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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

Terry Farrell , Doug Bradley , Anthony Hickox  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Terry Farrell, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Paula Marshall, Brent Bolthouse
  • Directors: Anthony Hickox
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FEBWV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurette: Clive Barker: The Art of Horror
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

From horror legend Clive Barker comes "the ultimate in fear!" Dan Scapporotti, Cinefantastique. Some call him the Black Prince of Hell. Some call him the Angel of Suffering. The horror fans everywhere, he's Pinhead (Doug Bradley), the urbane, spike-faced minion of evil with a bloodlust for human souls. Now Pinhead's back in the most diabolical Hellraiser of them all - Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth! TV reporter Joey Summerskill (Terry Farrell, Back To School) is on assignment at a local hospital when a bloodied teenage boy is rushed into the emergency room. As Joey watches, the writhing boy is literally torn apart by chains impaling his body. Fleeing the carnage, Joey follows the victim's girlfriend to a downtown nightclub, the Boiler Room. In the apartment above the Boiler Room rests the owner's newly purchased sculpture: A pillar etched with distorted figures and faces. Among the frozen images is Pinhead. Tonight he shall be released.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellraiser III on DVD Finally! August 24, 2001
First, the DVD, it's not the greatest in the world, No Dolby 5.1 Surround, not letterboxed, but nice to complete the series on DVD at last. This is technically the unrated version of the film, 2 added minutes, which is mostly extended gore...Great stuff! There are NO extras either, oh well. It's available, I guess that's what counts and as originally a Paramount Pictures release I wouldn't look for a Collector's Edition any time soon. As for the movie itself, I loved it. With the introduction of new Cenobites, CD head the coolest of them all, gave us a fresh perspective of Pinhead's abilities to replace his former troup. Unfortunately they didn't give his new cohorts a lot time to explore. Pinhead does get more screen time (unlike Hellraiser Inferno) and finally Doug Bradley (not Doug Stewart as mentioned in another review) gets screen time without makeup, gives us a broader view of his backstory and how he became this monstrosity. ("Bloodline" gives us the Lament Configuration Box history). All in all a pretty good film except for some cheesy effects, the melding of Pinhead and Elliott at the end is a good example. Here's hoping for Hellraiser six, although when I met Doug Bradley he told me not to hold my breath for number 5, but I think he needs to redeem himself after "Inferno". To me Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth was Heaven on Earth.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And now for the let down... August 9, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
NO extended or deleted scenes. The film IS anamorphic widescreen, but it fails to mention it on the dvd case--it simply says it's "letterboxed". It's Dolby 2.0 sound with some rear speaker ambience. There's a "Clive Barker The Art of Horror" featurette that runs a half-hour and is an old, dated documentary.The picture looks better than on any of the previous bogus releases, but it hasn't been through any kind of restoration, so the print itself has plenty of wear and tear. Oh well. At least we can rejoice that it's an official widescreen release to include with the rest of the series on our shelves.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Anyone looking to get this movie should know that a real RE-release of it is planned for August OF 2006, by Paramount Pictures. The re-relese will include a new Anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby 5.1 sound, along with a few extras.

This is a decent entry in the Hellraiser saga, and the frist time that this particular chapter is getting a real release. I would suggest anyone wanting this move to wait untill August and by it from Amazon then.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Truly Great Hellraiser Film. June 24, 2008
"I have seen the future of horror and its name is Clive Barker" - Stephen King

Well maybe at the time, Stephen. Hellraiser creator/writer Clive Barker was the J.K. Rowling of Horror in the 80's and 90's. So like King his novels caught the eye of anxious filmakers, wanting to see if it would successfully translate to screen. It seemed like a good idea at the time, due to the huge success of Horror with the likes of Friday The 13th, Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and the like. But after two medicore attempts (Transmutations & Rawhead Rex), it was time for Barker himself to take the reins, and direct what most consider to be his greatest work: The Hellbound Heart, what would eventually be known to filmgoers as simply Hellraiser.

Hellraiser was a landmark film for it's time. Back in 1987, American 80's horror fans hadn't seen a film so graphically surreal, so deep in plot, so....well British. It was a monster hit, giving tired franchises like Friday & Nightmare a run for it's money. He quickly followed it up with Hellbound:Hellraiser II going even deeper and plot-heavy to basically the same success. So once the filmbug bit him real deep, he decided to adapt another best-selling novel of his "Cabal" into a film known as to 1990 audiences Nightbreed. But at the time it didn't work. And just like that Clive Barker went back to the writing board of novels, only returning to the chair five years later with the equally poorly received "Lord Of Illusions". So maybe he wasn't the next Stephen King of films (not that King's film track record was all that great to begin with), but that addition of the two Hellraiser films will forever mark him as one of Horror's greatest pop-icon creators.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Warning: minor spoilers ! ! !

I've been Jones'n for this movie for such a long time it just isn't funny anymore ! I've always known that "Hell on Earth" was not for everyone, but for me, it was a surreal experience since the first time I saw it originally in the theatre.

The night club featured was so much like the old Underground Goth Clubs I had used to frequent like the Torture Garden or the Velvet Dungeon or the Rubber Ball. I saw a special truth that other horror film makers tended to overlook; the restless wanderings of the darker urban club culture. While showcasing their gravity towards their self-loathing empty nomadic existence, they get slaughtered and remade by the Black Pope of Hell.

Pinhead, dose this one amazing mockery towards Golgotha Hillock, and in a church no less ! Also forcing the resident priest to eat-of-his-flesh in further sacrilege to God's son (from Pinhead's own tortured and ruined flesh, symbolically of where the Lancea Longini would of defiled Christ's side - "side" was of course originally translated as of the body, torso, or breast and not literally one's side in the English).

Also, Terry Farrell portrays a disillusioned media conduit of skepticism who is transformed by her witnessing of the seedy supernatural tendrils of precisely manipulated agony from beyond. Everyone from the cartoony news room producer to the needy ex-girlfriend was in perfect tone for this movie.

Where else would you see a movie where scenes of old war carnage are mirror bookend with scenes of modern massacre within the same movie ! If you watch for the near subliminal implications within this movie, you will have a blast at picking out the references to religion/spirituality, social sexual domination, and restless social ennui.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
You can never watch too much of Hellraiser. If you're a fan you must purchase the books too. You'll love them.
Published 1 month ago by The Mrs.
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost Worthy...
I've a strong feeling that this movie was intended to be better and that the studio once again force the creative minds behind this to do something much less inspired. Read more
Published 1 month ago by XDel
5.0 out of 5 stars hellaiser 3
i found that price was fair, the time to get my movie was reasonable amount of time two thums up
Published 2 months ago by Grant Bouchard
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellraiser 3
This movie was for my son. He enjoys these types of movies. I do not care anything about them. Order this movie only if you like these kinds of movies.
Published 3 months ago by Beverly Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars There are rules, even in Hell
This movie often gets allot of flack for being one of the worst but it is a very important part of the series as it accomplishes two very important things:

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Published 6 months ago by Irritable Bowel Syndrome
2.0 out of 5 stars ...and this, right here, is how you flush a great film series down the...
Hellraiser I and II still stand today as some of the greatest horror movies ever made; from the surreal atmosphere, to the makeup, to the music, to the disturbing characterization,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Enemsee Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT TO BAD
This hellraiser movie hell on earth is the best one from all the other movies that were made if you haven't seen any of these movies then you should see 1 nd 2
Published 10 months ago by Greg g
1.0 out of 5 stars watching hellraiser 3 is hell on earth
so, emboldened by the diamond in the rough that was hellraiser 5: inferno, i sat down to watch hellraiser 3: hell on earth with high hopes and rampant optimism. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bugman
3.0 out of 5 stars hellraiser3
i biought this movie cause i like the hellraiser seriies of movie ,it's quite macabre and a story quite interesting.
Published 12 months ago by Eric Woodall
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre horror
Hell raiser 3 is a mediocre horror. Great on gore, but the storyline is not that great. For sentimental reasons, I still recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by j. espinal
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This movie's had a very spotty history on DVD. First we get that cheap-o "special edition" in 2001 and then this version goes out of print in no time. I'm glad I snagged a copy last year.

I really don't know what the plan is. I hope Paramount sells the rights to Blue Underground or... Read more
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