Hellraiser III: Hell
on Earth is without a doubt my favorite of the Hellraiser series.
The first movie was a unique gorefest, but the pacing always bothered
me. The sequel didn't really hold a candle to the original, and every
Hellraiser movie after part 3 was absolutely awful to the extent that
the entire series has basically been ruined. I mean, really; Pinhead
terrorizing computer hackers online? That series is clearly fucked.
Still, I maintain that the third installment of the Hellraiser films
is entertaining as... well... hell.
So this sleazy,
power-hungry owner of a dance club is into dark artwork, and wouldn't
ya know it; when he goes to a local art gallery he discovers a
rectangular sculpture with bodies twisted all throughout it. Turns
out, this is where Pinhead is trapped... and just like in the other
films, a little blood goes a long way.
The club owner buys the
sculpture and puts it up on display in his bedroom so that all the
girls he brings up there will thing he's deep or mysterious. Yeah, I
bet they all wonder just how deep he is as the ashes from his
cigarette fall onto their naked bodies while he humps away at 'em. Oh
yeah, he's a class act ladies.
Well, I suppose any girl
stupid enough to fall for his act deserves to be put to death, and
Pinhead is more than up to the task. After the girl discovers that the
club owner was just using her for sex, she starts yelling at him and
gets too close to the sculpture. Pinhead then shoots some of those
classic Hellraiser chains at her and raises her up for a face-to-face
Hello there little lady!
He spits out another chain that digs deep into her forehead while she
screams her ass off. And that's when it happens...
This had my friends and
I in hysterics the first time we saw it happen. It's like that trick
where somebody yanks the tablecloth out from under all of the dishes.
Only in this case, it's Pinhead ripping off all of her flesh in one
quick yank. Well, it goes without
saying that the girl is pretty much kaput after this happens. I mean,
even if Pinhead let her go, I doubt she'd even be able to find a club
owner that would touch her skinless ass now.
Pinhead finishes the job
by ingesting her until she becomes one of the lost souls trapped in
the sculpture. Pinhead then asks the seedy club owner, "You enjoyed
the girl?" After the guy says yes, Pinhead replies, "Good. So
did I!" Personally, it's my favorite kill from the movie, but
there's plenty of other great moments in Hellraiser III. What makes it
so entertaining is that it was a complete departure from all the other
Hellraiser flicks. They removed all the longwinded plotlines and
instead went for pure horror, action and comedy. When Pinhead and his
new cenobites (including one that kills people with compact discs)
take to the streets, there's about as many explosions in a 5-minute
span as you'd see in an entire Rambo movie. There's also more
memorable one-liners in this flick than all the other Hellraiser
movies combined. In another memorable scene, Pinhead kills
everybody in a nightclub. It's really everything you could want
out of a Hellraiser movie and you can tell they had fun making it.
What's unfortunate is
that Hellraiser III was out of print for the longest time, and they
FINALLY just put it out on DVD. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad
there's at least some version of it available now and it's
still entertaining as hell, but it's the R-rated version which
supposedly cuts out a lot of the gore. Maybe someday we'll get to see
the unrated version released on DVD? One can only hope...
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