While it is admirable that the fifth chapter of the "Hellraiser" franchise, Scott Derrickson's "Hellraiser: Inferno," steps outside the series' established conventions, it is unfortunate that it all falls with such a resounding thud. Almost completely ridding itself of a focus on the neo-gothic, leather clad cenobites and their flesh-tearing ways, the film follows a police detective on an urban murder investigation. The detective uncovers an array of hellish shocks as he gets closer to the killer.
More an attempt…
I’d been interested in seeing Hellraiser: Inferno since I learned it was the directing debut of Scott Derrickson; I quite liked one of his two movies that I’d seen (Sinister), hated the other (The Day the Earth Stood Still), and find him to be an interesting, thoughtful guy (at least, as far as you can tell about someone by their Twitter). It turns out Inferno isn’t great, but it’s no The Day the Earth Stood Still either. It’s basically Bad…
Throw out the Hellraiser in Hellraiser: Inferno's title and it gets about 5 times better. The only vague trace of Clive Barker's original horror classic are brief dream scenes that contains a rather uninvolved Pinhead inside a box haunting the main detective in a story that's far more mystery than scare driven. The after-thought of a connection to the series is evident in what seems to be an unrelated script shoehorned in with a character to build an audience. It…
Effects wiz, Kevin Yagher, makes his one and, so far, only feature directorial outing with "Hellraiser: Bloodline," the fourth chapter in the horror franchise that began with Clive Barker's "Hellraiser." Though Yagher had his name removed from the film, the genre exercise is a completely serviceable and somewhat ambitious piece of work. It suffers from a dull midsection, but it is a completely watchable segment of the violent series.
Beginning in the far future, "Hellraiser: Bloodline" tells the three-part story…
Hellraiser 3 is a Tony Hickox flick, and like all Tony Hickox flicks, it looks gorgeous. The man has a gift for filming incredibly disturbing scenes, and it comes across wonderfully here. The FX work is golden and the set design beautifully oppressive, and it's shot terrifically.
Unfortunately, everything else is a mess. The screenplay is a disaster, owning more to A Nightmare on Elm Street than Hellraiser. The wonderfully deliberate tone of the first two is tossed out in…
I stand by my last review. Hell on Earth is definitely dumb and deviation from the 1st two installments, but it has some really fun moments. This is the type of movie I want to watch with a bunch of friends while we drink. Definitely the last Hellraiser you'll want to watch. The rest are almost as painful as the torturing in the film.
It just feels wrong to have the Cenobites engaging in physical battle with a weird worm demon. They're not fighters, baby. They're lovers. Sweet, sweet lovers.
Some of the imagery was pretty cool, namely the concrete labyrinth of Hell and the giant inky black lighthouse god that rules it. But, once again, the acting from the lead actress is hellish and the special effects are just a little too 80s for me. And, oh boy, the music. What is wrong with these Hellraiser music mixers?
So, some sorta cool imagery and a few shots of skinless boob do not a good movie make.
Though not necessarily a necessary sequel, "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" answers some minor mysteries from the film's predecessor while rehashing some of what made that first film so engaging. With its gore, compelling and frightening imagery, and mostly solid storyline, the film may not rival "Hellraiser" hook for hook; but it makes for a sturdy horror followup.
Tony Randel's sequel to Clive Barker's original film finds the first film's heroine, Kirsty, dealing with the effects having family members harmed by the…
Sunday Morning Review!
"No tears please. Its a waste of good suffering."
Hellraiser is a great, peaceful little Sunday morning movie isn't it? It an uplifting tale that compliments the warm morning sunlight and the birds chirping, right? Not really.
Like, at all. But is it still a kickass movie? Hell yes.
The first time one watches Hellraiser they might find themselves thinking "am I watching the right movie?" Because with the exception of the grisly but highly effective opening,…
Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" is a gloomy, gory horror film full of violence, mystery, and modern-gothic atmosphere all its own. A monster movie with unique and intelligent monsters, the film is heavy with themes of temptation and self-inflicted suffering. It is an engaging, jolting, and memorably nightmarish piece of work.
Its plot revolving around a mystical puzzle box with the power to open interdimensional doorways, "Hellraiser" follows a family dealing with the effects of what comes out of and goes into…
Bloated, ridiculous, shit, brilliant..
IT'S A BOND FILM!!
Probably Roger Moore's best Bond performance. This was always mocked, and overlooked by myself. Probably due to the awful title, but you know what? It is actually an excellent Bond movie. The aerial finale is simply stunning. Perhaps a Bond stand out. And the Mercedes on the train tracks is a masterful moment in action film making. Q even gets his moment to shine.
A better song and hotter Bond girl away from Bond excellence.