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Hellraiser : Hellseeker

by on Oct.08, 2010, under Daily Review

The series continues, this time taking a very different direction which works to a degree, but on other levels fails deeply. Ashley Laurence returns to make another impact on the franchise, but is truly wasted whilst the story focus’ on her death and her husbands derangements whist getting through grief.

A car crash winds up with Kirsty (Laurence) and Trevor (Dean Winters) sinking in a lake. Kirsty drowns, Trevor makes it out. Waking up in hospital, he’s questioned by a cop. No body of Kirsty was found at the scene. From this point on, Trevor experiences strange hallucinations and seems to be attracting every woman he comes into contact with. So what exactly is going on here?

I’m not about to mentin what is really going on, but it’s quite obvious really and anyone used to the series will be aware that all is not always as it seems. It’s a clever film, and an interesting plot, but it’s very different to any of the other Hellraiser films, mainly due to visual style which is clean and focused and very real looking. The plot is one of derangement. Cenobite, when they do appear, are nasty vicious little things, one brutal scene has a woman suffocated with a plastic bag; this is a distance from the cenobites from the first few outings. All becomes clear and all fits into place late on in the film.

Doug Bradley takes on the role of Pinhead once again, but for the small scenes which he turns up, he’s not really convincing with a weak script, which doesn’t work with the rest of the film. Lat on, he’s great though and as good as ever.

It’s worth giving this one a look, it’s very different and taken from a very different point of view. I can’t help but think that it could have been better offering more of Laurence, getting Kirsty’s plot a bit earlier on, but it is what it is.

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