The Loved Ones in. Check it out when you get the chance. For here I watched Hellraiser: Inferno (2000), the fifth film in the series. I had not watched this one before, and I believe the rest of the series will be new for me as well.
Detective Joseph Thorne (Craig Sheffer) has been called in on a murder investigation. Along with his partner Tony Nenonen (Nicholas Turturro), they discover body parts, chains, and a strange box. Thorne also discovers a severed finger inside a candle. Back at the station, Thorne goes through the evidence from the scene that includes a wallet, which he takes most of the money. He goes home where we learn he is separated from his wife, and his daughter would like to have him home more. Then he picks up a prostitute, which he pays for with the cash he took. The next morning he starts to play around with the box and manages to open it. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and the other Cenobites don't do their usual thing though. This time they decide to mess with Thonre's head for a while.
I was a little confused with Hellraiser: Inferno while watching it. Not because of the plot mind you. This one was four years removed from the last film, which the studio basically took the film and edited it the way they thought it should be because they wanted Pinhead to be shown earlier. In this film Pinhead shows up for a very short scene somewhat early in the film and then isn't seen again until after the hour mark. I was a little shocked by this, but a lot changed in those four years. Hellraiser: Bloodline was the last in the series to see the big screen. Maybe for that reason, knowing this will be a direct to DVD film, the studio decided to allow director/co-writer Scott Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman to do what they wanted.
Some fans don't believe that Hellraiser: Inferno was intended to be a Hellraiser film. I think this is because Pinhead and his Cenobites barely show up at all. This mainly has to do with the fact that Pinhead shows up more as a judge for Thorne more than anything else. Instead of having the Cenobites showing up a lot, this story is more about Thorne and the things he does. At first I didn't like this change, but as the story went, the more interesting it became. I didn't find the movie to be a great one, but it kept me interested in it. I also liked that it was messing with my mind more than being about the gore. Not that there wasn't plenty of that too. It would have been nice if the Cenobites had shown up a bit more often, maybe have someone else play with the box or something like that. The more it showed Thorne being a bad guy, the more I got into the story.
The effects are pretty good. There are a couple of places where I thought they could have been better, but this was mostly when they dipped into the CGI pot. There are several severed fingers along with a head and some other body parts. These effects, and more, are pretty good. I do wish they had left the CGI out, but I understand why it was used. The Cenobites rubbing theirs hands under someones skin was probably my favorite effect out the bunch, even if it didn't look right some of the time. The acting wasn't too bad either. I didn't really care for Craig Sheffer or his character at first, but they both grew on me as the movie went on. One thing that was missing from this film was a female lead. I guess we can't have one in every film though.
I can't complain too much about Hellraiser: Inferno. I have to agree a little bit with the people that felt this one didn't have the feel of a Hellraiser film. I know the first film in the series didn't have the Cenobites show up much either, but the difference for me there was the Cenobites had presence about them that this film failed to have. I appreciate that they made this more of a psychological film, but still kept some of the horror elements at least. Hellraiser: Inferno is a stand alone film, so if you haven't watched the other four films, you don't need to worry about being confused by plot lines that carry over. Not a great film, but I did like it better than part four at least.
3 out of 5 Wondering just how many Cenobites there are
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