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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
- "Secrets of Hellraiser Revealed" A conversation with Doug Bradley (Pinhead)
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The story: corrupt detective Joseph Thorne (Craig Sheffer, A River Runs Through It) sees the sleazy, cushy life he's carved out for himself turn into a nightmare when a brutal crime scene leads him to the Lament Configuration, opening the door to a mind-bending case regarding a mysterious "Engineer" and terrifying apparitions.
"Inferno" is a stand-alone story in the "Hellraiser" universe: it's the first movie which neither follows the plot thread laid in the original film nor attempts to significantly develop any existing character (i.e. Pinhead). The movie plays from the protagonist's perspective, hardly referencing any past canon and making every new discovery about the ways of the Cenobites scarier. What I love most about this is that it throws a new shroud of mystery over Pinhead and his fellows: after seeing the Cenobites thoroughly deconstructed during the last two movies, it's great to have them presented as enigmatic monsters again.Read more ›
Our latest story revolves around Detective Thorne (Craig Sheffer; Nightbreed), who is perhaps the least likable protagonist of the series so far as a drug-using adulterer who neglects his family and frames his partner. Thorne discovers the Puzzle Box and some macabre clues at a murder scene where the victim was apparently torn apart in his luxurious home, decorated and candlelit for an occult ritual. Thorne solves the Puzzle Box and encounters some Cenobites, but is neither shredded and taken to Hell nor forced to bargain for his soul. Instead he wakes up (as if from a dream) and is occasionally haunted by Cenobites. Well this is a strange and welcome change…
The franchise continues to expand the Hellraiser mythology, although with less impact here than before.Read more ›
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.
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Still love to see what each Hellraiser has to offer as far as story line.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pinhead returns in this sequel to the Hellraiser series. I didn’t think this was bad at all. I know some people hated this one, but I liked it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Witchie
this wasnt that great of a movie... but I have to have the whole collection from Hellraiser... I mean now... Doug Bradley is the 1 and only true Pinhead... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scary_Larry
The hellraiser series was one of the best horror films, basing its premise upon recurring characters whose origins are of a theological and supernatural nature. Read morePublished 19 months ago by crosscountryman
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