A spine-tingling thriller, HELLRAISER: INFERNO is the next inescapably terrifying chapter in the heart-stopping HELLRAISER series! It's the powerful story of a shady L.A. detective (Craig Sheffer -- THE PROGRAM, A RIVER RU... more »NS THROUGH IT) who finds himself lost in a darkly nightmarish world of evil when he solves the mysterious puzzle box that releases the diabolical demon, Pinhead! As those around him begin to meet tragic fates, he sets out to conquer the horrifying Pinhead and escape eternal hell! Also starring popular Nicholas Turturro (TV's NYPD BLUE, EXCESS BAGGAGE), HELLRAISER: INFERNO combines great special effects and relentless thrills to deliver exciting, edge-of-your-seat entertainment!« less
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 1/2/2012...
The Hellraiser series has been hit or miss from the start. The first two films were entertaining, but the rest quickly went down hill. Inferno is a boring film. This movie drags along at a snail's pace, has characters that appear to be nothing more than cannon fodder waiting to die & a story that will leave you wanting to bash your head against a wall in the hopes that it will help drive this garbage from your head.
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James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/8/2009...
Back again for more bloody mayhem. He's truly insatiable!
It's a Wonderful Death.
M. Nichols | West Chester, OH United States | 09/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jaw-droppingly good in comparison to every film to come since the original HELLRAISER, it was with great trepidation that I dropped this one into the DVD player. Just having suffered through Part 4: BLOODLINE a few weeks back, my expectations for INFERNO were about as low as they could be.An inspired, twisted take on films like IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, HELLRAISER: INFERNO brings quality back to the franchise. It also brings decent acting, impressive direction, great effects, and, believe it or not, genuine chills and scares. Consistently maintaining the sense of dread created in films like JACOB'S LADDER or LOST HIGHWAY, INFERNO abandons previous sequels' use of Pinhead as little more than a soundbite-spouting slasher and focuses on the sins of man, in particular a dirty detective impressively played by Craig Sheffer. Fear not, fans - there are cenobites a'plenty, and they're far scarier than any of the sad, sad jokes found in Parts 3 or 4. Director Scott Derrickson wisely follows the "less is more" school of scares and the nightmarish glimpses of hell as it seeps into our world are far more frightening than anything dished up since Clive Barker was at the reins.A straight-to-video film with a $2 million budget, INFERNO looks and plays better than any other big horror franchise sequel in years. Newcomers to the series may be the most delighted as it doesn't require a deep understanding of the mythology of the Cenobites or Lament Configuration to enjoy this film - nor does it lean on Pinhead popping up, shouting "I am emptiness," and creating new Cenobites in place of plot.All in all, a great, great movie. Refreshing not only for longtime fans of the series but also for anyone looking for a stylish, effective, thoroughly well-made chiller."
Good horror thriller
M. Nichols | 10/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After having watched all four Hellraiser movies, I think Hellraiser Inferno is completely different. Well, I have got the feeling that a lot of true Hellraiser fans won't like this chapter. The protagonist of this movie isn't very sympathic and friendly: he takes drugs, sleeps with hookers(even though he has got a beautiful wife) and denounces his partner at the police station. A lot of people will despise this character and turn off the tv. However I stayed with this broken character and it is quite interesting to see how he unleashes the horrors of the box. His evil character traits are essential for the end of movie. Another flaw is that Pinhead only appears for two or three minutes on the screen. Nonetheless the movie deals with the desperate search of the protagonist for a mysterious person called the Engineer, who is connected with the box. If you accept the fact that this Hellraiser movie is completely different from the other parts, you'll enjoy a great and dark horror thriller."
Very innovative and original sequel
L. Brison | 10/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are expecting a generic slasher sequel in this series, avoid this movie and buy Hellraiser 3 instead. Hellraiser:Inferno takes the overall concept of Hellraiser in a new direction. This movie is more of a crime drama than a slasher flick. This is the first movie since the original that explores the decisions of the main character instead of simply throwing gore and eye candy at the audience. There is a fair amount of gore in this film, but not nearly as much as in the earlier films. What made the Cenobites so interesting in the original Hellraiser was that they didn't get so much coverage in the film and were far more creepy & mysterious. This one keeps that same thought in mind and was far more enjoyable to me because of it. I recommend this film to those who are fans of the original Hellraiser more than its other sequels."
Not the best, but still excellent...
M. Nichols | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first four Hellraiser movies were made by the original creator of hellraiser, Clive Barker. This one was not, as the next one isn't either. When I watched Hellraiser: Inferno, I have to admit I was impressed. This movie is much better than it is credited for, maybe even better than the first installment. It may not compare to 2,3,and 4 in the series, but this movie is worth buying. Do This movie takes an interesting twist on the series, making it different from the first four.not skip Hellraiser Inferno when buying the Hellraiser Series, because you will be missing a good movie."
Refreshing Original Follow Up
L. Brison | England | 02/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Following some of the previous customer reviews of this movie I approached it with some trepidation. However I'm happy to say I was not dissappointed. I loved this film. After the dire Hellraiser4: Bloodline I thought that the series had no where else to go. I was wrong. What we have here is a new and interesting take on the Hellraiser mythology.Pinhead is back to being a sinister presence lurking round the edges of the story. The violence and gore is kept to an effective minimium. The script is sharp and inteligent. The writers have carefully avoided churning out just another bog standard sequel and given us a much more refreshing horror movie. Graig Sheffer is a revelation in the lead role, managing to make his character brutal, corrupt, sympathetic and sexy.I wouldn't usually buy a DVD without seeing the movie first but I have no idea when this film will be released in the UK. It was worth the risk. I was not dissappointed with Hellraiser: Inferno as a film. A few more extra features would have been nice though. There isn't even a trailer. The lack of features on the disc is the only reason that I have given four stars and not five."