Archive for October 9th, 2010
The project is almost over, but before we hit the final few weeks, we’ve another and last outing with Pinhead et al, but lets take a look at a few Vampires, young and old.
- Hellraiser 8
- Salem’s Lot
- Trouble Every Day
- Let the Right One In
- Nosferatu (Herzog)
- Dracula (1931)
Rick Bota’s second outing to attempt to conquer the Hellraiser series, again, another tale of the mind and facing ones own demons whilst dabbling with the Cenobites and the box.
Kari Wuhrer plays Amy Klein a hard boiled tough cookie of a journalist. Her latest lead finds her in Eastern Europe investigating a sect who explore the limits of life to the point of going beyond the grave. Lead by Winter (Paul Rhys) who we soon discover to be a descendant of the puzzle box maker, he’s lost the family knack of controlling the box, but has discovered another way of gaining entry to hell and back. Amy gets caught up with the cult, whilst facing her own past, her own demons.
This is a clever film and a nice interpretation of the original idea. Dealing more with inner demons and those of the human kind rather than the real ones from hell. Some moments are surreal and there is a lot of not knowing what reality we are in but it works and visually a joy to watch. Bota is an interesting director, but even more so, a fantastic DP and personally, I feel he’s putting a lot back into the franchise. The set’s are well through out, with cellars reminiscent of corridors of hell from previous affairs, also lots of nice use of birds suggesting captive or the release of souls. Wuhrer is a cracking actress too, seriously well cast and a stunning performance here. Equally, Doug Bradley is back as Pinhead and puts in a another great outing as our favourite Cenobite. Here, for the first in a long time, he seems convincing and at home with the script.