Hellraiser: Hellworld

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Rating: R

Starring:
Doug Bradley as Pinhead
Katheryn Winnick as Chelsea
Christopher Jacot as Jake
Henry Cavill as Mike
Khary Payton as Derrick
Anna Tolputt as Allison
Lance Henriksen as The Host
Victor McGuire as Cop 1
Michael Regan as Chatterer Cenobite
Dave Robinson as Cop 2
Gary J. Tunnicliffe as Bound Cenobite

Special Features:
Ticket to Hellworld: A Behind the Scenes Look

Feature Commentary By Director Rick Bota, Writer Joel Soisson, Special Makeup Effects Designer Gary J. Tunnicliffe & Executive Producer Nick Phillips

Other Info:
Widescreen – 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Synopsis:
This is the eighth Hellraiser film. The following is from the DVD cover:

“Experience a real-life nightmare in this all-new and totally unique chapter in the terrifying and insanely popular series created by horror master Clive Barker. Starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Scream 3) — and once again Doug Bradley as the infamous Pinhead! When five hardcore internet gamers are invited to a special party thrown by the website Hellworld, they are about to endure a night of unspeakable terror they believed only existed in cyberspace! Fresh, entertaining, and crawling with amazing special effects, don’t miss the chilling return of Pinhead in this awesome thriller from Dimension Home Video.”

Hellraiser: Hellworld is rated R for strong violence/gore, sexual content and language.

The Movie:
Hellraiser: Hellworld is your standard horror fare. It has a plot that makes little sense, pretty young people running around and getting picked off one by one, gore, and sex. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have much original to offer. Like the last Hellraiser movie, it is actually a non-Hellraiser script tweaked around to be one of the numerous sequels in the series. A twist at the end makes it interesting, but that’s not quite enough to make it worth enduring the rest of the movie. And despite the fact that the cover makes it looks like Pinhead is in cyberspace, he’s not. The online world has very, very little to do with this movie.

Joining the Hellraiser series is Lance Henriksen. Though he’s done his fair share of stinkers in the past, he seems to add an element of class to the film. In fact, he’s more menacing than Pinhead himself. The rest of the cast is rather forgettable, but Katheryn Winnick as Chelsea, the heroine, is a pretty face to look at as the mayhem unfolds. She might be good if given some better material.

The Extras:
There are only two bonus features on this DVD. The first is your standard “making of” video. It has behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew, and more. Unfortunately only two of the cast members appear for interviews. The second bonus feature is the commentary by the crew. They talk about filming overseas, a bit about adapting the story, and tales from the set. Again, it’s your standard DVD fare.

The Bottom Line:
I can’t really recommend this movie to anyone other than Hellraiser fans. It’s not scary enough or unique enough to recommend it as a great horror film. Fans of Lance Henriksen may enjoy seeing him in this film, but otherwise it doesn’t have much to offer.

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