Sunday, 1 January 2012

01/01/2012: Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth [1992]

This is the third installment in the Hellraiser saga, which drops our heroine of the past two movies Kirsty but maintains true to the story established by the previous two. This is a good way to carry on a saga, freshen it up with new characters, whilst maintaining the horrific villain people know.

The movie surprisingly seems tamer than the previous two, featuring only a couple seconds of skinless humans, much less exploding bodies, less sex, no nudity and even less gore. A strange turn in the Hellraiser series of which these things had been the basis of. The movie also features a new band of Cenobites to accompany Pinhead who just aren't on par with the last trio.

However this can be forgiven as, when watching Hellraiser and knowing the series only steadily crashes down I wasn't expecting much. If your looking for a movie of this sort you should still be satisfied. My favourite scenes are by far the female cop, blandly and expressionlessly stating " Shit gasoline" and Joey. when the priest explains demons aren't real asking " then what the fuck is that?"

While it seems Hellraiser III has toned it down a little, it keeps itself watchable for a fan of the series by staying true to the last two movies.


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