Alen Smithee, Kevin
Bruce Ramsay, Valentina
Vargas, Kim Myers, Doug Bradley, Charlotte Chatton
In this installment of the Hellraiser
series we witness the birth of the the puzzle box. Then, we follow a war
between the demons and Phillip Le Marchand’s bloodline through the ages. And
somehow in the midst of all of this Pinhead somehow wined up in space
For what could have been a potential disaster Hellraiser 4 has a few things
which keeps it alive. The story is being told through three perspectives we
get a looks at how the puzzle box has affected the course of past, present and
future. And I must say it provides for an entertaining and interesting viewing
experience. I loved the colonial English segment, it’s the goriest and
the best part of the film by far. It introduces a very
seductive demon named Angelique, it has very over the top gore and has that
very dark feeling like the first 2 Hellraiser movies. Hellraiser is meant to
be in an English setting even though that time period is years before the
setting in the originals it really worked. I wish the whole movie took place
in the 18th century.
The movie really began to lose me when it jumped to the present setting. I
doubt I was the only one confused here. Pinhead shows up with his evil aura
and there are way too many scenes of him communicating with Angelique. I felt
like I was watching a drama all of the sudden with their flirting with each
other and conjuring up their evil plans together. When Pinhead kidnaps the
hero’s wife and young son in order to lure him into the trap. I begin to
think Oh how the mighty have fallen Pinhead has gone from one of horror movies
most intimidating villains to a minion with average evil schemes.
Pinhead is no longer the demon we love to hate, the impartial demon that goes
by the rules. He’s now the same class of villain we encounter in almost
every horror film. But even with him not being the installments strongest
entry as he has been in previous films you cannot have a genuine Hellraiser
movie without him. Every time he shows up we don't get that vide of uh oh
troubles about to happen but, we we feel like saying to ourselves oh
brother what does he have to say this time? As much as I love the gore in this
film I truly felt like some of it was truly unnecessary, but the good
storytelling helps to make up for it.
The opening segment in space is a good opener but, the ending which also takes
place in space was a huge disappointment and very cliché, how many times have
we seen this same ending before? just watch almost any horror movie which,
takes place in space to find out. Pinhead has his share of fun while him and
his minions wreak havoc in the space station. Even though the murders are very
gruesome, the ending stalk sequences could have been done a whole lot better.
Pinhead really gets played for a fool in his death sequence which, was painful
for me to watch. I was thinking who ever scripted this
ending should be shot.
On a good point some of the characters in this movie did stand out in a
positive way. Notably The chatterer demon reminiscent of the cenobite from the
first two Hellraiser movies, Angelique is a very attractive horror movie villains
and the gore is plentiful, but all in all, this is an average sequel and like
most sequels, it still forgets where it came from. The Hellraiser movies were
always inconsistent but, at least they were innovative
and unique. This sequel doesn’t have the elements of what made the first two
Hellraisers special. Hellraiser is standing on its last leg and Pinhead is a
shell of his former self. Truly sad I must say.
Bruce Ramsay (Phillip John Paul) gives a solid performance. He has the task of
performing in three roles in this movie here and does very well with all of
them. Valentina Vargas (Angelique) is hot. She has that extreme sex appeal but
still is very dangerous .I hope to see more of her in upcoming films. Kim
Myers (Bobbi) delivered a decent performance and played her part well. Doug
Bradley (Pinhead) delivers his evil monologues with ease but, boy did his
character suffer in this film. You cant really blame that on the actor who
ever scripted pinheads scenes should get the axe. Charlotte Chatton
(Genevieve) was solid and has good chemistry.
If you want gore you got it and I mean plenty of it this film definitely
appeals to of bloodthirsty fans of the horror movie genre. This movie contains
the material nightmares are made of and then some. Think god that the
Cenobites are a closer rendition of what they used to be none of the make
shift crap we saw in Hell on Earth The movie has some nice shots, good style,
excellent job with the appearance of the spaceship but, there’s something
about this film that doesn’t feel right. The film took a nosedive after the
18th century segments it becomes very boring and bland.
I remember the taglines for the films used to be: "You open the box, they
come". Part 3 did a good job with butchering that and Part 4 continues
the same trend. The first two were classics in my opinion. They were original,
very gutsy and were on a whole new level compared to most horror released
during that time span. But Part 3 and Part 4 are very modern, and unoriginal.
I hate to say it but, I think the Hellraiser murder train maybe running out of
steam. This movie is definitely entertaining there's no denying that but, just
like its predecessor, its a disappointment. I hear the next installment has a
Hellraiser title slapped on it but, has nothing to do with the series.
Thankfully I hear there's a Hellraiser: Hellseeker in the works I'm hoping and
praying they can go back on track with that one. If not get ready to say the
eulogy for the Hellraiser series.