Sunday, December 13, 2015

HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD (aka Hellraiser 8)

Hellraiser: Hellworld Movie Review

Two years after losing their friend to the game "Hellworld", a group of teens accept an invitation to a "Hellworld" party, where nothing is quite as it seems. So we are into the 21st Century, and "Hellworld" is an online game based on Hellraiser--though the film never quite makes it clear if the cult following is based on the Hellraiser films or based on real life events, and Pinhead and company have become urban legends--not that any of this really matters. The group gets to the creepy house that holds the party, and we meet the host with the most--a mysterious man played by horror legend Lance Henriksen.

"Were you invited here, officer?"

As has become tradition at this point, this was based on a project that was not originally a Hellraiser film, but it feels much more like one that certain other movies in the series--unfortunately, that's not nearly enough to save it. The acting, aside from Henriksen, is abysmal, and yes, that includes pre-Superman Henry Cavill. The plot is highly questionable, and the utterly ridiculous actions and behaviors of the lead characters pretty much leave you wishing they would all just die already. The dialogue? Don't even ask. All is not lost in this film, however. There is a fair amount of gore and some interesting death scenes. The ending, while not completely unpredictable, was enough to satisfy--I know that not all the questions were answered, but with such a convoluted attempt at a plot, that was bound to be the case. More than anything, however, this film is known as the final time Doug Bradley took on the pinhead role before bowing out of the series.

Can you blame him?

Honestly, there's not a lot to like about this film. It's worth seeing if you care to take in the entire series, and is mildly interesting here and there, but is certainly not something you should go out of your way to catch otherwise.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

Hellraiser: Hellworld Movie Trailer

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