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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I expected it to be., November 2, 2011
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This review is from: Hellraiser: Revelations (DVD)
For a film that was made on a 2 week budget for $300,000 dollars so that the Weinstein's could maintain their chokehold on this franchise, it isn't the all out disaster that it could have been. In fact, this is so much better than any of the garbage Rick Bota directed (HELLSEEKER, DEADER, HELLWORLD) that I'm surprised at the fan reaction. This one actually bothers to take the HELLRAISER mythology seriously and to me, it seems like a return to form. The make-up and gore effects actually manage to be above average. The musical score is at times reminscent of the original. The two lead actors, Nick Eversman and Jay Gillespie are generally pretty good. The lighting design for the Cenobite sequences looks quite authentic. The film retains the mood of the original HELLRAISER films and there are several clever nods to the original in this one. Of course the elephant in the room is the lack of Doug Bradly as Pinhead. He is replaced by Stephan Smith Collins (although apparently this isn't his voice in the film - Pinhead is voiced by Fred Tatasciore) and he fills the horror icons shoes much better than Jackie Earl Haley in the awful NIGHTMARE remake or the guy (whose name escapes me) who did Jason in the equally awful FRIDAY remake. In fact I would say that this new HELLRAISER film is far better than the average horror remake coming out these days. With all of the good stuff said, there are plenty of flaws in this film. How long can someone survive a gunshot wound to the gut? Apparently quite a long time as Steven Brand (who inexplicably gets top billing in this thing) spends nearly half the film with his guts hanging out. Why are the mothers and sister of the two lead boys dressed as prostitutes? Why didn't they hire someone to play the Vagabond character who could act? Honestly the film isn't a total trainwreck but it certainly will not do anything to improve the reputation of this franchise that has suffered so badly since it fell into the paws of the Weinsteins who of course could care less about the quality of anything they produce as long as they can make money from it (and the fact that they have flushed their entire fortune down the toilet more than once only to remake it with a lucky break dosen't say much for them). And who can blame them for wanting money...but they are not interested in film ... they are merely business men and this is what happens to a cool little independent series when the business guys are in complete control of it. This isn't the worst of the bunch by a long shot, DEADER deserves that spot followed closely by HELLWORLD. It is a film that could have been great if it were not so handicapped by budget and time constraints.
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Initial post: Sep 18, 2012 11:31:08 PM PDT
Chris Cox says:
friday remake was done with ken kirsinger whom was in freddy versus jason. i9 own a copy of it "the killer cut"

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 6:01:42 AM PDT
I didn't like the film but I absolutely agree that this film could have been good if it weren't for budget and time constraints. If they had a decent budget and amount of time I can see it as being one of the best films in the franchise. But like you said the people who own the rights don't seem to care about much besides money, it seems like that's all companies care about these days sadly. My biggest complaint would probably be the new cenobite that looked like Pinhead, I hated the idea of having another cenobite that looked similar to Pinhead it felt like a lazy move on the movie's part, like something they would do when they were out of ideas or didn't want to waste time thinking up a new, original cenobite.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2015 10:47:02 PM PDT
Derek Mears was Jason in the remake. It's Kirzinger, BTW. Know what you're talking about before you speak. ; )
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