Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
Directed By: Rick Bota
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Doug Bradley, Katheryn Winnick, Christopher Jacot, Khary Payton, Henry Cavill
Subgenre: Demons & Possession
Synopsis: A group of college kids get invited to a private party for players of Hellworld, an online game based on the Hellraiser universe.
Thoughts: Hellraiser has gone through many iterations in its existence. Producers have treated Pinhead like a slasher and even sent him into space. Hellworld takes this to another level. They put him in a video game. Seriously, there is a game based on the Cenobites and the Lament Configuration. Thankfully, the movie quickly moves away from the video game. I was afraid that we were going to be treated to a version of Pinhead akin to The Lawnmower Man.
The premise isn’t the only thing that differs in Hellworld. There is a lot more sex. A lot more. Not that I am one to complain about such a thing, but it seemed out of place in a Hellraiser movie. On top of that, the deaths seem to gratuitous as well. They felt like they were lifted from a discarded Saw script.
Aside from Doug Bradley, Hellworld also brings in genre favorite Lance Henriksen as the nefarious host of the party. There isn’t anything great about Henriksen’s role, but just his presence on the screen adds a “cool factor” to the movie. The cast of party goers is reminiscent of slasher movies. They are attractive and wholly disposable.
In some ways, Hellworld works as a horror flick. It has a lot of elements that horror fans look for, making it a decent watch. Personally, I don’t think it fits into the Hellraiser canon, but it is a better movie than Deader, the previous entry. Check it out, but don’t be expecting something that reinvents the genre.