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The new Hellraiser films aren't perfect, but at least they're not totally decimating a beloved franchise as the new Crow films are.
You know you're in trouble when the word you use to augment your franchise moniker is a semi-creepy, made-up word (why not "Hellraiser: Spookeegery").
The film is rated R for violence, gore, drugs, nudity, and simulated sex. You'd have thought the filmmakers could have found something in there of interest to a viewer.
We figure most viewers want their horror films to be, you know, scary. Which Deader is not.
The Hellraiser-ish material is just kind of wedged in here and there with little sense, rhythm, or excitement.
It is like two completely different - but equally awful - ideas/stories that got stitched together into an incomprehensible movie that makes no sense, and to top all that the dialogue is just as awful, as well as the amateurish direction, cinematography and editing.
Deader is another bland sequel in the dying Hellraiser franchise. I mean, there were some good entries in this series, but why keep making these films if you've run out of ideas? Sure it's always to cash in for a quick buck, but if you can't make a good flick, why even bother? The films are simply not entertaining anymore. What we get is a boring, tired entry in the franchise that really doesn't cut it. I felt it was a bad way to deliver a sequel. Pinhead is no longer a main character, which is a shame, because of course in the Hellraiser series, Pinhead is the main antagonist. This is boring without Pinhead as the main focus of the story. There's nothing that works with this film, and therefore it's not worth your time. This entry is poorly constructed and therefore lacks the sparks that sequels such as Bloodline and Inferno had. This film doesn't deliver anything new to the franchise. What this film gives us, is uninspired ideas that simply don't work for the audience. If you're a Hellraiser nut, you may enjoy this, but to those who lost interest in the series, you may want to skip on this one. Deader is a dud right from the beginning and it's a low budget, cheaply made sequel to a franchise that should have ended long ago. You won't find anything good here, you'll surely just be disappointed by this bland sequel.
Well finally "Hellraiser: Deader" has arrived after a few years gathering dust on the shelf.
I agree with other members that it does seem to breathe some life in to this once outstanding franchise, but as with the other sequels it just lacks what the earlier films had in abundance. My personal view is that you can really tell that this wasn't written as a "Hellraiser" film.
For the first half hour or so except with the odd reference to "The Box" this could have been any other horror film and it kind of remains that way throughout.
The one thing really missing for me as with "Hellraiser: Inferno" and "Hellraiser: Hellseaker" is we just don't see enough of the "Cenobites".
I don't just mean "Pinhead" I mean all of them. You see a few glancing shots of them, but I'm sorry its just not enough. Its does seem a waste not giving them screen time. There are 6 "Cenobites" in this movie ("Pinhead", "Chatterer", "Bound", "Stitch", "Little Sister") & ("Spike" in the bonus material!) why are all these needed for 5 minutes of screen time? To be fair they did seem to play a bigger part in this than Parts V or VI, however they have almost become extras or cameos these days.
I have read a few comments from other users saying that these films are not about "Pinhead" but there is a reason he has been in all of the franchise to date.
I agree that one of the strengths of "Hellraiser" is they are stand alone stories, but in any franchise you need a recurring factor and the "Cenobites" and in particular "Pinhead" is it.
The "Cenobites" are "Hellraiser", which is why the later films don't feel like "Hellraiser" movies at all.
"Hellraiser: Deader" is a good and one of the better sequels to date and should give all fans hope for "Hellraiser: Hellworld" but as I remarked with "Hellraiser: Hellseaker" the fleeting glimpses of the "Cenobites" just are not enough.
Get back to the essence of the movies and set the story around them or let them play a major part again. The later films in this series sadly, could have been so much more.
8-17-08: Been a week since I finished the Hellraiser series in one go. Parts of this and the end of the first movie are the only images sticking with me (and scaring me!). The corpse scene in 'Deader' is firmly planted in my fear garden and I can easily see myself setting up a nightmare in which I am on the Deader ritual table. Added half a star, even though I still hate the plot and think the head Deader wasn't cast well.
This entry has potential, as there are some really cool sets, a decent lead, and a return to a more Cenobite-grounded story. But the mistake this movie makes is not making any sense whatsoever. With any sort of subjectively/cryptically ordered plot with dream or hallucination sequences, things get tricky for writers and teh audience can quickly be left behind if the director can't put the right visual cues on screen to make up for what the writers didn't do. This movie can't pick up that slack, so it's story becomes quickly frustrating.
PLOT SPOILERS BEGIN: I don't think there needed to be another reference to the leMerchant line because that was what ALL of Bloodline was about! And it does NOT at all explain how this Merchant descendant is able to harness supernatural powers. I get that he's trying to solve the lament configuration by using other people, but I don't understand how he is able to bring them back from the dead as deaders, or how he is able to elude Pinhead's powers using these people as buffers, which would seem to me that these people would just make him more vulnerable to Cenobite attack than fortified against it.
Anyway, now I'm totally fed up with most of the movies ending by Pinhead doing the signature chains-n-hooks tears you apart sequence made famous by Barker's work in the first entry, and this movie gives us another one.
This movie did creep me out on some levels though. In terms of making me weirded out by freaky Euro trash scenes, this is a million times better or cooler than Hostel because this is actually freaky, whereas Hostel is just fuckin funny and stupid. The scene with our heroine and the corpse in the beginning of the movie, who becomes a secondary character, is pretty damn cool and memorable - great cinematography and shot angles (someone actually tried!). If the script wasn't so supremely muddy and indecipherable, like most of the Hellraiser movies, I'd be mass recommending this, even with the worst ever ending chain-hooks sequence in BAD BAD CGI.
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