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Hellraiser VII: Deader 2005

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Amy Klein (Kari Wuhrer, Eight Legged Freaks) is a tough-as-nails reporter working for an underground newspaper. But when Amy's job leads her to a mysterious cult and the evil Pinhead, any moment could be her last.

Starring:
Kari Wuhrer, Doug Bradley
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Rick Bota
Starring Kari Wuhrer, Doug Bradley
Supporting actors Paul Rhys, Simon Kunz
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By R. Stringini on June 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I went in to this movie with really low expectations. I had not been to happy with the last few Hellraiser films, mainly because they didn't feel like Hellraiser movies at all. Well, this one still feels distant from the core Hellraiser material, but it's nowhere near as far out as parts five and six.

Actually, once Pinhead and the other cenobites show up, it makes sense. He isn't in the movie much, and focus is more on the lead actress just trying to understand what she had gotten herself in to. It works for the most part.

I was surprised at how gritty this movie was as well. The violence is intense, and there is a good deal of nudity (mostly female, but a bit of male). The sexual edge that was present in the original Hellraiser is back.

Die hard Hellraiser fans will probably hate this movie. It is way more pulpy in feel. It is grittier than Inferno and Hellseeker, but it still lacks the down to earth feel of the first movie, or the fairy tale horror of the second. Still, it works, and delivers in the disturbing imagery, hardcore gore, dark sexuality, and all while keeping some decent acting and a fairly strong script. Not bad at all.
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The grittiest and bleakest of the "Hellraiser" saga - in everything from the kind of lighting used to the frequent usage of newspaper/'real-life' type horrors - drug addiction, decaying city slums, suicide, etc. - this is a new feel for the series, and it's a step back up from the good-but-not-great "Hellseeker", although not on level with any of the first five movies.

A newspaper reporter (Kari Wuhrer) who specializes in reporting on - or sensationalizing, depending on your point of view - the above type of happening, receives a videotape purporting to show the suicide and apparant resurrection of a member of a cult called the 'Deaders' and is dispatched by her paper to Romania to investigate. It feels kind of good to take the Hellraiser mythos to Romania, home of Transylvania and thus of Dracula and assorted other movie monsters; though one immediately noticeable flaw is how few people in the movie speak Romanian. I know Europe has a higher multilingual rate than North America, but still...you hear maybe fifteen words of Romanian from bit players and everybody else uses fluent English exclusively. There are no horror movies that I know of filmed in this language and this would have been a great opportunity to give Romanian fans one that's about half in their language (with subtitles of course), half in English. Anyway...

The mood gets darker and bleaker as things move into the rundown sections of Romania, not 'horror-dark' but 'mega-gloomy/nihilistic-dark' and it's a credit to the film's makers that it doesn't veer into the territory of being downright depressing, but avoids that trap and uses the bleakness to its advantage (I feel that 'bleak' is one of the hardest atmospheres to use effectively in a movie).
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In my opinion, this is the best horror series ever made. It's dark, witty and sure delves into the human mind, psyche and investigates the grotesqueries of human nature. Everybody knows we are born evil and the series show that not only are we born evil, we also become more and more evil when we do not limit ourselves to an ordinary life.HELLRAISER 1 portrays the life of a depraved individual and how it affects his relatives.HELLRAISER 2 is about a mundane brain surgeon who believes death is the 4th dimension and spares no expense to see what there is beyond this so-called real world.HELLRAISER 3 is about a demon who is free to roam the earth and wreak havoc.HELLRAISER 4 is about the eternal battle between good VS evil that plagues a cursed family through generations because they made the box that opens the gates of hell.From pts. 1 through 4 there's gore galore,graphic violence and plenty of taboo subjects, such as bondage - S&M.HELLRAISER 5 is about a corrupt police officer who seeks the ENGINEER - a faceless serial killer from HELL.HELLRAISER 6 is about troubled Kristy (the cute girl from HELLRAISER 1)and her braindamaged husband who are involved in a riddle.HELLRAISER 7 (this one) is about a sect who worships the DEVIL (aka LEVIATHAN - the LORD OF THE LABYRINTH) and a journalist who investigates mysterious and bizarre incidents.HELLRAISER 8 is about the INTERNET,which is used by the devil to seduce and kill whoever visits HELLWORLD - the website.From pts.5 through 8 , gore is minimal,so is graphic violence.The atmosphere ,though, is still dark, and all HELLRAISER elements are present here - HUMAN BEINGS ARE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING TO PLEASE THEMSELVES.Parts 1, 5,6,7 & 8 are like the HELLRAISER graphic novels published a decade ago.Read more ›
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I think if Hollywood were to take anything away from the Hellraiser franchise it would be this: quit being such cheap bstrds out to save a little cash and spring for an original friggin' script! HELLRAISER 7, aka HELLRAISER: Deader (2005) is just yet another in a long line (the third so far) of Hellraiser movies that began life as entirely separate entities. Neither HELLRAISER: Inferno, HELLRAISER: Hellseeker nor HELLRAISER: Deader were written as Hellraiser movies, but Dimension films decided they wanted to make more Hellraiser movies and, to not have to pay for a new, original script, they took some old unproduced scripts off the shelf, did some re-writes to include the Lament Configuration and the Cenobites, and they made their movie. And with each one, they just drive the franchise further and further into the ground. Gone is the once-great mythology, gone is the feeling of menace the Cenobites once inspired, and definitely gone is any of the heart Clive Barker put into his original story so long ago.

HELLRAISER: Deader concerns a hard-nosed reporter, Amy Klein (Kari Wuhrer, "Sliders"), who is sent by her editor to Romania to chase a story about a man who can bring the dead back to life. Amy's investigation leads her to the apartment of Marla, an ex-cult member who was brought back by the mysterious Winter, but whom Amy finds choked to death. She also finds a scrapbook, a videotape, and a strange little puzzle box. Which she opens. Or imagines she does. It's not really clear, given what we know of the box, if she did or didn't open it, because it sure looked like she did, and she has a brief flash of chains flying out of it and embedding themselves in her head, but then they're gone and she continues on with her evening. So I don't know.
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