Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Lawrence Mortoff, Christopher Figg, Clive Barker (executive) for Fifth Dimension Entertainment
directed by Anthony Hickox
starring Terry Farrell, Paula Marshall, Doug Bradley, Kevin Bernhardt, Ken Carpenter, Lawrence Mortorff, Ashley Laurence, Sharon Percival, Philip Hyland, David Young, Brent Bolthouse, Peter Atkins, Peter G.Boynton, George Lee, Aimée Leigh, Ron Norris, Steve Painter, Paul Vincent Coleman, Anthony Hickox, Shanna Teare (= Shanna Lynn), Bob Bragg, Bob Stephens, Clayton Hill, Sharon Hill, Robert C.Treveiler, Chris Frederick, Lawrence Kuppin, Young Bobby Knoop, James D.R.Hickox, Tonya Saunders, Angela Thomas, Kimm Ball, Cassandra Perry, Anna Maria Isaacs, Flame, John Bush, Joey Vera, Phil Sandoval, Jeff Duncan, Gonzo
story by Tony Randel, Peter Atkins, screenplay by Peter Atkins, based on characters by Clive Barker, special effects by Bob Keen
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Weird things are going on at a New York hospital, including a young man
ripped apart by chains that seem to come out of nowhere - so reporter Joey
(Terry Farrell) decides to investigate ... and soon she has tracked down a
homeless goth girl, Terri (Paula Marshall) who has helped selling a
certain statue to clubowner J.P. (Kevin Bernhardt) - and of course,
the statue has everything to do with it since it holds prisoner Pinhead
(Doug Bradley) and his Cenobites, who desperately want to break out ...
and soon enough, they have persuaded J.P. to help them ...
Joey and Terri meanwhile become good friends and Joey even allows the
girl to live in her appartment - until Terri learns that Joey will leave
for Monterey soon, feels betrayed, and goes to J.P., her former lover -
but he now wants to feed her to the statue to free the Cenobites. Thing
is, Terri is smarter than she looks, sacrifices J.P. instead, makes a deal
with Pinhead and ... leaves the picture.
Joey meanwhile has a recurring nightmare, that about her father (Peter
G.'Boynton) dieing in Vietnam, only this time something new has been
added: Captain Elliot Spencer (Doug Bradley), Pinhead's former human form,
who warns her that the Cenobites want to take over the world and tells her
she can only stop them with the puzzlebox that is currently in her
Soon enough, Joey arrives at J.P.'s club to find the guests even
slaughtered or turned into Cenobites, and before she knows it, she finds
herself on the run - and only eventually she finds a way to control the
puzzlebox and send the Cenobites back to hell. Then she buries the box in
wet concrete - but soon enough it will probably resurface ...
With Hellraiser 3, the Hellraiser franchise has
left the UK and gone to the USA - which is not such a good idea, because
with that move, the series has ultimately turned from the visionary horror
that the original Hellraiser
was to rather pointless B-movie fare. That's not to say that Hell on
Earth is an exceptionally bad movie, actually it's quite ok, it's
competently crafted, the effects are mostly adequate, and even the story -
despite the occasional gaping plotholes and leaps of reason - is not that
bad. It's just a routine, undistinguishable piece of horror that's not
really worth remembering ...