Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)

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Loved the first movie, the second one was great. The third film was “meh” in my opinion even though some seem to think it’s the best in the series. The forth was an improvement although a part of it was in space which is the typical death for a horror franchise. My last review was on the 5th and I liked it so now we are on number six and right away we get to see a face that we haven’t seen in a long time, Ashley Laurence back as Kirsty Cotton and I know fans had been waiting for her to return.

For those who don’t remember or never watched the first 2 (you should be ashamed of yourself) she was the main character and did a fantastic job. Sadly it seems that right away though she is ripped away from us due to a car wreck in which she drowns, from there we get exposed to the husband who seems to be suffering from amnesia. The crux of the story is that Kirsty’s body is missing and the biggest suspect right now is the husband.

Right away we are treated with some off putting scenes including needles being pressed into a man’s brain which is pretty hardcore. This was actually one of the goriest parts of the whole movie. At the end there is a scene with the chains like all Hellraiser movie should have but other than that the kills were rather tame and kind of disappointing for the franchise but I’m not the biggest gore fans anyways.

The husband Trevor is played by Dean Winters and considering that this is his one and only horror movie he does a great job. He and Ashley actually look like they could be a great couple in the photos you see of them together. Sadly there are three other girls in his life that he seems to care about slightly more than his wife. Sarah Jane Redmond, Jody Thompson and Kaaren de Zilvaalldid an alright job at their role, nothing too special and nothing that was awful either. It would have been nice if there was more of a reason to care about these women but because of whom they were and their role it was impossible to care. Travis’s friend was played by Trevor White ad he was only as good as needed to be in the part.

One thing that I really like about this movie and the last one is that there is an element of trying to figure out what is going on. There is always the cenobites and in the end you know that they have a lot to do with events but a lot of the time it seems like we are going from A>D without C D. Like inferno there is a feeling that these are turning into cautionary tales instead of just a horror flick. Now this one and the last ones were not originally Hellraiser movies so there was a quick rewrite but I don’t think that should detract from film and I also think that they hold up alright. There is enough wiggle room in the franchise to allow this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN_8Pl0gexo

So yeah…I like it. Might not being surprising that I like a Hellraiser film.

Grade B

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