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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Reviews

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April 24, 2017
The story and acting in this is quite awful...but, at least I was able to understand what was going on. That is way more than I can say about the last one. This is disliked by most (and it is bad), but I found an odd cheesy charm to it.
April 11, 2017
This one is still a mess on the re-watch, but I actually got a few laughs out of it, even when it feels like Doug Bradley is doing his best Freddy Krueger laugh each time Pinhead starts blowing up shit and generally causing chaos.

The casual mention about the Cenobites in this one being 'homemade, a shadow of his former companions' or something to that effect goes a long way towards making the corny nature of the villains seem less offensive.

It's worth another look, but it won't ever be as good as the previous films.

Give it a rental.
½ April 7, 2017
Why ... just why ... you think it can't get worse ... but it does.

One word: unnecessary.
March 1, 2017
Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth is certainly not as strong as the first two installments of the series, but still manages to feel satisfying. Overall the film works, even if it does lack the timelessness and intellect of the previous films.
February 20, 2017
F**k yea these movies get better better and better pinhead is f**king amazing
½ February 6, 2017
I think it was a good film because you get more insight into the human form of Pinhead and what led him down his dark path, but the way they tried creating the whole "daddy issues" thing with the lead actress was rediculous lol

Yep. The plot needed a bit of work that's for sure.

We even get to see "footage" of counselling sessions Kirsty Cotton had divulging her knowledge of the box. That was a nice touch.

They picked the wrong chic to be the lead actress here - shoulda gone with the night club owners girlfriend.

At least SHE had character and attitude.

I'm afraid the new girl on the block was far too willowy and weak for my liking. She did not have the fiery spirit of Kirsty Cotton!

It's a watchable film don't get me wrong just be aware that you may end up watching a Hellraiser movie that still has that Hellraiser vibe going on, but they clearly were aiming to "reboot" it for a new look.
January 14, 2017
While i'm not the biggest fan of the "Hellraiser" films the first two did provide some good characters, effective musical score and fantastic set designs and costumes, "Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth" does none of that. The plot is rather uninteresting and the dialogue is no help. The Cenobites look ridiculous, we got camera head Cenobite, the Sony Discman Cenobite, piston head Cenobite. You take one look at them and just laugh, not scary or disturbing. The musical score feels out of place like it belongs to a wacky Tim Burton movie not a scary horror film with disturbing imagery. I feel bad for Terry Farrell, because she giving a better performance then this movie deserves. Even Doug Bradly starts giving up towards the end of the film. Overall poor sequel to an above average horror franchise.
October 25, 2016
It's a sequel which doesn't make sense, though, still enjoyable to watch!
½ October 6, 2016
I don't think I enjoyed any moment of it.
May 17, 2016
The gore and creativity is great. This is Pinhead's biggest role and it is done well. However, the script and acting need work. Besides Pinhead many of the other character's conversations were idiotic and unbelievable.
November 20, 2015
One of my favorites of the series, though most find it to be one of the worst. It's obviously where they started to make Pinhead an icon, and built a movie around him. But I like the rock and roll aspect of it, and some of the great kills. Pinhead also has some of his best lines and moments in this.
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October 18, 2015
Not as terrible a movie as I would've anticipated. Of course it's not as good as the first sequel, which actually ended up being pretty good. I've always thought that Pinhead, as a horror icon, and I've already written this in my review for the second film in this franchise, has always been treated far more seriously than the Freddys, Jasons or Michaels. I'm not saying that the sequels were better in quality than some of the sequels in any of the aforementioned franchises, but Pinhead is infinitely more effective as a horror villain than because he's treated as someone that people actually fear since he will pretty much bring about, I apologize for this terrible usage of the film's title in the review, hell on earth if he does get his way. Let's just get this out of the way from the get-go, the acting in this movie is, honestly, absolutely awful. It's not like Hellraiser 2 had Oscar-quality acting, but Hellraiser 2 is Breaking Bad to Hellraiser 3's the Twilight franchise. I'm obviously overstating the point, but the acting from everyone that isn't named Doug Bradley is horrendous. Doug Bradley himself is pretty great as always, I mean the character is pretty one-dimensional itself, but this film, at least, tries to incorporate some of backstory, involving who Pinhead was before he back the leader of the Cenobites. It's weird, because it's obvious that Pinhead is a pretty nefarious and evil individual, but Doug Bradley brings a certain elegance and class to the Pinhead character, it's the strangest thing. It's not even the fact that he's well-spoken and eloquent, it's all about Bradley's presence that makes the character work even if he's not as over-the-top or as goofy as Freddy Krueger. The character designs for some of the Cenobites, not all, is excellent. Some of them are a little goofy, to be fair, like the Cenobite with the camera sticking out of one eye is pretty goofy, as is the Cenobite that spits out CDs. I think those are the ones that I liked the least, the rest of them are really well done, in my opinion. The film, leading up to the climax, honestly, isn't anything special. I mean there's some B-movie qualities to the film, you can at least laugh at the shitty acting and some of the obvious audio flaws, like trying to fit in voice overs even though the lip syncing isn't up to par. Once the shit hits the fan and Pinhead, and the other Cenobites, make their way to earth then the film really picks up. Like there's some really strong visuals here. Like Pinhead doing the christ pose in a church in front of a window with cross on it while he says 'I am the way'. That scene is probably the best scene in the entire film, but it's the type of scene that the religious conservatives will be offended by. Then again, what reason would a religious conservative have to watch this film. But, as an atheist, I have no such qualms and I thought it was a pretty awesome visual that is bound to get a reaction. I thought that if the film had been as consistently good as the climax was, then it would've been a better film. The film has some real cool moments and some surprising backstory, but I don't think there's enough 'hell on earth', so to speak, to make the film good. Not to mention the acting is fairly atrocious. With that said, honestly, I thought this movie was perfectly fine. It's watchable but not necessarily mind-blowing. I'm sure that it's considerably better than some of the later sequels, though.
September 8, 2015
The third movie hmmm not as good as the first two movies

Explosions and more visual effects
Plot a bit different to the past two movies
Creature makeup has slight improvement

Worth watching if you enjoyed the first two movies

Special Note
Hellraiser preformed by Motörhead and the end credits
½ July 29, 2015
When it seemed that it couldn't get any worse, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is a much worse installment in the series than the previous one and it'll probably get worse as the series progresses
June 16, 2015
One of the best sequels this franchise has to offer, still about half the film could have been better.

I recommend it only if you saw the first two.
June 2, 2015
A couple decent set pieces shrouded in idiocy and some of the worst acting ever put onscreen.
½ May 24, 2015
I think the best way to describe this film is that it is like a tale of two films. The first, comprising the scenes with Doug Bradley's presence, is outstanding; the second, where he isn't present...features a relatively inexperienced cast who have some cringe worthy acting moments.
½ May 14, 2015
Once again just as bad as the first two.............plz end these movies.
½ March 27, 2015
Saw it in theaters when it first came out back then and still found it trying to reach a plot and unnecessary...
March 15, 2015
The last Hellraiser film that Clive Barker had any official involvement with, although he reportedly only contributed some story ideas which were largely ignored and did not make it into the film. This was really the beginning of the end of the Hellraiser franchise. It bears little similarities to the prior films, both in content and quality, and comes off as a cheap cash grab rather than trying to expand the Hellraiser mythos. The first two films also had a kind of visual elegance to the graphic violence, but this film is merely gory. Besides that, I think my main complaint is that Pinhead looked ridiculous in brightly lit scenes, taking away most of his scary mystique. Disappointing all around and just about as bad as I remembered it.
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