series has been idolized and adored by horror fans across the world since 1987 when Clive Barker's original Hellraiser
was released. I seriously doubt that Barker had any idea what a massive string of sequels his gore-fest would unleash, but I'm sure he's seen them and I'm sure he's pressed his head into his hands in embarrassment multiple times.
is the fifth installment dealing with the leather-clad, death dealing Cenobites and their leader Pinhead. We follow Detective Joseph Thorne (a coke sniffing, adulterous and all around immoral man) as he hunts a mysterious man known only as "The Engineer." His hunt begins after he inadvertently opens a strange puzzle box and is framed for the murder of a local prostitute. As he tracks down his elusive suspect he begins to experience very strange and disturbing hallucinations, or so he thinks. His hunt continues until he finally discovers The Engineer and more than he originally bargained for.
First off, this shouldn't even be considered a Hellraiser
film. It sounds as though it would be, but it's actually a "who-done-it" detective film with some badly designed Cenobites peppered in for the Hellraiser
feel. Not only that, but Pinhead is in less than five minutes of the film! How can you make a Hellraiser
film where the main character of the series is in less than 4% of the film?
As I mentioned, the Cenobites in Inferno
are laughable. There is no sense of understanding or background to them. Remember at the end of Hellraiser 2: Hellbound
when Pinheads pack of Cenobites were slaughtered by Dr. Philip Channard? As they died they returned to who they were before they became Cenobites and as each one died it made you feel as though you knew that person was always there, trapped and suffering? Not here. The Cenobites in Inferno
look like unfinished clay models where the artist drank himself to sleep the night before they were coming to pick up the finished model for casting. There are no facial expressions that make you feel any fear or understanding of what their purpose is. They just show up throughout the film to remind you your watching a cheap imitation of a Hellraiser
I'm not going to waste anymore time reviewing this sack of wannabe Hellraiser
horse shit. If you want to waste your time, by all means, pick up a copy of Hellraiser: Inferno