Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) - Scott Derrickson

58/100

The third best in the Hellraiser franchise!

Director: Scott Derrickson
Producers: W.K. Border & Joel Soisson
Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Starring: Doug Bradley, Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar
Music: Walter Werzowa
Cinematography: Nathan Hope
Editor: Kirk M. Morri
Distributed by: Dimension Home Video, Miramax Films
Released: Oct 3, 2000
Running time: 99 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

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Hellraiser: Inferno is a straight-to-video sequel to the popular Hellraiser film franchise. It was directed by filmmaker Scott Derrickson and released on October 3rd, 2000. It stars Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar and of course, Pinhead himself, Mr. Doug Bradley. This was originally based on a script that had no connection whatsoever to the original franchise. Pinhead and the Cenobites were added in later to help tie this in.

Dirty detective Joseph Thorne “works” for the Denver police department. While investigating the crime-scene of a gruesome death of an old acquaintance, Joseph finds the Lemarchand's box. Lacking basic human morals he steals the box and gets wrapped up in a hell that is uniquely his own. Joe unfortunately gets his good-guy partner wrapped up in a whole situation that involves a macabre murderer known as the Engineer and a missing child. Insert Pinhead, Cenobites and a lot of cowboys.

Hellraiser: Inferno is far more intellectual than I had ever given it credit for. I had seen this feature a number of times, but only now did I see how good it really is. Hell on Earth and Bloodlines had their own little charms, but they actually pale in comparison to this one. Craig Sheffer is great. It’s awesome to see him in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser franchise. I had also enjoyed seeing James Remar as Detective Throne’s psychiatrist, Dr. Gregory.

Scott Derrickson took the franchise in a totally different direction with this entry. It marks the first stand-alone, morality tale in the series. A movie that doesn’t need to tie into the cannon. Something that would carry over into future films like Hellraiser: Deader or Hellworld. He does a great job of delivering creepy, grotesque imagery while telling a decent, albeit fractured story. This is a good movie that every Hellraiser fan should see.