Tag: Cenobite

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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Hellraiser Inferno

by on Oct.07, 2010, under Daily Review

Sometimes, it’s good to cut all ties with ones past, get back to basics and re-imagine a basic plot. Take the essential and start fresh. That’s what we have here.

Craig Sheffer plays a private detective, he’s one of the good guys who works hard and plays rough. A family man, although one with vices. During a night with a street walker he falls into new world, one of delusion, desire and puzzle boxes. The night is one crazy dream, although waking up next morning he finds a dead hooker and a child’s finger.

From this point, we get a murder mystery, Sam Spade style with **** tracking the box, its owner, the engineer until eventually he finds what he’s been looking for all along. The film is one of desire and obsession and loss. People tied up in their day job, lost to their family life.

Scott Derrickson does a great job here at rebuilding a basic idea from the first film and turning it pure LA. It’s not got much of a budget, but what it has it uses. Cenobites are great, in my opinion, better than the other films. A stunning idea pushing more on the sexual satisfaction gained through Cenobites, rather than these demons just turning up to take you off to hell. Pinhead is present here, but for me, doesn’t really seem to fit the look and style of this one. Also, let me add, even though the film focus’ on vice, there are no obligatory obvious bimbos.

Script is pretty good, very pulp. Acting is pretty good too. Hats off to Scott Derrickson for pulling this out of the bag really, as to follow up after the last outing and actually come up with a damn good solid film, some achievement. I’d actually go as far as Derrickson actually taking the principles of Cenobite and making them his own, whilst Barker, Atkins and Randal disown. Strong words, I know, but damn good bloody enjoyable celluloid.

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