears on the confession and then eats it. Then he vomits into a funnel and the vomit ends up in another room where three girls (The Jury) put their hands in it and declare a verdict. Then another set of three girls (The Cleaners) presumably lick the bum "clean" and do something else off-camera to clean him from the inside as well. Then The Butcher arrives from his back crawls out The Surgeon a creepy figure that delivers the sentence and slices the skin off the bum. Pinhead is nearby just sitting there listening to all this. All this is filmed in a pretty cool way in a sepia tone.
Then we meet two brothers who are also detectives. They are partnered up for some reason but don't get along all that much, at least one them, Sean, has nothing to say to the other, David. At the crime scene, a dead woman is on the floor, in blood is written "I am a jealous God." Then a female detective, Christine, arrives, who's been sent to be part of the investigation. It turns out the cops have been pursuing a serial killer called "The Preceptor" and this is his 12th killing. The killing are based on the biblical commandments. He provides some literary letter with every killing. But they also find the woman's dog inside her womb.
The cops have little to go on. We learn that Sean is an army veteran who is in marital troubles with his wife. The next crime by The Preceptor they find on a playground involves some limbs that are holding organs and some jars with blood, all this relates to missing children.
When Sean goes back to the bum's pad he finds an address and goes there. It's where The Auditor and his gang are. They take him and Sean starts his confession, which apparently is pretty gruesome, and it ends up causing The Assessor to choke to death. Still Pinhead decides to let Sean go, suspecting that he will come back.
By now the detectives make a discovery that finally advances their case against the Preceptor, with one last commandment to go. There's a surprise and a confrontation between the parties involved. And finally Pinhead makes his hellish entrance and forces two people to open the Lament Configuration. Then another character appears, something of a rival to Pinhead and some surprising things are said about the dynamic between good and evil. Pinhead doesn't budge and in turn suffers judgment himself.
Hellraiser: Judgment is something of an improvement overall considering where the franchise has been going. The entire audition process looks cool and is pretty strange and new. At the same time why introduce this new group of Pinhead underlings instead of just sticking with Pinhead and his cenobites? At least the sepia coloring is a welcome departure from Pinhead's domain which is cold blue/grey/black. Also, why focus on cops again instead of on regular people doing bad stuff, no to mention that here we arrive so late to The Preceptor's shenanigans. Gary J. Tunnicliffe, now promoted to director, does a good job. Unfortunately he also figured he'd take on the role of The Auditor and that was a mistake. Aside from him, acting overall is strong. Alexandra Harris is a just lovely as Christine.
This movie makes for a good horror thriller one that is more like a spin-off from Hellraiser really. As a Hellraiser movie it's of course disappointing because again Pinhead, the Lament Configuration, and the Cenobites are barely featured, and again they picked some actor entirely unsuited to play Pinhead. Doug Bradley has been in some terrible Hellraiser sequels, not sure why he thought the last two weren't worth participating. But if that's the case surely there are actors who can do a better job and look more appropriate. There's also not a whole lot of gore and violence. Us usual with some of the recent sequels there aren't many good lines for Pinhead. But I like the twist that the new character represented where the issue of good and evil comes up. However the ending is just terrible, and makes you wonder about where this franchise will go, especially if they can't come up with a good reboot, which looks to be on hold again. Perhaps Pascal Laugier is available. I can't think of a better writer/director to take on a Hellraiser reboot.
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