Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Starring: Paul T. Taylor, Heather Langenkamp, Randy Wayne
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Lionsgate Films
Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.
I’m going to shock a lot of people right out the gate here by saying that I don’t think Hellraiser: Judgment sucks. No, it isn’t on a level of the first three Hellraiser movies but it manages to be solid enough to blow any of the last three films out of the water easily. We do have the blood you’d expect, but this time around Hellraiser takes more of a gross-out turn with more than its fair share of scenes that might make it a little hard for you to stomach what we’re seeing. Horror director John Gulager even plays a role that causes some stomach turning. As far as the man himself, Pinhead goes, I’ll say this much. Nobody will probably ever top Doug Bradley, but Paul T. Taylor is miles and miles ahead of the last guy to play Pinhead (Stephan Smith Collins). He’s got some creepy friends along with him as well aside from his usual crew of leather wearing misfits. In the story, it seems that both Pinhead and company, as well as the local detectives, are on the case of a serial killer that is using biblical methods in his ways. In an element that might make some a bit uneasy, the OTHER side of the afterlife besides Hell plays a role in this plot. I’m not sure how I feel about how that is done myself, but at least brings something different and interesting to the mix.
The overall story has a few twists and turns. Our leads aren’t the most interesting people we’ve ever seen, but our army of evil folks at least make up for that for the most part. Pinhead is fine as is here and his sidekick, The Auditor, played by the director himself is a pretty interesting addition to the Hellraiser lore. Now I’m not saying that Hellraiser: Judgment is a great movie. But for a Hellraiser film following what we’ve seen from the franchise, it isn’t bad. I was grossed out a bit, I was interested in the story enough, and if we can all just get past the fact that we no longer have Dough Bradley as Pinhead and learn to accept it, I think we can all have a good time with the latest Hellraiser. Plus, with the ending, it leaves the door open for a very interesting turn for the next film if it decides to closely follow the path this one laid out.
– Deleted & Extended Scenes
– Gag Reel
Quality of Transfer: 97%
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