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Hellraiser, Horror - Demons, Horror - Torture

Hellraiser 10: Judgement (2018)

Duration1h 21m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: Not Rated, Norway 15
Source of storyThe hellish monsters from the previous films with added characters, blood and gore.
DirectorGary J. Tunnicliffe
Writers/ScriptGary J. Tunnicliffe
StarringDamon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, Helena Grace Donald,
RatingsIMDb: 4.3/10 by 7k people.  Rotten Tomatoes:33% by 12 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10.

Summary: This edition of the Pinhead presents the creatures at the gateway to hell in a slightly different way. In order to capture souls an interrogation system is set up in a lonely house and we see it being tested on a vagrant, who is strapped to a chair and interrogated by a human with chaotic facial cuts, then a fat man appears who seems to eat a document relating to the captive, and who vomits into a bowl the results being funnelled though a pipe to project onto the semi-naked bodies of three young woman. Meanwhile two detectives are trying to solve a series of particularly gruesome murders carried out by a serial killer. Sean, one of the detectives is led to the Coenobite house and goes through the process of judgement ending up strapped to a table, but is saved by the intervention of Jophiel, apparently an angel. A third detective, a woman, suspects that Sean is the serial killer, but is killed by him. What else can happen?

Content: No sex but just a bit of partial female nudity. Most of the film is concerned with the presentation of hellish judgement, with characters ending up on a table to be slashed about by a character known as the surgeon. The detectives meet in the police station and go out to investigate the murders. The various denizens of hell including Pinhead are seen but appear to have minor roles in this presentation, as do the puzzle boxes which have in the past connected humans with hell. But the chains and hooks which pierce and pull people’s skins are seen, particularly in the dispatch of Jophiel.

A View: This film cost almost nothing in filmic terms, a figure of $350,000 being mentioned in Wikipedia, which, to be honest, I had to consult to find out what was going on. I am still not sure why the angel Jophiel had to be dispatched with the chains and hooks. I only watched it because I have become a bit of a collector of the franchise and did not like it much. Judging by the box office not many other people liked it either.

I am not really an enthusiast for torture films and so have only reviewed a few on this site, but they include Hellraiser 3, Saw II and Saw III.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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