A tough basket case
detective named Joseph Thorne (Craig
Sheffer) has everything he can imagine. A wife, a
child and a good job.
However, he seems to enjoy picking up
prostitutes and doing cocaine with them.
He also goes to a home of where a
sacrififce happened during a satanic
cult. There he spots the Cenobites puzzle
shaped box and sitting on top of it was a
candle with a child's finger inside of it
and apparently the child was still alive.
So he takes the puzzle box with him
Well one day Joseph tells his wife that
he is on a mission and goes to a hotel
with a prostitute and has sex and cocaine
Afterwards at the hotel he toys with the
box and suddenly he is in a child's room
with the child crying for help and is
harrassed by female looking cenobites and
their leader Pinhead (Doug Bradley).
He realises that it's all a dream or is
Next day at the office he gets a phone
call from the hooker as she is freaking
out suddenly he hears her gurgling a
chocking to death and the phone is
He goes to the hotel and spots her corpse
hanging in the shower with a cut off
From there on he questions people and any
kinds of information as he tries to hunt
for the child.
But he suddenly sees hallucinations of
Cenobites slaughtering people he
encountered with and no one believes him.
However, the murders he sees do happen
but are unsolved with showing cut off
fingers of the victims as Joseph is
trapped in Pinhead's game of hell.
We have slow moments with the Detective Joseph Thorne doing activities as well as a close up shot on him snorting coke without letting anyone see him at his locker and good close up shots on him putting his badge on doing his duties which was a nice look on a dysfunctional lawman. Plus we see some deceiving moments on him with his family making out that he has to head out on a mission. Then spot him withb a hooker and some light shining shots on him getting it on with her as we think to ourselves that he's doing things that are illegal as well as not being faitful to his family. This is supposed to draw you in that the terror will strike him but it looks rather dull.
Yet a good moment when he discovers later on what happened to the hooker as well as discovering the jigsaw puzzle box since none of the moments seemed to relate to Pinhead's world and that's not a good thing since it seems to be a plain crime flick so far.
However later on in the story we spot good nightmare sequences involving Joseph with different looking Cennobites creeping up on him through staircases and moments like that which looked mildly effective and entertaining as well as him face to face with Pinhead as this looked powerful to watch and very mysterious.
Also there's a moment when he talks to a sleazy ice cream truck driver to find out some cases as well as him smacking this person around which looked powerful but this scene was a bore nevertheless.
Then we have moments with him at a sleazt western bar as this draws you in a bit but it is very slow like the rest of the story but we do see him trying to catch what looks like a Cennobite and are beaten up by two asian coboys which looked great to watch and then afterwards we do have him going outside and spotting Cennobites surrounding him near a tree and other spots plus some cowboys pitting against him as this looked a little different than what we spot in a Hellraiser flick.
Good action situations with Joseph and his sidekick Tony Nenonen on a car chase and then something devastating happens. Plus we have a good moment with his shrink Dr. Paul Gregory revealing his dark secret as well as showing the torture object spinning around in a snwoy area that has his family stuck to it which was incredibly well done. Plus moments with a good special effects shot on Pinhead revealing himself to him and a great close up shot on him speaking.
Great situations with Joseph going through a world on his childhood as well as seeing what his parents turn out to be which looked creepy as well as other Cenobties or a mysterious figure finally revealing itself while there's nice shots on chains grabbing onto him as I found this to be the best scene making up for many of the boring moments that we've seen beforehand.
It psychs you out making out he's dreaming all of this and then realising that it's really happening which was a perfect teaser to the story and drawing you in.
Bottom line is that this flick was a disappointment and almost seemed to be a different film alltogether. The film is also way more mysterious
wondering when Pinhead is going to raise
hell again. Suddenly the pieces all come together
towards the end of the film and why this
is all happening. There is a good message about karma in
the film but at the same time a very stale storyline and a bore as well.
The acting is very
good nonetheless as Craig Sheffer (Detective Joseph
Thorne) steals the film with his outrageous
performance and plays an original role
but I always found him to be a versatile
actor as he's calm when he needs to be
then tough and nasty when he needs to be
and showing a paranoid side to him as
well. Has a good deep seriousness when he talks as well as doing a great job with his blocking when he shows his violent side hitting others or getting really in your face. He was a true force of intimidating nature. Also shows great freaked out or upsetting expressions when the terror strikes him.
Nicholas Turturro (Tony Nenonen) does an okay as a calm type of sidekick and does a good job by being alert on stuff in which he shows a good focus while doing so or getting into a discussion as this for sure really looked strongly done. Offers a good guy type of attiotude which isn't a let down. Not the greatest actor of all time but can still know his craft in a decent fashion.
James Remar (Dr. Paul Gregory) stood out marevllously as a shrink in which he shows a great mellow and calm attitude by what he says or does into his part. Offers a good strong behavior while talking and trying to find answers as he really studied this part inside out. Plus does well showng his true identity with a good mellow wicked attitude. He focused on this splendidly. Had the perfect looks and appeal for this too which was another bonus.
Doug Bradley (Pinhead) is most original
with his reprising role than
in any of the other Hellraiser flicks as he even portrays a cowboy too
which is very different. Also does strongly with his speaking as well as being wicked on his scolding which shows off teriffically well. He was
brilliant with all that he did in this flick.
A corpse is on the
A corpse of a hooker is impaled in a
shower of a hotel
A decapitated head of a woman is found in
An ice cream truck drivers back is torn
open on a video tape
There's a pool of blood from underneath a
Two bodies are frozen and then cracked to
Eyes are plucked out of two elderly
Fingers are cut off
Walter Werzowa seems
to do fine with his composing although
it's not as strongly composed as the
previous one's but still quite good and
also had some nice smooth bluesy music
during the hotel scene with the detective
and the hooker in the hotel room. Also good deep sounds and windy noises with clanging sounds too making each scene gloomy and effective. Plus there's some good brief chanting later on when Pinhead confronts someone about their guilt which was a nice surprise.
We get a
nice smooth bluesy dsong at the end of
the film by an artist named Mod:1
featuring Lisbeth Scott with the
song "From Eden"
Pinhead [On the other phone
receiver to Joseph]: Six fingers....
Six murders.... Only four fingers left...
You know who I am detective
Joseph: Oooh let me
guess... you're the engineer... I got
your message. I understand your fucking
game. My wife and kid.... WHAT DO YOU
WANT FROM ME???
Pinhead[On the other
phone receiver to Joseph]: I want you to go home detective. Time to