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Hellraiser VIII: Hellworld [Blu-ray]

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Experience a real-life nightmare in this totally unique chapter from the insanely popular series created by horror master Clive Barker. Starring Lance Henriksen (AVP: Alien vs. Predator), Katheryn Winnick (TV's Bones) and Henry Cavill (TV's The Tudors).

When five hardcore Internet gamers are invited to a special party thrown by the website Hellworld, they are about to endure a night of unspeakable terror they believed only existed in cyber space. Fresh, entertaining and crawling with amazing special effects—don't miss the chilling return of Pinhead in this awesome thriller.

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  • Actors: Lance Henriksen, Henry Cavill, Katheryn Winnick
  • Directors: Rick Bota
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050UEVN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2005
Format: DVD
This is a tough one. Hellraiser: Hellworld is a Hellraiser movie, but it's not really a Hellraiser movie, except that it sort of is. You know something's just not right when Pinhead shows up and just lops off a dude's head without uttering a single one of his gleefully evil aphorisms, not even a quick "Time to play." The Cenobites are all about the sweet pleasure of pain, the beautiful anguish of suffering, the exquisite knowledge that comes with the most intimate exploration of the flesh - but Hellraiser: Hellworld is about death - pure and simple death. And let's face it - there's just no fun in that. Basically, this is a slasher film - until the end, when the filmmakers sort of make a mess of things by redefining the nature of everything we have just seen. It doesn't really work, and - despite a last-minute palliative - sort of leaves a bad taste in the mouth of us Cenobite fanatics. Clearly, the Hellraiser series has lost its focus.

It's not exactly original, but I like the basic storyline. Imagine that there is an addictive, online game called Hellworld, and it's based on the Cenobites we know and love, the puzzle box, etc. A group of friends - who lost one of their other friends two years ago when his obsession with the game consumed him - can't resist the temptation when they win a ticket to a private Hellworld party. Their host is a wonderfully creepy fellow played by Lance Henriksen, who adds a much-needed sense of menace to events as they unfold. After a gnarly tour of the place, the friends wander off to themselves and explore the big Leviathan House - and you know what happens to horror film characters who wander off on their own. The deaths aren't all that satisfying, though, as that's all they are - deaths, messy but much too quick.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Etnyre on April 9, 2007
Format: DVD
For whatever it's worth, I am a big fan of the series. And if this film wasn't associated with the franchise, then the review would be gauged differently. Unfortunately, this film simply does not belong under the same title. It is simply a low-budget generic horror flick which borrows the name HELLRAISER, but does not merit further comparison. This film is a big disappointment on several levels. Most notably, it has very little to do with the Hellraiser story, and even Pinhead has a small role, his limited presence relegated to an explanation too stupid and lame to indulge, though I won't spoil the plot for those still curious. Secondly, the draw of the storyline was a website/web-based VR game called Hellworld, which draws in the players to their own doom. I like the premise of a website or video game with supernatural overtones, and even will get a look at movies which turn out not to be so good. Again, the premise of Hellworld will prove to be a considerable disappointment.

Like I said, this would have been a middling, unimpressive though tolerable film if it had just been of a nondescript generic origin. Since it tries to milk the HELLRAISER franchise for audience, then it also has a standard it should and will be held to, and should be judged accordingly (2 stars instead of 3). So instead of spoiling the movie, I will give my opinion in hopes of preventing your waste of time & money.

You know what? Forget that. You seem like nice people so I will do you a favor (if you are interested) WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD...

... Hellworld is fake (just a rumor started), and Pinhead is a hallucination triggered by a drug.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin Warren on October 27, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Hellworld is the film that killed my long-spanning interest in the franchise for over seven years. It not only manages to rank among some of the worst films I've ever seen in my life, but it also throws away the Hellraiser mythology, and completely insult the fans in the process by making them look like a bunch of moronic horny teenagers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By guitar god on October 11, 2007
Format: DVD
You really can't blame Rick Bota for his last 3 Hellraiser installments. After all, he manages to add a true air of creepy grittiness and nice visuals despite miniscule budgets and overall lame scripts.

That being said, the screenplay to the 8th Hellraiser installment is far from a continuation of the original Clive Barker concept from the first 2 (or 4, if you're generous) movies. In order to halfway enjoy this movie you have to go into it expecting a typical slasher horror flick. Once you accept that, the movie is decent considering its budget.

One reviewer said that there was nothing redeemable about this movie - I disagree. 3 stars for the smoking hot chick that leads one of the dudes to his doom. ;)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marco Perez on February 26, 2006
Format: DVD
It is sad that these new movies went the wrong way. Pinhead is only 60 seconds in the movie. All actors are really bad, specially Chelsea(Ms.Katheryn Winnick) she is so bad, the movie feels like a home made movie.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Whyle on July 29, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Since this one's been out a while, I'll leave out the review of the actual movie...this is for those who are curious how the blu ray presentation is.

So far I've hated Echo Bridge's horror blu's no secret that they've been doing some poor and sloppy work from the mastering to the graphic design. But being a loyal Hellraiser fan I decided to get this anyway as a potential replacement for my DVD.

I first put it in and was on the brink of complaining...soft, kinda grainy picture, yellowish and faded. But then I put in the DVD for comparison, and that's how that opening scene looks. I could tell the blu ray is sharper...not night and day, but you can see a difference. After watching some more, I decided I'm pretty happy with it. It isn't really demo material for your HDTV, but that could very well be due to the quality of the source material.

Picture is cropped to 1.78:1 while the DVD is 1.85:1...doesn't make much of a difference to me. Audio sounded nice all the way thru - 5.1 surround, bassy where appropriate.

There is only one special feature - the commentary from the DVD. I don't like listening to commentaries over movies, so I'll never use that. They left off the behind the scenes thing...not a big loss, but it's something I probably would've watched again. So... pretty much a fail in the special features department for me.

It has the movie in decent quality. If that's all you're looking for, this is a worthy purchase. I wouldn't recommend paying much more than $15 for it unless you love it and have to have it. I'd say this upgrade makes me hate Echo Bridge a little less.
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