I totally didn’t expect it, but this film was awesome! There’s awesome protagonists that go back to the roots of detectives caught up with Pinhead, the Cenobites, and the Lament Configuration.
The expansion of the Heaven and Hell conflict was done very well. I love how Jophiel (the angel who vanished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden) was used as a messenger between God and Pinhead. The fact that God was welcome to allowing a serial killer roam free on the Earth was a very unique situation to showcase.
Genuinely, I would love to see this story continued, although I know the next film is a reboot for this franchise. All in all, I’m thoroughly pleased with this film and I can’t wait to see Hellraiser (2022) in a few weeks!
Somehow, this isn’t the worst film in the franchise, but only just barely.
Pinhead looks like an absolute joke in this film. He literally looks like a failed cosplay of the character who utilized fat-faced prosthetics in making the design. This is the first iteration of the character not portrayed by Doug Bradley, and man, they can’t compete.
I like how this film at least attempts to tell a story, something the previous few films didn’t. There’s some commentary on what Americans deem to be a “good life” that’s fairly interesting, but any revelations come too late in the runtime.
I laughed way more during this film than I expected, but the horror aspects never quite got me. I really enjoyed the score, and Justin Long was the standout cast member for me.
I genuinely don’t know what else to say about this one because it’s just so strange.
More than anything, this film is an intense character study that allowed Mia Goth to leave nothing on the table in her performance. There are two very specific scenes that in my eyes make her a contender for best actress at the 2023 Oscars, but I doubt a film like this one makes it to that stage of consideration.
I love how we know the origins of Pearl in the X franchise and I can’t wait to see the third entry in the franchise when it comes soon!
One note: I LOVE how Pearl on her bicycle was a reminder of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz (1939), it just goes to show how much Ti West appreciate the history of cinema!
Season 3 (7/10):
This season is a tough one to review because there are some awesome moments where we get to see characters shine through (particularly getting to see Harley’s psychologist side every now and then). While those moments are great, there’s so few of them. Main characters are sidelined, and overall, the season just isn’t as strong as the previous two. Some great humor of course, but I definitely didn’t feel as much heart with this one.
Sure, this film takes some time to get moving, but I really think that adds a lot to the conflict of the film and the slasher elements of it all. There’s so much comedy, sex, and gore showcasing the most prominent elements of old school horror and more specifically slasher films.
I appreciate the variety in the kills throughout as it adds uniqueness to each character and the way they leave the world. I also love how different elements of the film are nods to classic horror films such as Jaws (1975), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), and The Shining (1980).
The cast here is genuinely incredible too! I’m a big fan of Jenna Ortega and I really like how she was able to be relevant to the plot without taking the shine away from the main character. Mia Goth of course is great as well serving as the actress for both the protagonist and antagonist in a very unique way. I also have to point out that Kid Cudi does a great job and I really appreciated the humor he brought to the film.
What a terrible film. From start to finish, this screams direct-to-video early 2000’s film in all of the worst ways imaginable.
The final ten minutes were genuinely really cool, but that’s mainly because a character I rather hated was brutally murdered by Pinhead and the Cenobites.
Henry Cavill and Khary Payton we’re both incredible here. I’ve always been a fan of both actors, but seeing them from more than 15 years ago now (and working together on a project) was awesome to see!
After the first 10-15 minutes (and trying to remember who is who), this film absolutely flies by. I liked how this neat little film shows a slice of life for young people in a culture vastly different yet similar to that of the United States.
The thing I thunk I enjoyed the most is the fact that this is simply one day in one location. It feels as though most of the film happens in real time which makes it very interesting to witness.
Overall, I think this film had a really neat idea, but ROUGH execution. This looks like it was made by a film student, the dialogue feels choppy and abnormal, and the camera just does some weird things in terms of framing and being shaky at parts.
There’s a beginning and then suddenly, there’s an end. There’s so much of the story that feels like it’s simply removed from the film and that hurts the quality drastically.
The best way I can describe this film is: father issues with a hint of lesbian love.
This film does something incredibly rare and difficult to accomplish, and that’s balance insane comedy with wholesome and serious drama. I’m my eyes, this is seamlessly and effortlessly done.
I loved this film so much, I was constantly laughing and always felt so connected to the characters and their struggles.
If you get a chance to see this, do it! And have fun with it!
A very very unique film. Loved Maggie Cheung in this of course, she’s absolutely brilliant! The concept itself is so cool and shows just how much actors can delve into their characters and even embody them and their characteristics.
This is definitely a hard one for me to articulate, but this certainty deserves all of the love it always seems to get!
Certainly an incredibly strange and absurd comedy film, but I actually laughed a lot throughout this. The plot genuinely isn’t super important, this is more of a film you watch for the vibes.
I also think this might be the first film I’ve ever seen from Hong Kong so that’s really neat!
I recognize that this film tells a message the I personally cannot relate to in any way whatsoever, but I also recognize that it didn’t draw me in as a general audience member and make me invested in the film. I get super uncomfortable when media has excessive swearing for kids, and it’s even worse when they’re supposed to be around 12-13 as this film, so I know that didn’t help.
Overall, this felt like an exponential decline in interest because the end of the film feels like there’s no more gas in the tank and ends up leaving the story way more open ended than I would’ve liked.
On a technical level, I really enjoyed the coloring throughout the film as well as some really neat uses of lighting, especially on faces.
This is definitely a very unique film and one that I’m not quite sure about. The concept is solid, the technicals are fun, but the execution isn’t fully there. The acting and dialogue feel a bit too cheesy (even for a horror comedy film. I absolutely hated the lead actress having braces because she already looks younger than college age, and they only made her look even younger.
Surprisingly, my favorite cast member in this one was actually Jim Gaffigan who was really funny!
This film is so insanely boring, stupid, and pointless.
I never cared about the protagonist who is yet another new face to the franchise and has to have everything from Pinhead and the Cenobites to the Lament Configuration explained to them. Something we have to see explained in nearly every entry of this franchise.
Then we’ve got the stupid cult in this film called the “Deaders” which sounds like a nickname for zombies given by kids in The Walking Dead universe.
All in all, this is one of the most forgettable films of all time and I doubt I’ll ever remember anything from this outside of the stupid name of the “Deaders” and the fact that the film title takes from that name.