Wednesday, October 5, 2011

2011 October Horror Movie Challenge Movie 17: Hellraiser V: Inferno

From the beginning of this movie, when we meet a cop who narrates the story like he's Sam Malone or something, I thought this might be as good as the original movie since it had creepy imagery and a seriously nasty feel to the events. then it got a little ridiculous, and nope, not as good as the original, but still way better than the fourth movie, so I liked it. The aforementioned cop is a seedy, sleazy police detective who goes on and on about how he loves his family and loves his wife, but she doesn't understand that his sleeping with prostitutes helps him stay faithful to her (um...what?) so he has to keep this part of his life a secret. Ok, player.

Of course, his life starts to take a sinister turn when, after one of those rendezvous with a prostitute which keep him all faithful and stuff, he wakes up on the bathroom floor and finds the titular puzzle box, which makes his life a living hell (ha ha ha, I said hell). He goes back to work but gets a call from the prostitute, who sounds like she's being eviscerated in the motel room where he left her, and all hell breaks loose (ha ha ha...) As much as this guy is a skeezebucket, he seems to genuinely love his daughter, so the scenes with her actually work even though we don't particularly feel sorry for him. He screwed up his own life, but that's not his family's fault. Plus the cenobites (demon minions who help assist Pinhead in tearing peoples' souls apart) are pretty nasty in this movie. Altogether, it's well worth a watch (and it beats the hell out of "Pinhead in space").

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