Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (1992) *** [Hellraiserthon Pt. 3]

Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (1992) brought the series into the 90s and with it every cliche of that decade's horror films (bad fashion, poor performances, hyper-stylized camerawork, cheesy music). Gone is the cold blue look of the first two films, gone are the strong lead performances, gone are the tragic familial elements, and gone is the old school gothic flavor. While it ups the action, it also ups the silliness, particularly when it comes to the Cenobites (and even Pinhead is a bit too pristine). It's not bad per say and I like that it didn't simply try to replicate the first two films, but Hellraiser III works better as a slice of fun entertainment and less as a thought-provoking meditation on themes, as with the first film and the first half of the second.

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