Sunday 12 January 2014

Film Review - Hellraiser: Hellseeker

If you threw together Hellraiser and Jacob's Ladder then Hellseeker is the result, unfortunately this is not as good as either of those two films, although it's not a bad film, compared to some of the other sequels at any rate!

Unfortunately as well the description for the film kind of gives the game away, which seems a little odd. The basic premise is that Kirsty's husband has survived a crash which kills his wife, he tries to get on with his life but is plagued by terrible visions. He's also plagued by lovely women throwing themselves at him. At first I thought it was simply a blatant act to add some sex to the film, but after the reveal it does make a kind of sense.

There's a detective trying to get to the truth of what happened in the crash (Kirsty's body has not been found) as well as a strangely behaving co-worker. The story comes together in bits and pieces, it doesn't really stand out as something special, although it's not terrible either.

The real problem is that it doesn't feel like a Hellraiser film (considering some of the sequels I can see why - although the first two are excellent horror films), you get some flashes of Pinhead and the other cenobites and it all does become clear by the end, so it does fit, but doesn't quite work.

It feels like this is an attempt to fit the Hellraiser mythos into a more cerebral horror and it's a fair attempt, the issue for me is that it doesn't sit well with the more visceral nature of Pinhead and his companions. It might have been better to have made this as a stand alone film, rather than a Hellraiser sequel, but it is what it is and what we have is an ok film that doesn't really build on the mythos.

Pinhead (Doug Bradley) makes another unwelcome return in this, the sixth film in the 'Hellraiser' franchise. After the puzzle box is once again solved and the forces of Hell are set to be unleashed on Earth, Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence), the only one to ever defeat Pinhead, returns to do battle with her former nemesis.

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