THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: Call me crazy, but I didn't mind this movie at all. Sure, there was a TON wrong with it, but compared to the other sequels, I'd say this is the best one since 'Bloodline'. I know, I destroyed the previous three entries for not being original 'Hellraiser' scripts, but they actually made this one work. The acting was mostly good, and horror veteran Lance Henriksen ('Aliens', 'Pumpkinhead') really played the role of the Host with excessive zeal. He really seemed to be enjoying himself when all the pieces are finally put together at the end of the movie, and I had that "a-ha" moment when Henriksen revealed his true motives. The music was halfway decent as well, although it was mostly low-budget rock knock-offs. The only thing that really irritated me about this movie was that the role of Pinhead, played so brilliantly by Doug Bradley in the previous seven films, was really reduced to a supporting character in this film. From the get-go, it was obvious the Host was going to be the main baddie in this flick, with Pinhead merely serving as his pawn to extract his revenge. Despite that, Pinhead proves once again that in the end, hell always wins in Clive Barker's demented world, and Lance gets his just due. And barring a return to the franchise, this was Bradley's swan song, so the final scenes could not have gone any better for him. 3 out of 10.
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