Hellraiser VII: Deader
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Actually, once Pinhead and the other cenobites show up, it makes sense. He isn't in the movie much, and focus is more on the lead actress just trying to understand what she had gotten herself in to. It works for the most part.
I was surprised at how gritty this movie was as well. The violence is intense, and there is a good deal of nudity (mostly female, but a bit of male). The sexual edge that was present in the original Hellraiser is back.
Die hard Hellraiser fans will probably hate this movie. It is way more pulpy in feel. It is grittier than Inferno and Hellseeker, but it still lacks the down to earth feel of the first movie, or the fairy tale horror of the second. Still, it works, and delivers in the disturbing imagery, hardcore gore, dark sexuality, and all while keeping some decent acting and a fairly strong script. Not bad at all.
A newspaper reporter (Kari Wuhrer) who specializes in reporting on - or sensationalizing, depending on your point of view - the above type of happening, receives a videotape purporting to show the suicide and apparant resurrection of a member of a cult called the 'Deaders' and is dispatched by her paper to Romania to investigate. It feels kind of good to take the Hellraiser mythos to Romania, home of Transylvania and thus of Dracula and assorted other movie monsters; though one immediately noticeable flaw is how few people in the movie speak Romanian. I know Europe has a higher multilingual rate than North America, but still...you hear maybe fifteen words of Romanian from bit players and everybody else uses fluent English exclusively. There are no horror movies that I know of filmed in this language and this would have been a great opportunity to give Romanian fans one that's about half in their language (with subtitles of course), half in English. Anyway...
The mood gets darker and bleaker as things move into the rundown sections of Romania, not 'horror-dark' but 'mega-gloomy/nihilistic-dark' and it's a credit to the film's makers that it doesn't veer into the territory of being downright depressing, but avoids that trap and uses the bleakness to its advantage (I feel that 'bleak' is one of the hardest atmospheres to use effectively in a movie).Read more ›
The scare filled plot is full of twists and turns while continuing to expand on Barker's mythology with some nice inside winks to longtime fans.
True Hellraiser fans will put this in their top three along with Hellraiser and Hellbound followed closely by Hellseeker.
Fans of the cheesier Hellraiser 3 & 4 may be dissappointed in less Pinhead, but less definitely is more in this latest installment given 3 out of four stars from Fangoria Magazine.
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Different type story, a reporter, is investigating.
The streets have a dark underground.
They risk death for what ? Read more
hello hellraiser freaky fans,
Having seen all Hellraiser films, I am very pleased with Deader and Hell on Earth. Read more
HELLRAISER VI:: DEADER is yet another cynical attempt by the owners of the franchise to wring coinage out of the pockets of naive, trusting fans of Clive Barker's original 1987... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. G Watson
This was awful for a Hellraiser movie. I like all of them, I can't get enough Pinhead, but this one was just unbearable all around.Published 13 months ago by Erik Paul