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Overall Rating
2.56

Awesome: 17.95%
Worth A Look: 5.13%
Average: 7.69%
Pretty Bad53.85%
Total Crap: 15.38%

2 reviews, 27 user ratings


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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
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by Charles Tatum

"Hell on the Viewer"
2 stars

Watching this film is almost as bad as the centuries of pain Pinhead always eludes to, but that we never see.

Joey (Terry Farrell) is one of those frustrated television news reporters who cannot seem to catch a break. She is relegated to fluff pieces until staking out a New York City emergency room one night. A man is brought in, with chains and hooks piercing his body, and then his head explodes. Terri (Paula Marshall), the girl who brought him in, turns up at Joey's apartment after Joey goes to a club called the Boiler Room looking for information. Terri invites herself to live with Joey, and shows her a mysterious puzzle box she found that used to be on a sculpture at her ex-boyfriend's place.

The Boiler Room's owner (and Terri's ex-boyfriend), J.P. (Kevin Bernhardt), bought the weird sculpture from a gallery. It is gargantuan, and seems to show souls in torment. J.P. notices someone (the now headless dude) took something (the aforementioned puzzle box) off the piece, and when accidentally bit by a rat, J.P. bleeds on the artwork. At this point in the "Hellraiser" series, I think we all know what blood does to the Cenobites.

Pinhead (Doug Bradley) comes back and requires J.P. to start bringing him more blood, using some of the bar bimbos J.P. regularly beds. Joey gets more information from Terri (the two make like "The Odd Couple" with their sudden living arrangement), and Joey's nosy behavior finally pays off as she investigates what occurred in the past (and in the first two films in the series).

Despite the very good opening scenes and some jump-scare moments, "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" just should not have been made. Aside from Bradley, the only returning character is Ashley Laurence's Kirsty, and she appears in what looks like outtakes from the second film. Both Terry Farrell and Paula Marshall have found success on network television series, which is commendable considering how awful their performances are here. Doug Bradley, as both Pinhead and his human form Spencer, is seen more here than in the previous two films combined. Pinhead is still a great character, but the muddy screenplay gums up the original storyline with convoluted rules about how to get rid of the devilish monster. The direction is pedestrian and unenthusiastic.

The special effects are still not very good, and when a promising scene like a giant bloody massacre comes along late in the film, the weak effects quickly sink it. Too much time is spent on Joey's dreams of her father; scenes that are not worth the payoff in the conclusion. Watching this film reminded me how wrong Hollywood sometimes gets the world of television reporting. Joey makes like Nancy Drew and has plenty of time to put together the clues in the plot, lives in a huge New York City apartment with a view, and yet never seems to work very much. A new gang of Cenobites are introduced here, and they are all lame and forgettable...and North Carolina locations do not stand in very well for New York City, or Vietnam!

"Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" is pretty bad, and after a messy but satisfying fourth film, the series was quickly relegated to direct-to-video releases. It's a real shame to see a film series get clipped like this.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell better than 2 IMHO 4 stars
4/17/07 marshmannes CD is great and Pinhead is at his most humorous. A guilty pleasure for sure 5 stars
2/17/07 Charles Tatum ...and yet the series continued 2 stars
10/09/06 K.Sear Really really bad. 1 stars
10/04/06 Sugarfoot Once again it's better than most horror movies but this time it's starting to wear thin 3 stars
12/08/05 Indrid Cold Hilariously unscary, although not the least entertaining thing I've ever seen. 2 stars
10/03/05 Biz-e Not the worst of the series, but definitely the DUMBEST! Camerahead?!?!?! CD-Face?!?!?!?! 1 stars
9/30/05 ShabbaRanks Better than 2 (what isn't?), but blander and more lifeless than 1...not to mention STUPID!! 2 stars
9/29/05 Jakub On par with 2 - that one was a mess, this one is just silly and stupid. 2 stars
4/01/05 Richard Box Gory as Hell. Check out the Shit acting. Pinhead wants to be freddy with his wise cracks ! 2 stars
7/26/04 Josh Standlee What a treat! You see more of Pinhead than ever, cool cenobytes, and that puzzle box! 5 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. Barbie, CD, Surgeon, Chatterer, Chatter-Beast & Wire twins PLZ! Fight Michael Myers!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Now this waz more lite it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Barbie & CD Cenobites were the best!!! 5 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge crap. 1 stars
1/26/04 Roc Howitzer Stop you haters, It's a good movie!!!! 5 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Can't come close to the first two movies, but it's still fun and entertaining. 3 stars
8/23/03 Kyle Fun, if you've got nothing better to do. 4 stars
8/02/03 Double G 2 words Ok ay, maybe 1 3 stars
7/04/03 angelina watch it! 5 stars
5/29/03 Max Love it would watch it again n again if I had the video! Burn American Pie Pinhead is king! 5 stars
8/28/02 Bob MacBryce The worst of all terrible 80's horror flics 1 stars
7/26/02 Roy Smith Still better than Hellraiser: Oblivion..... 1 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 Aw, shit. Why? Why? Why? Leave it alone..just LEAVE IT ALONE! 2 stars
3/07/02 Alan Smithee Decent gore (in the unrated version) can't save this turd. 1 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk OK idea ruined by the director of Waxwork 2: Lost in Time...I hate that guy. 2 stars
8/02/01 Elgyn This is the movie that killed "Hellraiser". 2 stars
4/12/01 Andrew Carden I guess once he comes to earth, the film flops. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-Sep-1992 (R)
  DVD: 19-Apr-2011

UK
  19-Feb-1993 (18)

Australia
  03-Jun-1993 (R)




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