Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to hunt down a gruesome serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a maze of horror, which may lead them into the depths of hell.



Synopsis (IMDB) : Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.

Directed by : Gary J. Tunnicliffe

Written by : Gary J. Tunnicliffe

Cast :  Heather Langenkamp, Randy Wayne, Rheagan Wallace, Paul T. Taylor, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, Alexandra Harris, John Gulager, Mike J. Regan, Cate Jones, Molly Nikki Anderson

My Rating :

How many more Hellraiser movies are we going to get before the money men in charge of funding them realise it just isn`t working - Hellraiser may have been good back in the late 80's and early 90's but ever since Hellraiser: Bloodline came out in 1996 we have been hit with a further five tremendously dire sequels!

Make that six with Hellraiser: Judgement.

The movie starts of well enough.  We are introduced to a new character called The Auditor who is questioning a man tied to a chair.  The process we see is at times truly horrific which is good for us gore hounds.  After the questioning the poor soul tied to the chair ends up being tortured by a wicked looking cenobite that gleefully slashes at the mans body, skinning him in the process.

Yes there are a lot of gag moments - scenes which really do make you feel uneasy truth be told!

However this is beginning of the end of the movie if I'm being brutally honest.

For the next hour or so we are shown a movie that basically is nothing more than a standard murder flick in that three detectives are on the hunt of a serial killer that is making his or her way through the ten commandments.

Unfortunately for this viewer (that being me!) I saw the ending way before it got there - the clues are to obvious.

However its the ending that is kind of a saving grace in that we see Pinhead make his eagerly awaited appearance in full as he comes to collect the soul of one of the main protagonist of the movie.

As with all the other Hellraiser movies - the chains from nowhere make an appearance, we have the bright white lights emerging from the walls and we get a little gore along the way.

There is also an extremely cheesy scene where one of the characters bleats out `jesus wept` prior to being torn apart.  Now I know this sounds picky but please, don`t use classic lines from predecessor films as it only makes things look even more stupid.

Overall I didn't rate this movie.

One, I`m a big fan of the original as well as the original Pinhead.  Doug Bradley made the character his own so I'm definately on the side of the Doug Bradley brigade when it comes to who plays the iconic role of Pinhead.  Don't get me wrong - Paul T. Taylor plays the role well enough but he just isn't Doug!  There is something missing from his perfomance.  Perhaps he is trying too hard to capture the real essence of Pinhead. I don't know, but something was missing.

Two, the movie, whilst starting off extremely well, petered out into nothingness.  Just another run-of-the-mill serial killer flick that didn't keep me invested long enough to care what was going on.

I really hope this is the end of the Hellraiser franchise now.  That is unless Doug Bradley comes back to reprise his role and put new life into it all.  That along with a decent story!  We haven't had one since Hellraiser: Bloodline!

I`d give it 2 escapes out of 5.

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