Evil Goes Online.
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Directed by Rick Bota
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot
After the death of their friend, a group of kids go to a house party where Pinhead and his gang are the guests of honor.
Hellraiser: Hellworld has been released on various standalone and multi-packs throughout the years. This review is from the Echo Bridge/Miramax Multi-feature Blu-ray that was released in 2011.Video is presented in 1080p and looks okay considering this is the eighth film in the Hellraiser series and it’s crammed on the same disc as three other films. At least Blu-ray has more space on the disc so the film has passable viewable quality. Make no mistakes about it though, this is probably the best this film will look. I haven’t seen the individual Blu-ray disc of Hellworld, which might have less compression on it. Audio is presented in 5.1 and sounds okay. Again, nothing special about a low budget flick like this but it looks good considering all these factors.
Nope. Unless you count the three other films on the disc.
Pinhead is back in the eighth installment of the Hellraiser series and it lands with a fizzle. Everybody expects it though right? Milk a franchise to death and squeeze some extra dollars from horror fans is pretty much the name of the game in this genre.
Hellraiser: Hellworld itself, isn’t the worst movie in the franchise (that would be the Doug Bradley-less film) and at times it’s pretty watchable. My only beef with the film is the fact that there’s no reason why this film should even be called a Hellraiser film.
The film follows a bunch of college kids who are addicted to playing an online role playing game called Hellworld. They get invited to a member’s only style party at a mansion that was once owned by Philip Lemarchand, the original creator of the puzzle box. One by one the kids gets separated and is killed by the Host (played most awesomely by Lance Henriksen), Pinhead and the cenobites. I know what you’re thinking – the kids at a party is cliche but it’s Pinhead! And I would normally be saying the exact same thing until you watch the film and realize that Pinhead is only in the film for five minutes. This film isn’t even about Pinhead, or the puzzle box, or the cenobites. Hell, even the angle of the online role playing game isn’t even used effectively. It’s just a good ole fashion revenge story.
Spoilers: In the beginning of the movie, you watch as a young kid lights himself on fire. He of course is obsess with the game Hellworld and it’s revealed at the end that the Host is his father looking for a little revenge. He drugs the kids and puts them into caskets under the ground and makes them hallucinate Pinhead and the cenobites. I know, stupid. It’s a twist and we can try and applaud them for trying something different but when the twist actually occurs, all you do is get angry that Pinhead is barely in the film. The ending with the host opening the puzzle box feels a little forced. Also, the explanation on how the kids were found underground by the police is just hokey.
Hellworld was directed by Rick Bota. He’s most notably known for being a cinematographer on such TV shows as Tales from the Crypt and the most excellent Jericho series. He also directed the previous Hellraiser films – Hellseeker and Deader.
Acting wise the film is pretty serviceable. Katheryn Winnick, from Bones and Satan’s Little Helper, looks hot and steals away most of the spotlight from her co-stars. Lance Henriksen does an awesome job, like always. I swear this man is in pretty much every movie made and I’m perfectly okay with this. Henry Cavil, of current Superman fame, also plays a part in the film and comes across as pretty bleh.
Hellraiser: Hellworld is pretty much a revenge movie that had Pinhead forcibly inserted into it. For that it gets a sad shaking head of disapproval.
1.5 out of 5