Hellraiser : Revelations (Part 9)

Tag line : From the Mind of Clive Barker...

Hellraiser : Revelations (Part 9)A film that is bound to greatly divide fans of the series more than any of the previous movies, not because it returns to the original format from the earlier films, BUT because it has someone else playing Pinhead ("Heresy" I hear you cry).

The story for this latest outing revolves around the family of a missing teenager named Steven (Nick Eversman), who disappeared with his friend Nico (Jay Gillespie) one year earlier whilst travelling round Mexico.

Steven's sister Emma suspects that her mother knows more about their disappearance then she is letting on, and rummaging through his belongings, finds one of those lament configuration puzzle boxes (you can see where this is leading). But as she begins to play about with it, her brother suddenly appears outside covered in blood.

Shocked at his appearance, they find that the blood is not actually his, and he tells them that he escaped from the world of the Cenobites (kind of like Uncle Frank did in the first film). Needless to say, Pinhead is not very happy about another one getting away and will stop at nothing to drag him back to hell, as the family are about to discover. But it seems Steven is not really who he appears to be and there's a new cenobite who has a score to settle with him...

Loosely based on Clive Barker's book "The Hellbound Heart", the film is basically a reworking of the original Hellraiser. Whilst some may argue this is still better than adapting unrelated scripts, which the other later sequels did, it is very obvious this was an extremely rushed production. Indeed, the whole film was written and filmed in a matter of weeks just so that Dimension films could hang onto the rights to the franchise, and this shows.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about the film. Portions of it are made up of "lost camera" footage from the lads camcorders found in their belongings, which brought a Blair Witch element to the film, which I wasn't sure about and there's also a new Cenobite, like a Pinhead junior, which I wasn't sure about either ("mini me" anyone?). The old vagrant, seen in the first 3 films who goes around selling puzzle boxes, is back (has he got a stash of these or something?) which is arguably a good thing. HOWEVER, the real let down is the fact that Doug Bradley, the iconic face of Pinhead, is not in this, being played this time by Stephen Smith Collins.

I think, to be honest, the most positive thing I can say about the film is that I didn't hate it. Had they given this a larger budget and some decent actors, this might have been a half decent film. Again, one for die hard fans of the series only.

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The film was rushed into production as Dimension films needed to produce another Hellraiser sequel otherwise they would have lost the rights to the franchise. As a result, the film was scripted inside of a fortnight and was shot in just three weeks

  • The budget was a mere $300,000.

  • Clive Barker reacted quite adversely to the films ad campaign which said it was "From the mind of Clive Barker" to which he publicly stated on his Twitter page "I have nothing to do with that fucking film, it's not even from my butt-hole". Oh dear!

  • Doug Bradley stated on his website that he was not officially approached to reprise the role of Pinhead, largely due to the films tight shooting schedule and low budget. But given these constraints, wouldn't have done so anyway.

  • The names of Steven and Nico's families were Craven and Bradley, which were references to horror director Wes Craven and horror star Doug Bradley.

  • The script was written by special effects artist Gary J Tunnicliffe, who did the effects for several of the Hellraiser films.

  • Director Victor Garcia also directed the horror sequels, "Return to House on Haunted Hill", "30 Days of Night 2 : Blood Trails" and "Mirrors 2".

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