Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker

July 24, 2010 1:30 pm 1 comment ,

Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker follows in the footsteps of the rather unsuccessful Hellraiser V: Inferno. Just a thought here, but copying the same formula that wasn’t good to start with doesn’t seem a like a wise choice.

This time Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) from the first couple films come back for about three scenes. She dies, or at least M. Night Shymalan wants you to believe that, in a car crash. Unfortunately for the audience, her husband lives and goes on to bore the audience to death with his lack of charisma and stilted acting. Why would you bring back one of the key stars of the franchise (back when it didn’t suck) only to have her not play a major part? Complete idiocy, that’s why.

After surviving the crash, the husband begins to experience wild and creepy dream sequences. The idea here, I believe, was to annoy the audience by continually pulling the “everything-you-just-watched-was-fake.” Needless to say the film succeeded at pissing me off with laser-like exactitude. I was ready to murder someone (the director) after about the third “it-was-just-a-dream” sequence.

Once again, Pinhead and friends only show up for a few brief cameos, continuing the proud tradition of lowering the franchise another notch which was previously unthinkable. The story is alright on its own, a kind of Carnival of Souls plot-line that could have been explored neatly if not for the forcing of the Hellraiser theme into the film. This kind of crap really makes me question the studio.

If the Inferno was an episode of Twilight Zone then Hellseeker is an episode of the less successful The Hunger (hosted by David Bowie).

It just keeps getting worse folks. The thought of watching two more of these films has shaken me to the core.

Snore Factor: ZZZZZ

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