I've seen Hellraiser 2 many times and it was always a shocking good mess. Last time I saw it was last year and it lost some impact but it was still great, probably the best Hellraiser. I've seen the first many years ago and don't remember much, but I remember it was decent. I saw #3 a few days ago, and it's a pile below par crap. It's watchable, and not the worst, but just a steaming pile. #4 is better than #3 but not by much.
The best thing about #4 is the backstory of how the box came into being. But it was not handled well. First, there was 3 time periods, 18 century France, maybe just stay in that period. Current time, a mess. And Future, unnecessary. They should have stayed in the 18th century, but then no pinhead. No pinhead would be fine, because I'm getting tired of this so called actor blabbing all this nonsense dialogue, it just turns into a boring mess. Modern time was boring. The future was only there to show some special fx and some gun fights, unnecessary.
Best part of the movie was some of the special fx. The story outline was fine. But the story itself sucked. The dialogue, especially Pinhead was just agony, maybe that was the point. How many time do we need to hear stuff like "The pain and agony must be embraced with pleasure" or some such nonsense". Over and over again. The acting was basically same level as the #3, not so good.
Rating is a C, or 3 stars at best. Only recommended for completest. This was part of a, 6 movies for $5, Hellraiser III to VIII. I will only recommend this if you want to see all Hellraiser films. Otherwise watch the first and second and call it a day.
It's the year 2127. Pinhead, the evil cenobite of the series, has found himself on board a space station in outer space, run by scientist Dr.Merchant. Dr. Merchant's mission is to close the gates to hell forever. Because his ancestor, a toymaker in the 18th century, built the evil puzzlebox that opens the gates to hell. And through the generations, the family of the bloodline has tried to stop it. But now, Dr.Merchant has built the reverse box. The box that will close the gates to hell instead of opening it.
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