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Hellraiser: Hellseeker Reviews

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½ July 14, 2016
Another Hellraiser sequel with no credited involvement from Clive Barker that again also takes it's story from a script that was originally written not as a Hellriaser film and only later had Hellraiser elements added to it. This film did a better job of pulling it into the Hellraiser universe than it's predecessor, mostly because it brought back Ashley Laurence from the first two films. Dean Winters is the main character of the film, who is slowly losing his mind following a car crash that he barely survived and that killed his wife, Ashley Lawrence. Winters also finds himself in possession of the mysterious puzzle box of the prior films as he tries to piece together what happened between him and Lawrence. According to Wikipedia, Barker did have some input on the final act of the film, and that is where the film seemed to kind of come to life, although it's not really enough to call it a good film or recommend it to anyone outside of fans of the Hellraiser franchise.
March 25, 2016
Hellseeker is the sixth instalment of the Hellraiser franchise and the first bad sequel.
Hellseeker follows the husband of the recently deceased Kristy (Ashley Laurence, Hellraiser 1&2), as he battles with nightmares and reality after a car accident which killed Kristy. A detective believes him when he talks about the accident but with Kristy's body missing it makes him look bad.
Like Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) before it, "Hellseeker" was originally a non-Hellraiser related horror script owned by Dimension. To save money on writing a completely original Hellraiser story, the script was quickly edited to insert the Cenobites and references to Kirsty's past with them. A scene written specifically to try and bring the largely unrelated plot in line with the canon of the first two Hellraiser films was subsequently cut.
The writing, production, cast performances and direction is terrible but somehow watchable. The plot is a bit of a mess to start with but does become clearer as the film moves on, but although a watchable sequel just avoid it, not unless theirs nothing left to view. It's a bit camp & is sold on Ashley Laurence's return to the series, but sadly It's in a smaller role but still an important one.
February 14, 2016
Its basically just a retread of Inferno, but poorly written and less interesting.
½ September 8, 2015
Number sixth movie in the Hellraiser franchise very much like a twilight zone and the outer limits episode very good and the twist I bet you don't see that coming

Plot a guy who has lost his memories and maybe his mind seeing things which aren't there or are they?
Trying to piece the puzzle together to find out the truth but should he?

Special and visual effects and creature makeup where great

I Enjoyed this one more then the pass two movies worthwhile watching
July 28, 2015
Bad. Boring. An awkward hybrid of literally A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser. The series took a psychological murder mystery turn. Very boring. Gore level completely turned down to essentially non-existant, and sometimes there is no problem with that.

I had a lot of high hopes since the series' original heroine returns in the film, but she played a boring, non-existent role. This could have easily been better because of Ashley Lawrence's character, but she ended up being a minor character, so it led to her having little to no character development.
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2015
Lemarchand's box was open once again and Pinhead is back. The sixth entry to the beloved franchise focused on a Kirsty's boyfriend and the strange happening surrounding him. Possibly the weakest entry with almost no screen time of any cenobites, the gore was used for no reason and the plot was very weak too. It's disappointing to see Winters doing such a terrible job.
½ March 30, 2015
Drawn out and often pointless entry spends most of its time in dreamland for Kirsty's husband after a car crash. Salvaged somewhat by a decent ending and it is nice to have Kirsty back. This franchise, however, has never delivered on its potential.
February 6, 2015
I have noticed with each entry in the Hellraiser series, they use the villain everything is based off less and less. This movie could of been named something totally different and not involved Pinhead at all and still been a decent movie. This was a murder mystery with plenty of weird things going on in the main characters mind and the end reveals a huge shocker no one could see coming. The lead actor Dean Winters is always fun to watch on screen so he helped make the movie better then it might have been with someone else. The plot was intriguing and full of scenes that made you wonder what is really going on. I enjoyed the film overall and while it was not scary, it was a decent enough murder mystery to make it a worthwhile.
October 20, 2014
Disappointing entry to the franchise that wastes the return of Ashley Laurence & just repeats the themes of "Inferno". It is great to see Laurence's Kirsty Cotton acting against Doug Bradley's Pinhead again, if only briefly, but the character isn't consistent from her appearances in the first two films. Reportedly, they only changed the character to Kirsty Cotton after Laurence became available but even she disagrees with her actions in the film. For a better look at what Kirsty Cotton did after "Hellbound", check out the BOOM Studios "Hellraiser" comic series. The rest of the cast is solid, with Dean Winters making a compelling lead while director Rick Bota gives some atmospheric direction. Unfortunately, the film is more confusing than mysterious, with the twist ending just repeating what the previous film, "Inferno", already did. Disappointing and a waste of Laurence's return to the series.
October 2, 2014
another supermarket DVD 2.99 DVD combo pack purchase
August 11, 2014
Dreams on top of dreams on top of dreams. When does reality set in? Is there even a story here? Where is Pinhead? Why put him on the cover when he barely makes an appearance? Hellraiser has lost its roots entirely and now we are forced to watch low grade movies that are high jacking the Hellraiser title.
½ August 5, 2014
Finally! A true sequel that actually has something to do with the original plot line
July 21, 2014
Once again, just like the first five, a flawless horror movie. It's my third favorite so far and I think this one gets a lot of unnecessary crap. For starters, this movie has more Pinhead than people say. And I get the movie feels a little cheap at times but you have to remember it is a straight to DVD release so its not gonna look like the next Star Wars. And here's something I bet a lot of you didn't know, this movie was originally intended to be its own thing but they added pinhead and some extra characters and such forth and made it this and for that, I think it turned out really well. This is one of the best in the series in my opinion.
May 12, 2014
Maintains a familiar concept from inferno, only trying to link more to the first four films and failing almost miserablely. Several twists and devices are confusing and slightly uninteresting ultimately ending sourly and unsatisfying
½ March 30, 2014
Are you willing to pay the price?

Trevor is a business man that is a bit shady and not beyond doing a little extra to get a little extra. One day, while driving with his wife, they are in an accident that results in her death. After waking, he goes on a mission to uncover the truth behind the crash. He uncovers evidence of a secret box he found that unleashes monsters from hell...but what could that have to do with the death of his wife?

"Welcome to the worst nightmare of all...reality."

Rick Bota, director of Hellraiser: Deader, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Love Me, and Happy Face Killer, delivers Hellraiser: Hellseeker. The storyline for this picture has a classic 80s feel to it even though this came out in 2002. The kill scenes are just okay and too infrequent and the acting is below average. The cast includes Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Rachel Hayward, and Jody Thompson.

"Are you okay?"
"Not at all."

I grabbed this movie off Netflix because I wanted to see this series in its entirety. This is likely the worst film in the series to date. The film doesn't contain as many of the hell elements and killers as it could have. The story was being clever and tried to outwit the audience rather than be scary. I can tell you the results were disappointing. This is a below average horror picture that may not be worth your time.

"Maybe you're not the angel you thought you were."

Grade: D
½ March 30, 2014
Less of everything we have come to expect in a Hellraiser film!
½ March 24, 2014
Back to par for the course with horror sequels. So after a car accident where a man's wife dies, the husband (Dean Winters) is under investigation by the police when foul play becomes suspected. Now Inferno had just stepped it up a notch and brought this back to being a reputable franchise, and while it does appear that the makers of Hellseeker took notes from that, they seemed to have missed the point; namely, this has very little to do with being a Hellraiser movie, and for no good reason. Sure, they got Ashley Laurence from the original back... for about ten minutes. For me, personally, it also didn't help that they got the guy who plays Liz Lemon's nightmare ex on 30 Rock to star as the lead. Not that he does a terrible job, mind you, I just had a bit of difficulty taking him seriously, as that is literally the only other thing I've seen him in. While both 5 and 6 both stray from the focus of the movie being on Pinhead, the largest difference between the two is that 5 was inspired with a quality storyline, while this was just done on the cheap for whatever was the most convenient; it feels like this script wasn't initially written with this series in mind. This does not feel like it was made in 2002, it feels like early 90's, and they missed all of the queues to make a good Hellraiser movie.
March 10, 2014
A slight improvement from its predecessor but definitely not on par with any of the other films in the franchise. Sure it was great to see Kirsty Cotten once again, but the storyline was simply too "out-there" and simply not Hellraiser status.
March 10, 2014
A slight improvement from its predecessor but definitely not on par with any of the other films in the franchise. Sure it was great to see Kirsty Cotten once again, but the storyline was simply too "out-there" and simply not Hellraiser status.
March 3, 2014
One line summary: Follows another tortured conscience doing a bad job of dealing with its past.

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Husband Trevor and wife Kirsty are traveling along in a Volvo, having a lively conversation, then a lengthy kiss. Unfortunately, neither of them was looking at the road ahead of them. They run off the road into a small river. Trevor gets out. Kirsty gets free of her seatbelt, but the door that Trevor opened wide for her mysteriously closes. Trevor wakes in hospital later, but Kirsty did not make it back with him.

Trevor returns to work and gets a barrage of questions rather than any sympathy at all. His female boss expects Trevor to return to his habit of servicing her. She and his coworkers remind him that they are always being recorded.

Kirsty's body is not found. Eventually the police investigation contacts Trevor, and he has some explaining to do. Trevor continues his wayward ways, and the hallucinations start. He seeks help from psychiatry and from acupuncture. However, both of his caregivers turn out to be self-delusions. Or were they? The film takes a few turns on that point.

Things get much worse for Trevor, but do they ever get better?

-----Scores-----

Cinematography: 6/10 Fuzzy, VHS quality over Netflix.

Sound: 7/10 The score is somewhat helpful in setting a creepy tone, and accentuating painful moments.

Acting: 5/10 Dean Winters is a more or less serviceable supporting actor on television, but has no business being the lead in a feature film. The supporting players were not all that memorable. It was nice to see a more mature Ashley Laurence in a short but nice performance.

Screenplay: 5/10 The story for this film is reminiscent of HR5, in that it seems to be about the tortured conscience of one particular wrong doer. It is on the simple side, so the quality depends on the execution, and the acting was not all that good. Pinhead in this film is just a prop, not really an essential character. This film has clearly lost the mission, and should call itself something else.
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