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A Movie That Could Have And Should Have Been A Fitting End To A Brilliant Horror Series
on July 31, 2015
Even though I love the next three movies, the series probably should have ended here...yes, yes, Pinhead does go into outer space, and the effects aren't always amazing and it's all getting a little silly and the whole thing was a little bit silly anyway, but there's something operatic and wonderful about the way this movie escalates so many themes of the series, from the weird S&M version of hell represented by Doug Bradley's Pinhead and the Cenobite crew to the paranoid vision of a decadent occult subculture whose obsession with the dark side of humanity, with addictive and self-destructive behavior is so beautifully symbolized in that wonderful puzzle box whose story is at the core of this movie.
If you love the Hellraiser series, definitely do watch this. If some of the goofiness of the second movie put you off your Pinhead, rest assured that this movie actually plays it relatively straight, even in the outer space scenes. One thing you shouldn't do is pick this one up without watching at least the first movie and probably the next couple as well. It really stands up best in the context of the series.