Saturday, October 15, 2011

Movie Review: Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)

Hellraiser: Inferno movie poster
Title: Hellraiser: Inferno
Release Date: October 3, 2000 (USA)
Run Time: 1 hour and 39 minutes
Genre: Horror
Rating: C

I would have to say that the Hellraiser franchise is one of my favorites of all time.  The first one was great, the second one was even good, the third was okay and past the third it gets a little iffy.  This Hellraiser, Hellraiser V was...interesting.

If you've ever seen a Hellraiser movie, then you know that they center around the puzzle box.  In this one, Detective Joseph Thorne, asshole extraordinaire, goes to a murder scene and discovers the puzzle box.  At the scene, they discover a child's severed finger in a candle, which makes Thorn determined to find the man torturing this child.  After a night with a hooker, (even though he's married with a daughter) he pulls out the puzzle box, and solves it.  Big mistake.  This puts Thorne on a chase to find the killer, known as the Engineer.  And all sort of insanity ensues.

As far as scary goes, this was....not really.  It was really more of a 'blow your mind' type movie.  I was almost glad that Thorne had all these crazy things happen to him, because he was a character that you could really hate from the very beginning.  Which, of course, was the point.  In true Hellraiser fashion, we end the film with some sort of philosophical nonsense about how Thorne has created his own hell.
There was the normal gore, and the sound effects they used were pretty disgusting.  There were scenes that they wouldn't show the gore, but you could hear things and it was pretty gross.  The makeup effects were pretty good, for the most part.
My favorite part of the Hellraiser franchise is the cenobites.  Of course there was Pinhead, but there were only 2 other cenobites.  There was The Twins and then The Torso.  But I guess since this one was fairly simple, there wasn't a need for some of the other ones.

Overall, if you're going to watch the trilogy, I say stick to the first 3.  This is by far not the worst horror movie I've seen, but its not super fantastic either.  So, for that reason, I give it a C.  Not a plus or a minus, just a C.

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