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Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)

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Hellraiser
> Hellraiser (1987)
> Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
> Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (1992)
> Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
> Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
> Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)
> Hellraiser: Deader (2005)
> Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
> Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)
> Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)
Director:
Rick Bota Rick Bota
Starring:
Dean Winters Dean Winters
Ashley Laurence Ashley Laurence
Doug Bradley Doug Bradley
Rachel Hayward Rachel Hayward
Sarah-Jane Redmond Sarah-Jane Redmond

5.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Horror, Sex Horror, Supernatural Horror
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Review by Tristan
Added: October 25, 2007
I know that after the first couple of films in the series, they went pretty downhill, but that's no excuse for not completing the series on here. This is cinematographer Rick Bota's first directing attempt, and the studio liked it so much, they brought him back for another two installments. As a kid I loved the Hellraiser series before I was old enough to clue into what a bad movie really was. This one doesn't follow the same storyline as the first few did, and I really don't think they needed to reboot the series, but as most of us know, it's much easier to run a successful franchise into the ground a little harder than try and come up with an original idea.

As our sixth installment begins, Trevor (Dean Winters) and Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) are out for a drive along the countryside when tragedy strikes. While kissing in the car, a big no-no, they swerve off the road to avoid hitting another car, and their car plummets off a bridge into a river. While Trevor gets out no problem, Kirsty's seatbelt seems to be stuck, and she is trapped inside the car. Trevor wakes up in a hospital some time later and is visited by a police officer who says that Kirsty is missing. The police officer explains to Trevor, much to his surprise, that these events occurred over a month ago. It would seem that Trevor's head injury was a little more severe than we first though.

After he leaves the hospital and returns to work, he has recurring flashbacks of all the events taking place over the last month. Turns out he's fucked around with a few women, and is really just a lousy guy. As the police still can't find Kirsty's body, he becomes the prime suspect for the homicide of his wife. As his life continues to spiral out of control, Pinhead (Doug Bradley) shows up to give him a little taste of reality. Trevor has spent the last month in Hell living in limbo, and all the pieces he's used to try and rebuild his life have all meant nothing. Unfortunately for Trevor, it's a long, hard road out of hell.

I personally felt that this film went back to the roots a little bit. For the past few films, Pinhead was much more of a antagonist, while in this one, he was sort of secondary. I think this is what Clive Barker tried to achieve with the first one. Pinhead and the Cenobites were not so much murderers, instead the focus is on what the main characters do to each other, and whether or not they deserve what they get. I also felt that Bota tried to copy Barker by introducing the characters in a way that made you relate to them, rather than just a lot of on-screen violence and special effects to draw you in. Unfortunately, he didn't pull it off as well as Barker, but you can't help but be glad he tried. It would have been a step in the right direction for the series if he'd done it correctly.

It was also nice to see Ashley Laurence back to reprise her role as Kirsty Cotton. Usually something like that breathes a little life into a dying series, but this isn't the case here. She doesn't have enough screen time to really make much of a difference on the movie. When she is on screen however, she does a very fine job, I must say that. As for Doug Bradley, well, there wasn't much for him in this movie. As always, he was wonderful as Pinhead, but he can only be as good as his lines, which were to say, pretty weak for this film.

So did I enjoy Hellseeker? Not particularly, but I found it for under $5, so that's always a plus. Any movie with the Cenobites is worth at least one or two viewings, and while it was not even close to the original, it was still leaps and bounds better than half the schlock out there today.

5/10
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 10/25/2007, 04:29 PM
This might be my least favorite of the entire franchise. It was just too damned boring. It wasn't scary at all, we didn't get nearly enough Pinhead, and the plot followed this bizarre circular logic that didn't work. Bad, bad movie. 2/10.
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 01/31/2011, 11:00 PM
I felt there was too much copying of Inferno for me to really enjoy it, although I loved Kirsty's role at the end. I'd go 6.
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