Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Movie review: Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker

This is the 6th installment in the Hellraiser series and the studio summary is quite misleading. Kirsty is back, out of the mental institution, and married to Trevor. Things get interesting when the couple is in a car crash and Kirsty is lost in a river. Trevor begins to hallucinate and soon loses the distinction between reality and dreams and begins to suspect he may be trapped in hell.

Pinhead (Doug Bradley), Dean Winters (Trevor), Ashley Laurence (Kirsty).

This was actually a very disappointing episode in the franchise. Both Pinhead and Kirsty play small roles and there was very little of the Cenobites at all. The plot was interesting and consistent with previous themes but this was much more a psychological thriller than it was a Cenobite horror film. The film was really only a horror flick in the last 20 minutes. Not at all what I expected from a Hellraiser film.

Acting was mostly centered around Winters who just isn’t that interesting. He didn’t come close to bringing the energy for the role and the lack of interaction with other characters made him seem somewhat disconnected. The connection to the Cenobites was not well made in the plot at all which didn’t help.

Sets and camera work were okay but nothing special. Special effects also were okay but not exciting. Same with dialogue and sound.

Overall this was a decent thriller but not a very good horror flick.

I think there was some nudity, foul language and some gore at the end. Keep this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2002
Reviewed: 3.28.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi Horror, Supernatural Horror, Cult Horror

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