Friday, November 1, 2013

Movie Review: Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth (1992)

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth
Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth - Poster Image

Written by Peter Atkins
Directed by Anthony Hickox

JoAnne...Terry Farrell
J.P....Kevin Bernhardt
Terri...Paula Marshall

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth - Boiler Room

Up-and-coming reporter JoAnne is investigating a bizarre death that seems connected to the Boiler Room night club, going much farther to get the story than anybody would have thought possible. Like through the looking glass, for example.

J.P., the douchey owner of the night club, accidentally unleashed hell on Earth when he purchased an objet dé art for the Boiler Room's decor, a revolving pillar sculpture that contains a plethora of souls, and the mysterious puzzle box. One of J.P.'s sexual conquests is consumed by the pillar, returning Pinhead to life...or at least his pin head to life. In order to fully escape from his prison, Pinhead needs more blood; J.P. sees, if nothing else, an easy way to get rid of his one night stands. And when Pinhead gets his fill, he pays mankind a little visit, going so far as to recreate some of them in his image.

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth - Goth 'n' the box

This is a decidedly 'nineties entry in the franchise. Pinhead still wears his 1980's S&M garb, but the new Cenobites he creates are of an updated variety, utilizing the latest in modern technology--such as camcorders and compact discs. In the digital age, this makes them awfully dated constructs...but almost charmingly so.

The scene where Pinhead takes the night club by storm reminds me very much of the poolside scene with Freddy in Nightmare on Elm Street 2; which is fitting because this is the entry where Pinhead becomes a very Freddy-like villain, taking center stage as the Big Baddie rather than being a mysterious force that can be called upon in the background. And when Pinhead enters into a church (forcing a bit of his own flesh into the mouth of a priest in some twisted take on the sacrament), it brings the religious horror of the franchise to a whole new level.

Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth - Religious horror

Once again, we are given a deeper glimpse into Pinhead's past, and we actually get to know his human side a bit as they coexist on different planes. I like the expanding mythology of the character, much like Jigsaw from the Saw series, though the nature of the box and the Cenobites themselves are still mysteries.

Oh well. Plenty of entries left to unravel them. Slightly disappointing after the first two films, but still fun enough to watch.

"There is a secret song at the center of the world..."
--J/Metro

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