Director(s): Rick Bota (Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Hellraiser: Hellworld) Writer(s): Neal Marshall Stevens (Thir13en Ghosts) & Tim Day Starring: Kari Wuhrer, Doug Bradley I get the feeling that if Dimension has its way, the Hellraiser series will surpass Witchcraft for the largest numbers of sequels produced. Now on its seventh installment, with an eighth due out in […]

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Director(s): Rick Bota (Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Hellraiser: Hellworld)
Writer(s): Neal Marshall Stevens (Thir13en Ghosts) & Tim Day
Starring: Kari Wuhrer, Doug Bradley

I get the feeling that if Dimension has its way, the Hellraiser series will surpass Witchcraft for the largest numbers of sequels produced. Now on its seventh installment, with an eighth due out in September thanks to the Miramax – Disney battle coming to a close, the Hellraiser sequels past the fourth (where Anthony Hickox took Pinhead into space and got kicked out of Hollywood and into DTV subsequently) have been much the same. They’ve all been suspenseful mystery flicks that could easily be standalone films without the two-minute appearance of Pinhead.

Hellraiser: Deader, is as expected, much of the same plotwise. Chain-smoking reporter who plays by her own rules Amy (Wuhrer) is sent to Romania to investigate a group called the Deadites. From the looks of a videotape sent to her editor, a charismatic cult leader is convincing people to kill themselves. The twist to the story is that the man somehow brings the bodies back to life afterwards. Traveling through Romania, Amy is lead down a road filled with decrepit clues, with one being the puzzle box that brings Pinhead (Bradley) into her life.

As far as a story goes, Deader is just plain uninteresting. I’m not big on supernatural plots, and Deader just didn’t get me going. Director Rick Bota is fully responsible for its successes. He and the special effects team are what make Deader a film possibly worth watching. There are some creepy and stylish scenes in here that I just loved.

As a whole this probably isn’t worth it unless you actually need to have your Pinhead fix for the year. I enjoyed Hellraiser: Inferno to a certain extent, but Deader just didn’t do much for me aside from the directing.

DVD: This is a jam-packed DVD from Dimension. Starting off, there are two commentary tracks. A lively one with director Rick Bota and the special effects man, and a fairly listenable track with Bota and Doug Bradley. Bradley was only on set for a few days, so there are a lot of dead spots. There’s also something like thirty minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary. Since I wasn’t a big fan of the film itself I didn’t watch them all, but the comments from Bota are interesting.

There are some other features as well, including a nice visual effects featurette, storyboard-to-film comparisons, and a very cool location scouting-to-film featurette.

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