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Hellraiser: Inferno

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A spine-tingling thriller, HELLRAISER: INFERNO is the next inescapably terrifying chapter in the heart-stopping HELLRAISER series! It's the powerful story of a shady L.A. detective (Craig Sheffer -- THE PROGRAM, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT) who finds himself lost in a darkly nightmarish world of evil when he solves the mysterious puzzle box that releases the diabolical demon, Pinhead! As those around him begin to meet tragic fates, he sets out to conquer the horrifying Pinhead and escape eternal hell! Also starring popular Nicholas Turturro (TV's NYPD BLUE, EXCESS BAGGAGE), HELLRAISER: INFERNO combines great special effects and relentless thrills to deliver exciting, edge-of-your-seat entertainment!

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This is the first Hellraiser sequel that doesn't bear the imprimatur of creator Clive Barker, and that makes it a sequel that many Hellraiser fans will want to disown, but they shouldn't dismiss it altogether. Now under the control of Miramax producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the franchise takes an entirely new direction, and Inferno is primarily a detective thriller in which a corrupt cop (Craig Sheffer) takes on a case that will judge his soul and, ultimately, damn him forever. His judge and jury will be Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and his legion of twisted Cenobites, but before he can be tried and condemned, Sheffer's cop will watch as those around him are killed off one by one, leaving a trail of blood (and telltale severed fingers) that leads back to the torment of his own youth.

So, what you really have here is a variation on It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, with all the themes reversed to hellish extremes. The plot doesn't hold together all that well, but you can't fault the film for establishing and maintaining a heavily somber tone. This is pretty dark stuff, after all, and although Hellraiser fans will lament that Pinhead's appearance is relatively brief, he's presented here in an intriguing new light--not merely an icon of pain and suffering, but a giver of counsel and justice to those (like Sheffer's cop) who arguably deserve the eternal anguish they will receive. Does that make Pinhead a good guy? If this otherwise lugubrious sequel achieves anything, it's that it raises that question and lets the viewer decide. --Jeff Shannon

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Special Features

  • "Secrets of Hellraiser Revealed" A conversation with Doug Bradley (Pinhead)

Product Details

  • Actors: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley, Nicholas Sadler
  • Directors: Scott Derrickson
  • Writers: Scott Derrickson, Clive Barker, Paul Harris Boardman
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, David Matthew Jordan, Harvey Weinstein, Jesse Berdinka
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y634
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellraiser: Inferno" on IMDb

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2000
Format: DVD
After having watched all four Hellraiser movies, I think Hellraiser Inferno is completely different. Well, I have got the feeling that a lot of true Hellraiser fans won't like this chapter. The protagonist of this movie isn't very sympathic and friendly: he takes drugs, sleeps with hookers(even though he has got a beautiful wife) and denounces his partner at the police station. A lot of people will despise this character and turn off the tv. However I stayed with this broken character and it is quite interesting to see how he unleashes the horrors of the box. His evil character traits are essential for the end of movie. Another flaw is that Pinhead only appears for two or three minutes on the screen. Nonetheless the movie deals with the desperate search of the protagonist for a mysterious person called the Engineer, who is connected with the box. If you accept the fact that this Hellraiser movie is completely different from the other parts, you'll enjoy a great and dark horror thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By didgeridoo on December 28, 2005
Format: DVD
I am a fan of the Hellraiser series, a movie series popular enough to spawn several sequels. I loved Hellraiser for the concept of pain and desire. I watched this film with no doubts. It was very enjoyable. Thorne, the main character seems to be the "bad" guy. It is in a noir style also. Thorne has a very dirty background, for doing many criminal activities such as drug snorting and cheating on his wife by spending nights with prostitues.

At the scene of his previous case. A familiar face turns up at the scene, barely recognizable, a acquaintance he has tortured plenty in school. Thorne is quickly interested at the several items found, a child's finger inside a candle and atop that, a puzzle box.

Eventually Thorne is overrun by his curiousity and steals the box and solves it. Then he finds himself in another world, leaving the room and encountered by cenobites and others. He runs into Pinhead and kills him, Thorne will think he is still alive, but he is not, he is in his own personal psychological Hell. From then on, he will experience the losses of people close to him, his snitch Nenonen and his family quickly get destroyed, and eventually he find out that he is trapped in that psycho Hell of his for the rest of eternity. He will have to experience the last few days of his life over and over.

A great storyline for a Hellraiser and recommended for not the fans of Pinhead, but the Hellraiser concept itself, it dosen't focus on the flesh and desire of people, it focuses on other stuff. A concept much dreadful and unholy then the mutilation of people. 5 out of 5 for a great Hellraiser.

~Kevin
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
Format: DVD
If you pay close attention, you'll notice that the opening credits of HELLRAISER: INFERNO are missing the words "Clive Barker." In its place are a couple guys whose last names are Weinstein. That's a clue right there: this movie isn't interested in building on the Hellraiser mythos.

It IS interested in clues, though. Craig Sheffer (of One Tree Hill) narrates the film as Detective Joseph Thorne. Joe is a good cop ("I'm good with puzzles" he growls) but not a good man. He wishes he was good, but can't be bothered to do much more than wish. Not until people he knows start dying.

Along for the ride is Joe's hapless partner, Detective Nenonen (played by John Turturro's youngest brother, Nick). Together the two stumble onto a case involving sadistic deaths, a strange puzzle box, and a criminal mastermind known only as The Engineer. At the scene of each crime is found the severed finger of a mysterious child who -- by all accounts -- is still alive.

It's actually a pretty cool idea, when all is said and done, but the delivery here is tiresome. Sometimes films confuse the word "mysterious" with "confusing," and here its no different. Joe is tormented by mysterious dreams and hallucinations, grotesque visions that blur the line between reality and nightmare. Loathesome though he may be, Joe is the audience's viewpiece, and viewers are bound to realize they're being manipulated long before Joe discovers the same thing about himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quinn on December 24, 2005
Format: DVD
First off, Pinhead may have apparently "died" in Bloodline, but that took place in the future. Inferno very obviously takes place in the present. Secondly, that wasn't pinhead in the cowboy outfit, it was the pseudo-cenobite that represented the detective's dark side. If you had bothered to actually pay attention to either movie, you might have figured those points out on your own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on November 3, 2004
Format: DVD
The "Hellraiser" series achieves a rare and difficult distinction with "Inferno", delivering the 5th consecutive entry in a series to be outstanding. Generally, in a long-running franchise - even the best ones - it's to be expected that there'll be chapters that just don't measure up to the best. It would eventually happen in the Hellraiser series itself - "Hellseeker" being a decent movie but not on par with the first 5. Those first five, however, are of a universally excellent quality that ranks as possibly the best straight run of franchise entries of all time. Part of it may be achieved by the Barker effect; it seems it's very hard to do a bad Clive Barker movie - even on one where he's not directly involved - working on one just seems to bring out the best in everyone involved from the performers to the directors to the score composers, and on.

"Inferno" does not follow "Hellraiser: Bloodline" directly. Not to give anything away on that movie, but its box description does bill it as an anthology, with segments happening in the past, roughly the present, and the future. "Inferno" doesn't follow the ending segment, instead returning to the modern time frame; in fact it's difficult to pinpoint exactly where chronologically it takes place, which isn't a minus but adds to the timeless feel of the mythos. The movie begins as a story of a police investigation into a homicide, with Craig Sheffer turning in the best performance of his career as a heartless, totally amoral detective and Nicolas Turturro outstanding as his considerably more likable partner.
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