There comes a time when a story just needs to end. This can be due to a number of things. Either it's become too familiar, strayed too far from the source, or has stretched itself too thin. However, if there is still money to be made an end may be nowhere in sight. Dimension Films is known for milking franchises for all they're worth, especially Horror. Multiple sequels can kill a franchise, but not all of them are bad. The 'Hellraiser' series started on such a high and had it's ups and downs through seven more films. It appeared that it had finally died, but jump ahead a few years and we now have this embarrassment.
Pros: Story has potential. Actors do their best, especially Nick Eversman. Quite good effects.
Cons: Flat direction. Amateurish writing. Even at 70 minutes the pace drags. Repeats some things from the original, but less effectively. Way underdeveloped characters that you won't care about. Doug Bradley was wise to pass on this, but his replacement is terrible. Generic score. You remember very little of this by the end credits. Plot holes a plenty.
Final thoughts: It is no secret that the only reason this was made was so Dimension could retain the remake rights. That doesn't mean this film had to be bad, but it certainly is. I couldn't wait for this waste of film to be over. It's like a fan made 'Hellraiser' sequel shot with real film cameras. Like they say, "A polished turd is still a turd."
My rating: 1/5
In this ninth installment of the Hellraiser franchise, two friends discover a puzzle box in Mexico, which opens a gateway to Hell. Before long, dermatological nightmare Pinhead has returned to make the lives of everyone in his way miserable.
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September 18, 2012 at 3:43 am