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Hellraiser: Deader – Turkey Challenge 2010

Posted in Reviews on November 20, 2010 by aporphyria

This is yet another one of the Hellraiser sequels that do not have enough time with the Cenobites, or even fantastic versions of new ones. But it is always a pleasure to see Doug Bradley returning as Pinhead, even if its only briefly. The story could have been better as a stand alone without anything about Hellraiser involved in it. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t even save the film for me.

Director Rick Bota brings us his 2nd attempt, at yet another sequel to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser film. I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Bota’s first Direction of the film Hellseeker but I didn’t enjoy Deader, even on my 2nd viewing. The film’s title, AFTER the word, Hellraiser, is definitely what describes this film. Its Deader than 7 of the 8 Hellraiser films. Kinda ironic, don’t you think? The only exception is the 5th installment, called ‘Inferno’, which I found to be worse than even this one. But this is generally what happens when there are attempts at sequels in general. Not many surpasses the original, nor do films with many sequels surpass the one even before it.

A newspaper reporter, played by Kari Wuhrer, goes in search of a cult in Romania, called Deaders, whose leader seems to be able to bring back the dead. The leader of this so-called cult, is a descendant of the L’ Merchant family. And because of this, he thinks that he is entitled to own the puzzle box. But Pinhead has a surprise in store for him, as well as the newspaper reporter.

What more can I say? Even though the film first takes place in London, and since Clive Barker was originally from England, with this one, I was hoping for more than what I got. But Barker’s main attachment to this film was just the characters, and like I said above, there wasn’t much of them in this film. About the only thing that I can say that I liked was in the film, Wuhrer’s character had to go to the back of one of the trains in the city to meet a guy who knew about the Deaders. Boy! Were there some interesting things that happened on that train! But as I’ve said before, if you are into sequels, then go ahead and watch this one yourself but don’t be surprised if you are disappointed.

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Hellraiser: Hellworld – Turkey Challenge 2010

Posted in Reviews on November 20, 2010 by aporphyria

When I found out that this was going to come out, I was very excited to hear that Lance Henriksen, who has been in many horror films, was going to be the in the final installment (as of this writing) of the Hellraiser films. I’ve always enjoyed seeing Henriksen in films. And as usual, he is nothing but exceptional in this film as well.

An online game called ‘Hellworld’ is addictive, and someone ends up dying but this person’s friends never really figured out why. They will still play the online game. A party will be thrown for people who play the game. The host is Henriksen, and he will fool the ones to blame for the person who died, and take his revenge.

Many people who like the Hellraiser films, place this one at the very bottom. However, as being one of the Hellraiser fans, it is definitely one of the three at the bottom of the barrel but I believe it is more set in a world that we live in now. A lot of people like to play video games, and an idea is – what if an online game could be considered very real?

Unfortunately, as per usual, not much of even Pinhead in this film. Doug Bradley’s character has been declining time and time again. Some interesting things do occur in this film but overall there wasn’t much of the original Hellraiser world even attached to it. This happened with the other Rick Bota Hellraiser sequel, called Deader. But fear not, for there is a remake of the original on the horizon. However, most people will shun at even the thought of yet another remake of one of the most original story ideas brought to film. And trust me – I’m one of them.

So, anyhow… The next time you play an online game, or watch a movie for that matter, be careful – you just might not get what you hoped, or even planned for.

The Alchemist – Turkey Challenge 2010

Posted in Reviews on November 12, 2010 by aporphyria

Is the past doomed to repeat itself?

Charles Band directed this film in his early days, before Full Moon pictures even existed. It is a story written by Alan J. Adler, about a man who gets cursed by an evil magician because of what happened to the man’s wife. Years later, an old lady tries to save him by removing the curse. Two people unexpectedly get drawn into their lives. Demons get sent out for one of them because that seems to be the only way to save the man who was cursed in the beginning.

Because of my user-name, my comment on the film may be considered biased, but I did have issues with the film. For one, Robert Ginty’s character of Aaron, would growl when he went into his curse ‘mode’. It sounded like a bear or wild animal, and I thought that it was kinda silly. Same with some of the special effects. But there is one similarity to some of Band’s other films that he worked on, or was involved with. The neon/florescent green effect that is in this film is similar to the ones in the films “Doctor Mordrid”, and “Re-Animator” as well. During the end of the story is the best part as far as the special effects in the film go though.

One of the things that I really liked was the fact that in the end credits, Steve Roach is listed as the person who did the synthesized sound effects. He is better known as an ambient musician. But as far as the acting goes in the film, most of the actors were exceptional, except for Lucinda Dooling, who plays Lenora. Even though she is quite pretty, she has to be one of the worst actresses that I’ve ever seen. Also, the scenes where she is driving her car are just too long as well.

Two other things not in the film that I wanted to point out though is the fact that the year that this film shows here on IMDb is wrong. It says 1984, and the release date is 1986. At the end credits of the film, it specifically says 1981. Also the picture thats on here on the title page. Its for the film, “The House on Sorority Row”, which you can specifically read in the picture.

Not too bad of a story but “The Alchemist” could have been a whole lot better if there had been more of a budget.

The rating that I will give for the general public will be 4/10 but because my nickname has been “Alchemie” for over 15 years, I am very biased with my own rating: 7/10