Hellraiser 8: Hellworld (2005)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Doug Bradley
Storyline: A video game based on Hellraiser is dragging players to a rave which leads to the underground cult of Cenobites.
Review (Spoils): A bunch of young people grieve the death of their friend who committed suicide. Jake (a former friend of the group) narrows down that they were not there for their friend in his time of need before his death as they were all obsessed with a game known as Hellworld. Secret invitations and chats go out to the young people to come to a Hellworld house party/rave which then leads to be a trap into the hellish world of Hellraiser.
Sigh I hate it when writers decide it’s a great idea to place the franchise into the franchise, it’s not it always fails… see the series for Scream and Halloween for examples. It’s right up there with placing classic horror villains into space! Sure we have Lance Henriksen who is a horror legend but he cannot save this mind mess of an entry to the series. I personally loved the mind game idea in the series a few films ago but now it is just becoming silly and straying too far from the cube and Pinhead (Doug Bradley) himself. This film is more like a teen slasher than an actual Hellraiser film. Not even deaths and not enough classic feel in this one and it just might be the worse of the bunch.
Rating: This series has really driven off the rails and it does need to come back as I personally do normally enjoy them. Poor Doug Bradley and Lance Henriksen for this mess in the series, sorry guys. Not enough deaths, hooks, gore and cube for my liking …they need to focus on the Cenobites more and get back to the basics. I guess this film as Katheryn Winnick going for it?
Hellraiser 7 : Deader (2005)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Kari Wuhrer, Paul Rhys, Simon Kunz, Doug Bradley, Georgina Rylance
Storyline: A journalist gets entrapped into the underground world of the cenobites
Review (Spoils): Hot babe journalist Amy (Kari Wuhrer) is looking for her hot story and she comes across a videotape that shows an underground culture that can bring back the dead back to life. This all tracks down to a leader named Winter (Paul Rhys) who is controlling them. An ex member of the cult named Maria (Georgina Rylance) invites Amy to come to Romania but when she gets there Maria is dead with the puzzle box in her hands. Amy of course takes the puzzle box and opens it and unleashes Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and his evil cenobites.
First off Kari Wuhrer is smoking hot and I have been a fan boy of hers since her early Mtv days so that to me is a win. But overall this storyline and series has gone to the shitter. We have a total lack of Pinhead which is too bad as Doug Bradley is back to grace the screen but really like 30 seconds of screen time? Is this film horrible? Not really but there is better when it comes to the Hellraiser series. The Deaders was a neat idea and we do have some blood but you feel the low budget of the film and it almost sits on a made for TV movie.
Rating: We have Kari Wuhrer so can’t complain but man the cenobites could have used some more air time on this low budget film. You would almost think this was not a Hellraiser film.
Hellraiser 6: Hellseeker (2002)
Director: Rick Bota
Main Stars: Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Rachel Hayward, Sarah-Jane Redmond
Storyline: A business man comes across the puzzle box after his wife was killed in a car accident.
Review (Spoils): Major Spoilers! Kristy Cotten (Ashley Laurence) is all grown up but her and her husband Trevor (Dean Winters ) gets into a fatal car accident (in the water in which Kristy could not get out) leaving Trevor alone with a mysterious puzzle box. Trevor is now single and having constant nightmares of bad surgeries, his sexy boss being tormented and the truth of his plan to kill off Kristy is all coming out to pastor. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) meets Trevor and explains that all is going to be good on his end. Through all the madness Trevor actual finds out he died not Kristy and she caught on to his cheating and plan and she killed them all in a deal with Pinhead.
This film has blood, hooks, sexy ladies and an actual puzzling but fun storyline. This series is actual a lot of fun and really has not dulled much.
Rating: If you want a film that has cenoboits and some hot ladies (Ashley Laurence, Rachel Hayward, Sarah-Jane Redmond) you can’t go wrong. Not sure why people bash this series so much as the storylines within the series are not bad and fun to watch in most cases.