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Overall Rating
3.42

Awesome: 32.39%
Worth A Look33.8%
Average: 1.41%
Pretty Bad: 8.45%
Total Crap: 23.94%

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Hellraiser: Inferno
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by Scott Weinberg

"Apparently it's just impossible to make good horror sequels."
1 stars

Once again, the producers behind all those 'straight-to-video' horror sequels refuse to simply to get a clue. I realize it would be inexcusable to merely copy the earlier films, but do the results ALWAYS have to be this interminably awful? If you're setting up a lemonade stand, you better make damn sure you got some freakin' lemons.

Here's what I don't get: A studio goes to all the trouble of producing a new horror sequel, but time and again they simply refuse to acknowledge that these movies have fans and followers; people who love the series and will pretty much rent any movie with a number in the title. Hey filmmakers! THINK of these people when you do a sequel! Yeah, I know it's only Hellraiser we're talking about here, but this series is a perfect example of how to royally blow it.

The original Hellraiser is a classic; a bruised, bloody and hook-strewn gothic gore-fest. The fact that the original was also a funny and rather intelligent movie certainly factors into its ongoing popularity. An act of infidelity and blood-letting awakens an evil, which results in the arrival of Pinhead and his Cenobites.

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 was at least faithful to the themes and visual style of the original. In some ways, this sequel has an even larger (and bloodier) scope than the original, as the characters actually enter the domain of the Cenobites! While Hellbound lacks the stark, dark realism of the first film, it makes up for it in energetic and frequent gore scenes.

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth is where things started spinning off-track. As it is, the third entry is a serviceable and pretty entertaining movie, but the holes were starting to show. New mythologies and characters were created, and the whole affair just seemed to be a framework for the 'Pinhead Stuff'.

Hellraiser 4: Bloodline vitrually destroyed the series beyond repair. Instead of focusing on the strong points of the earlier films (the Cenobites and their origins, the true evil that can only be done by humans, or just some plain old good carnage), this movie is instead a Creepshow wannabe anthology that takes place on a space ship! Um, were they drunk, stoned or simply insane? Didn't they try that in Leprechaun 4? Why ANY producer would decide to take a modern gothic horror tale and shoot it into orbit is just mind-bogglingly stupid. It's like proposing that the next Star Wars movie be set in Victorian times.

Hellraiser 5: Inferno is simply awful, and this is coming from a guy who usually likes all those cheesy horror sequels. This film honestly looks like a failed made-for-cable detective movie, only with two brief Pinhead appearances to book-end the movie. Now I'm not saying that a Hellraiser movie has to be wall-to-wall Pinhead, but heck - Someone plastered his nail-covered head all over the video box...so am I really expecting too much?

Any big Craig Sheffer fans out there? You remember Craig. He was the 'snotty rich guy' in Some Kind of Wonderful, and based on what he looks like now, his 'sex-symbol' days are over for good. Maybe it's just me, but Craig really looked like he was doing a drunk impression of Gary Busey throughout the entire movie. Add to that the fact that his character is a coke-snorting, prostitute-fondling, wife-ignoring, cash-stealin' alcoholic and all-around moody bastard, and what you're left with is one unpleasant protagonist.

The only other performer worth mentioning is Doug Bradley, Pinhead himself. His agent must have cut a sweet deal, since it's seems Doug put in maybe 55 minutes worth of work here. I guarantee that Pinhead appears in this movie for about 4 minutes, and even then it's just to preach and whine. That could be forgiven if we there were some cool replacement psycho monsters, but aside from two bland chick-zombies and a waddling torso, we're stuck in melodrama country here.

I would mention that Nicholas Turturro offers a surprisingly professional performance, but I doubt he wants me drawing attention to the fact that he was in this movie, so forget I said anything.

I've given this lame-o movie more press than it deserves. Hellraiser 5: Inferno will irk and annoy fans of this series, and it will bore anyone else into a coma. Once again, the sequel-mongers have destroyed a series with solid potential, all in the name of a quick buck. Pinhead deserves a hell of a lot better than a cameo role in a third-rent cable movie.

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User Comments

6/29/14 dmfnyce this movie gets the finger 2 stars
10/02/10 archont Inferno eschews fake blood and latex for a frightenning psychological trip. Very ambitious. 4 stars
9/15/10 Chris McGinnis Doesn't really follow the Hellraiser serious, but still awesome! 5 stars
12/04/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome Story! 5 stars
3/08/08 Donald D If I want to see "Jacob's Ladder"...um...I'll just go watch "Jacob's Ladder." 1 stars
10/20/07 chistianmonk As a born again christian, this movie should be the #2 movie behind THE PASSION OF CHRIST 5 stars
12/20/06 Matthew Little This movie is fantastic..."A" 5 stars
11/11/06 cody Different is always the best , the film had good effects and acting, it had to many endings 2 stars
10/14/06 hells angels this was the best hellraiser movie! i do not care what any 1 else says about it............ 5 stars
10/09/06 K.Sear Wow! A much needed breath of fresh air. 5 stars
10/04/06 Sugarfoot Turns Pinhead into morality tale, it's still better than #4 but still... 2 stars
10/03/05 Biz-e Boooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/30/05 ShabbaRanks Lame, dull, stupid, bad acting, cheesy effects, lifeless script...next to no Pinhead. Turd. 1 stars
9/29/05 Jakub Definitely, without a doubt, the most BORING of the series. At least Chatterer is back! 2 stars
8/05/05 John Earl A worthy addition to the Hellraiser saga 4 stars
3/04/05 the pixi not perfect but a good new direction closer to the book 4 stars
8/31/04 Tuomo Haatainen Nice movie, it was actually a bit scary at times, unlike any other hellraiser movie. 4 stars
7/30/04 Josh Standlee Very entertaining, but it needed more Pinhead. 4 stars
5/14/04 Metathrom Excellent, surreal movie with a clever plot. I wanted better cenobites though. :( 4 stars
4/10/04 Fayme Awesome movie 4 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. 1979... He came home, 1987 the puzzle is solved... 2004, MICHAEL MYERS VS. PINHEAD!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Pinhead may've not been in it for long but, a character's descent into MADNESS... Yes!!!!!! 5 stars
2/08/04 Atrophy666 Hey I liked it Scott 5 stars
12/22/03 the Grinch Hey Lou, at least I can SPELL! Who the fuck are you, PRINCE? 4 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Hellraiser meets NYPD Blue. Pinhead makes a five minute cameo. Truely bad. 1 stars
9/25/03 moira didn't make any bloody sense, also confusing 1 stars
8/02/03 Double G Great 5 stars
5/18/03 lou safire ok film but the best is no 1 , u are an inadequte critic , an it shows 4 stars
4/04/03 someone - 5 stars
2/25/03 smelliemellie ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/14/02 FoRo This movie was fucking cool. and suck ass is you. lol 5 stars
8/28/02 Bob MacBryce Agree with the Grinch completely. Although i really liked the ambient music too. 5 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 Yeah yeah. (Almost) makes up for that abomination that was "Hellraiser 4: Bloodlines". 4 stars
4/09/02 Bob MacBryce Seen them all. This one rules. Learn to live with the fact that the eighties are over. 5 stars
3/07/02 Alan Smithee Not as bad as I was expecting, but still a far cry from the first film. 3 stars
2/10/02 B. Kwon It was very different from the others, but strangley enough I really enjoyed It!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
1/12/02 Andrew Carden At This Point The Series Had Gone On 3 Too Many Sequels. 1 stars
1/11/02 deimos420 too fucking cool for words 5 stars
11/03/01 Dave W This movie was awesome....I don't know what you're talking about 5 stars
9/18/01 Tony the tiger with commentary by Steven the snake A surprise 5 stars
8/25/01 JesseL Liked every Hellraiser a lot, but this one stinks. 1 stars
8/21/01 ice werewolf great movie! kept me interrested from start to finish, and what an ending! 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk I was surprised to say the least. Interesting way to further the series, but S-To-Video!!!! 4 stars
8/02/01 Elgyn Good idea - bad execution (no pun intended). Dull. 2 stars
7/29/01 the Grinch You loved the first four? Well...that says it all, doesn't it? 5 stars
5/16/01 Rampage Those horror movies are staring to piss me off. Time for a new trend! 1 stars
5/10/01 Shawn Lawrence Maybe it would be good if they didn't cling to the hellraiser name. nah... 1 stars
4/26/01 Basil A lot better than I thought it would be. 5 stars
3/11/01 Hollister Fracus This was a total piece of shit! I loved the first four, but this sucked. 1 stars
3/05/01 Suzie Q Pretty gross. I mean, getting my back ripped off with little hooks isn't my idea of fun! 5 stars
1/26/01 Diego Romero Who comes up with this shit?A guy with a brain 5 stars
1/03/01 AaronZombie Good effects, and a good atmosphere, but boring, and bad acting. Skip it. 2 stars
11/12/00 Ground Zero who comes up with this shit?! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  03-Oct-2000 (R)
  DVD: 19-Apr-2011

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  11-Feb-2002 (18)

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