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Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth - 2 out of 5
Continuity is NOT something horror film franchises are known for. Most of them are stand alone stories that just have the same killer in it or, you could be like the Halloween franchise and complete disavow events that take place in three different movies when you do a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original--but for some reason, a sequel with Busta Rhymes is considered to be canon. Occasionally, horror film franchises have sequels that are connected pretty tightly to the previous one (the Saw franchise comes to mind) and, surprisingly, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is actually connected to the last one.
The creator of the series takes a backseat as Clive Baker neither directed or wrote this film's story. Maybe that's a good thing after the confused mess the 2nd film's story was. However this one builds on the end of Hellbound: Hellraiser II. I didn't mention it in my review of that film, but the end finds Pinhead and the puzzle box trapped in a large pillar--creatively called the Pillar of Souls. However, after Kirsty forced Pinhead to remember he was once a human, he becomes torn in two--the evil side; Pinhead, and his human side trapped in limbo. But everything is cool though, right? The evil side is trapped in the Pillar of Souls, correct? Well, yes but all it takes is some blood to free him and, apparently, in this reality where this story takes place, getting a person to bleed and have the blood shot ridiculously through the air to hit the pillar isn't difficult at all. So, after some events, the evil Pinhead is unleashed back on earth with no human side to control him. He is now free to kill without any rules holding him back. Meanwhile, the human side is reaching out to a young reporter and showing her how to stop his darker half...
The story is interesting, I'll give the movie that but the usual horror film cliches hurts this movie bad. The acting is terrible and it's quite possible everyone in the film suffers from a learning disability. For example, Pinhead creates new Cenobites to assist him in bringing hell to the world and, while they're terrorizing the streets, the cops show up (this shouldn't be a surprise) but one of the Cenobites tosses some gasoline at them. One of the cops comments how it's gas and they have at least 30 seconds to run before the same Cenobite spits fire at them. Do the cops run? No, instead, they stand still and scream while they wait for the fire to come at them. And then there's a scene of things blowing up down a city street and you can clearly see two extras walking down the sidewalk, not concerned at all about the explosions. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!?
The simplicity of the people of this film is a point of humor that can be collected from the film and the story is kinda cool but with some weak acting and a bad habit of lacking action and a dragging narrative, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth fails to deliver what the title promises. Instead, it's more of hell on a single street.