Hellraiser 4 (1996)
Director: Kevin Yagher
Stars: Doug Bradley, Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Kim Myers
Storyline: We learn the story and the creation of the puzzle box that opens the gates to Hell and unleashes Pinhead and his Cenobites.
Review: This film jumps back and forth through timelines as it tells the tale of the creator of the great legendary puzzle box that opens the gates to Hell. The film starts of in space in the future where a scientist (Bruce Ramsay) tries to undo what his ancestors created. This flops to the past with the toy maker (Bruce Ramsay) and the creation of the puzzle box which is sold to a rich noble man who uses witchcraft to infuse the box. The noble man sacrifices a beautiful noble girl (Valentina Vargas) and infuses her soul with the first demon. In this they wait to use the puzzle box to open the gates to Hell and destroy all bloodlines to the toymaker.
This bring us to modern times where the bloodline survived and the demon Angelique is back and still trying to kill the family off and unleash the box. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) arrives this time with a Cenobite dog and they wreck havoc and in the end Angelique crosses the line with him and he creates her a Cenobite too.
Now this bring us back the story telling in space where he is trying to re-open the box and send Pinhead back to Hell and we have some more blood, chains and the typical Hellraiser gore.
Rating: I hate space I really do. Horror and space do not mix normally unless it’s an Aliens series. Sure the movie flipped through timelines like a badly written book but I think it had to make sense really. Yes it did hurt the film a bit but overall it was not bad for the series and Valentina Vargas is smoking sexy and hot!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
Director: Jack Sholder
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler,
Storyline: Freddy is back and someone new moves into the old house on Elm Street. Freddy haunts the new teenage tenant in his nightmares to kill for him.
Review (Spoils): Seeing this film a long time ago I thought I would revisit it for the review. This movie is different than the others in the series. We have young Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) who moves into the old house on Elm Street from the first movie (along with his family). This movie plays on a number of things when it comes to Jesse, is he confused on his sexuality or is he just shy. The movie really does not go into this detail much but some of the scenes do make you believe that it is leaning towards the sexuality. But anyways he gets nagged by Freddy (Robert Englund ) and actually kind of gets possessed by him to do his bidding (such as slaying teenagers). We have Lisa (Kim Myers) who plays the cute redhead rich girl interested in the strange Jesse and helps him with his internal battle of Freddy. The film plays off the typical Freddy haunts, finger knife slashing, long green tongues and run away buses. The change in this film from the first one is Freddy is not seen as much and it seems Jesse is the killer and he is trying to deal with that. Sure we got some gore but the cool scene of the film was when Freddy cuts his way through Jesse’s body but outside of that the film was sort of flat.
Rating: Not sure if it was the lack of Freddy in the film or if it was just too different then the past one. This film just missed the mark. There was just too much time wasted on Jesse himself and just too much filler in the film with him and his friend Ron (Robert Rusler). The movie was lacking when it came to excitement plus there was too male nudity compare to female and we never did get to see Kim Myers! This is one of the more lacking films in the Nightmare series.