This week I just watched Hellraiser 3 – failure, amateur hour action nonsense. And Hellraiser 4 – failure, amateur hour, some interesting ideas, still garbage. Now Hellraiser 5 – again some interesting ideas, and decent fx, but padded unnecessary long scenes of boredom and drawn out garbage.
The ideas of #5 is fine. We have a cop that is not so nice, he steals money, does drugs, cheats on his wife with prostitutes, beats up on informants, entraps/blackmails his partner. For all that he gets a ride on the Hellraiser train. The problem is, yes he's not a good guy, but maybe they could have found a truly evil fellow to put on that train. He's not all bad, he's trying to find the child before the guy leaving the kids fingers behind at each death scene. He finds the evil box, opens it and he is tormented till the end of the movie. Great. The problem is boring dialogue, not even so bad it's funny. Except it even got to that point in the middle of the movie, where I was laughing at the choices the filmmakers made in each scene.
We get Pinhead for a few seconds in the first 20 minutes, then he shows up again towards the end. I didn't have a problem with that. In #3 and 4 he just kept blabbing and blabbing continuous nonsense, I started hating he how he tortured me with his words. At least the Pinhead performance was great in this one. And most of the demons and fx were great. The cinematography was decent as well. Music was competent. The main problem is the drawn out dialogue and nonsense scenes and the editing. The acting was OK, not great, better than #3 and 4 but given the dialogue and story who cares.
As it is I would only recommend this to people who need to see every single Hellraiser movie. It has some interesting ideas and given the weak dialogue, acting and editing, it is a prime candidate for reediting and cut down from 99 minutes to maybe 70 minutes.
The fx and the demon scenes are good and some other decent scenes. Currently I can only give this a C or D, 3 maybe 4 rating. If cut to 70 minutes, it can be a 5 or maybe even a 6 star movie, which I would recommend.
OK, I just watched #VI and it made me reconsider #V. Compared to #VI, #V is a masterpiece. I am officially upgrading the rating to 4. Please reedit this movie to 70 or 75 minutes, cut out the nonsense. I don't need more Pinhead. I need less nonsense.