Hellraiser 3 : The Film - The Book
Now in my most humble opinion, I would have to say that over-eager journalist, Joanne Summerskill (Terry Farrell), is one hell of an emotional woman. She's haunted by visions of her dead father dying on a nondescript battlefield. She's plagued by the sight of a young punk blowing up in front of her very eyes. Oh! And let's not forget that she is rather enraptured by the comings and goings of a slightly loose young lady called Terri (Paula Marshall).
Hey! Wait a minute! You do know who Terri is, don't you? She's the 'ex' of that pimp named J.P. Monroe (Kevin Bernhardt), who run's that dodgy night club down town called the 'Boiler Room'. Plus she's also that rather sneaky street-urchin who leads Joanne to discover that J.P. has purchased two strange items of very hellish importance.
Yeah. Honest to God. The first item is a mysterious puzzle-box that caused a major disaster quite some time ago in a mental institute run by a Doctor Philip Channard. Plus the second item is a statue which holds the inanimate remains of the wanton spirit known as Pinhead (Doug Bradley).
Well, when I say 'inanimate', that is until this spiky faced f*cker persuades J.P. to feed him his patron's one at a time, giving him all the energy he will ever need to raise hell on Earth (thus the title).
Still, I suppose that is why what next transpires all kicks off when J.P. and Terri swap vocations, and Joanne is paid a visit by Pinhead's better-half, Captain Elliott Spencer. As origins are revealed - night clubs are a killing field - cleaver journalists run away - and a box is the key that save everyone at the end of the day.
Or does it?
Now if I had to sum up 'Hellraiser III - Hell on Earth' with one single phrase, that phrase would have to be 'Oh dear!'. Well, if I'm being honest with you, dear reader, it looks like this horror flick has been plagued by 'sequel syndrome'. You know what I mean by this, right? It's that hellish film franchise blight which infects all 'subsequent movies' with too much splash-splash, and not enough bash-bash.
Hellraiser 2 recap' with Kirsty [click on link for the review]. And thirdly -- some of the 'investigative scenes' with Joanne. I found these segments gave the overall production an extra added dimension, which I'm sure could have been expanded upon if the central plot wasn't lost in superficiality.
Overall 'Hellraiser III - Hell on Earth' is a film that could have been a lot better if it tried to do something more than second guess audience expectations. If it wanted to do a 'Pinhead origin film' -- fine -- they should have done a 'Pinhead origin film'. Instead of introducing new characters that were as relatable as a rich self-imposed orphan who enjoys baroque art for the sake of bravado. Right? Nuff said.
THE RATING: B