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In spirit, I like the DVD cover because it looks like Pinhead is taking a dump and it's a great metaphor for the quality of the movie you're buying. The problem is that it's not actually Pinhead on the cover. Doug Bradley, unfortunately, was too busy rearranging his sock drawer the week they filmed this. When the first photo of the new Pinhead was posted online, I e-mailed it to Doug Bradley. He replied a few hours later with, simply, "lolol."
Stick with the first two.
One would be wrong.
Enter "Hellraiser: Revelations," the ninth installment in the "Hellraiser" series and first in over half a decade. Produced in a matter of weeks and on a shoe-string budget, "Revelations" is essentially a place-holder produced by your good friends at The Weinstein Company in order to retain rights to the franchise while an inevitable remake rots in development Hell. Absolutely minimal thought and care were put into this "film," as each and every frame oozes with idiocy and contempt for its audience.
The plot, while admittedly less convoluted than the past four or so "Hellraiser" films, attempts to align itself with the original and in the process fails miserably. Two pseudo-rebellious teens head to Mexico to indulge in a bit of decadence but get more than they bargained for upon stumbling upon the mysterious and ubiquitous puzzle box. That thing just shows up anywhere, huh? When one of the buddies returns home, he brings home tales of macabre madness and a few cenobites on his tail as well. Can his family survive having their souls torn apart? Will Pinhead get what he wants? Is Tijuana really that dirty? Do you really care?
Admittedly, the film may have been a bit easier to swallow had they hired actual actors to portray the characters on film. Make no mistake, the film is still ridiculous and embarrassing, but for the most part, it's amateur-hour here, with one actor inexplicably slipping in and out of a Scottish accent.Read more ›
They did try to at least go by the original rules of the Hellraiser films. The box, chains, cenobites, skin ripping/ wearing and abundant use of the words "flesh" and "pleasure". Sounds ok right?
Unfortunately, the movie is so low budget and characters sooooo bad that it doesn't even feel like a hellraiser movie. The acting is as bad as anything i've ever seen. Ever. No one is good, no character motivations make sense at all. And to cover how cheap this movie is, they have the characters try and explain why there are only 3 sets and 10 actors in the movie. At least they made the "Mexico" scenes seem authentic HAHA
They didn't use ANY of the original hellraiser muisc, which seems ridiculous. If you can afford to use all the Hellraiser lore and Pinhead. They don't come thru the walls, they just appear in the room. Any usually deep yet terrifying words by Pinhead are replaced by generic dribble.
Some of the gore is pretty good, and they didn't ruin Pinhead or the cenobites worse than anyone else has, but just about everything in this movie is just so stupid that even seeing a few chains, the box and a Fuax Pinhead barely nudge this to 1 star.
This movie isn't going to win any awards, not for special effects, especially not for... well, anything else. The acting is bad, the script is terrible. I disagree with the reviewer who said that the new Pinhead at least delivers his lines in a Bradley-esque way-- Doug Bradley was never so wooden as Pinhead. Pinhead is a lot of voice acting since the character is otherwise so stoic and calm and controlled-- the actor they have in Bradley's place, did, in my opinion, a very poor job. I will always think of Freddy as Robert Englund, but at least the replacement actor in the most recent Elm St. film looked and sounded kinda/sorta right. This Pinhead was off. Way off.
This is a watch it if you must because you love the Hellraiser franchise kind of film. If you can take or leave most sequels, don't waste your time with this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was terrible from the beginning, but a brother and sister making out? Really? Just disgusting.Published 1 day ago by Chrissy Dior
A workable ending for the gruesome horror series. A little disappointing that it is not the same actor who portrayed Pinhead throughout all the previous series & perhaps somewhat... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Hellraiser franchise has had some very bad entries, but Revelations takes the cake for the sh_ttiest. There's no reason for this to have ever been made. Read morePublished 24 days ago by westicles
Sucks and Worst of All sequels.I will Never buy this film to try to complete any collection.If I like it,I will buy it.This One is a turd,No thanks don't need it in my collection!Published 2 months ago by Frankie Vilarreal
Being that this was I think the last installment so far in the Hellraiser series, I did enjoy this one. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer