Most screenwriting classes will tell you to write the script for your budget. In most cases, the budget is low, so a general rule is to write a low-budget script. Someone should have told Barker that because with the hell dimensions, scary creatures, special effects and extreme violence, he clearly didn’t adjust his script. The downside to that is that this overly ambitious script looks more like amateur hour when realized on the big screen.
I liked the human stories in the film, but the movie would’ve been better without Kristy (the daughter). They could have split her parts up between the brother and the wife and it would’ve simplified things a little bit. Or at least create some kind of Julia-Kristy hybrid character. Barker also should’ve simplified the Cenobite angle and focused more on Pinhead just “appearing” out of nowhere. We didn’t need any effects with him because he was creepy enough. Just have him appear “alone” and stick to the shadows. I didn’t mind the three-way relationship with Frank, his brother and his brother’s wife. It worked for what they needed it to do.
Maybe Clive Barker knew that the film would spark 7 sequels and that’s why he left a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of themes open. I did like the themes of pleasure and pain and the lengths people will go to in order to survive, but I thought they got lost with the desire to do too much. Overall, I found the movie to be predictable and poorly executed, which took away from the decent story and idea.
Interviews (45:31): This is a collection of interviews, broken up into three sections. The one with the composer was pretty dry, but the one with Ashley Laurence was entertaining. I love how everyone involved with the sequels can readily admit they’re bad. That’s very refreshing.
Hellraiser: Resurrection (24:58): This featurette was made for the SE DVD a while back and Barker was heavily involved with it. It covers the basics of the film, but the treat is to hear Barker speak so openly about the film and the series. Obviously, this was intended to promote the remake of the film, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Under the Skin (12:03): Pinhead himself shows up for his own interview and it’s pretty good. A lot of it is similar to what he said in the making-of featurette, but it’s still worth watching.
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