Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) – movie review

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Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

Who’s bad idea was this? If it’s the same guy who decided, we can do Pinhead without Doug Bradley, he should be FIRED! Okay, I realize that the studio had to do this film to keep the rights of Hellraiser. We wouldn’t want the rights to revert back to its creator, Clive Barker, because, what does he know? (I’m being sarcastic here!) So they put out a film that is so bad, no one could resurrect the franchise.hellraiser revelations dvd

How bad is it? First, this film doesn’t know if it wants to be a found footage film or not. It takes about 45 minutes for the director to decide. Second, the two main characters are such bottom-of-the-barrel, low-life scum, how could I possibly care if they lived or died. They’re abusive to women and eventually work together to kill them. I’m supposed to be interested in their plight? Nervous for them? 3rd  – It is quite clear that the cenobites are a bunch of actors in-costume. I mean, make some attempt at making it seem real. Whether that be, more subtle make-up, or veiling the designs in darkness, smoke or filters, it should seem less prosthetic. You can see where layers were glued on, liquid-rubber latex was pulled and sections were painted. I’m surprised I didn’t see zippers and Velcro holding it all together.

Hellraiser had 8 sequels since the original film came out in 1987. Some of them barely even have Pinhead in them. But every one of them were better than this. Just a bad film all around. Even the big scene at the end is just rehashed ideas. Stay away. Of course this is just my opinion.

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Tied with The Exorcist II for worst horror sequel ever!

I give it a 1.0 on the crusty crap scale of sucky sequels!

22 thoughts on “Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) – movie review

  1. Hahaha! It’s too bad Burt Pinhead wasn’t in the movie! It’s kinda sad really, Hellraiser Revelations was never meant to reach the public; it was just a movie they shot to retain rights to the series. It’s unfortunate they did release it, though, because you’re right- it’s terrible!

  2. I’m pretty positive Pinhead appeared in every Hellraiser sequel, but feel free to take me to school if I’m wrong.

    This is absolutely one of the worst horror sequels of all time, hands down, you’re right. I remember a scene where the main character stood by a pool talking like a zombie that struck me as some of the worst acting ever. Before the movie’s release, Barker was quoted as saying, “If they claim it’s from the mind of Clive Barker, it’s a lie. It’s not even from my butt-hole.” 🙂

    • There were two that Pinhead made only a 1-3 minute appearence at the end of the film (or beginning). I can’t remember which ones. There was one with an underground club in eastern Europe and drug abuse and other weird stuff – I’m not even sure if Pinhead was in that one at all, but I could be wrong. I got them all in a package dvd – if I get a chance I’ll check 🙂

  3. You know who would make a good Pinhead? Mark Strong! Looks good bald, striking eyes, perfect voice. Who’s with me on this one?

  4. I know I’m in the minority but I kind of liked this one. It was true to the story of the original and was better than some of the really bad sequels like Hellraiser 3. I’m not saying its a good film but not as bad as a few of the others. Pinhead looks shit in it though!

    • I would say you should probably watch the 1st two, however the effects are a bit dated by this point and they might not have the same impact as when they were first released. If you can get into some 80’s retro-horror with a lot of gore, go for it! And it’s Clive Barker tales, so you’ll get some good storylines without being too mainstream.

      • I feel the effects stand the test of time. Even the stop-motion effects in part one as the skeleton was reconstituted into blood and flesh looks way cool and eerie to me.

      • Yeah, I do like that part, love it in fact. I think it’s a great effects sequence. The part that doesn’t look so good to me is the electric flashes that go around the box and make the cenobites disappear at the end. The make-up work is excellent, too – and they are partially obscured by darkness and smoke which gives the cenobites a mystical quality and probably hides some of the details that would make them look like characters in ‘make-up’.

  5. Oh boy. Thanks for the warning. Took one for the team, eh? I’ll stay away from this one, Mike. I appreciate the head’s up.

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