Disgusted with the doldrums of day-to-day life in Southern California, best friends Steven Craven and Nico Bradley run away from home and travel to Mexico. There, they find themselves embroiled in several days of partying, and then they mysteriously disappear. A year later, their families get together back home and try to piece together their possible whereabouts. Tensions rise when Emma, Steven's sister and Nico's girlfriend, demands to be included in the investigation. Sifting through Steven's effects, Emma finds a mysterious puzzle box that and manages to manipulate it. Suddenly, Steven materializes out of thin air, covered in blood that does not appear to be his own. The families attempt to rush Steven to the hospital, but find all of their vehicles have disappeared and all communications have been cut off. Steven incoherently says he has escaped the demonic Cenobites, but is there truly ever a way out when dealing with Leviathan's legion of lethal servants?
Matt: Heading into the production of this film, I followed very closely to see how things were going to play out. When I heard the following phrases, I knew it was doomed: found footage, no Doug Bradley, $350,000 budget. I understand Dimension desperately wanted to hang onto to the franchise, but come on, when even Doug Bradley won't take part in this installment, you know it's gonna be bad. This is one of the worst movies, 'Hellraiser' or otherwise, that I have ever seen. The acting was so bad, it's not even worth mentioning. Dimension has done some dastardly things to this franchise in the past (creating movies out of unrelated spec scripts being one of them), but this by far had to be the biggest slap in the face to the fans that made this franchise what it is today. To pawn off a tired-old method (found footage) with an impostor Pinhead and a micro-budget, I was embarrassed to call myself a fan of the series after suffering through this 75-minute sh*t-fest. It was so bad that, at times, it felt like I was watching a home movie. Then, I realized even a home movie would be better than this. With no redeeming value whatsoever, I have no choice but to give this "movie" a big fat zero. 0 out of 10.
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