Experience a terrifying new chapter in the legendary Hellraiser series when Hellraiser: Judgment arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. The tenth film in the classic horror series tells the story of three detectives as they struggle to solve a horrifying murder, but instead find themselves thrust into the depths of Pinhead’s hellacious landscape. Including horror icon Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), and written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Hansel & Gretel),
If you’ve seen any random Hellraiser sequel beyond Bloodline, you know it’s a crap-shoot as to whether or not it’s going to be worth watching. Hellraiser: Judgment is the 10th film in the series, which is insane. The last Hellraiser movie was just godawful. It’s hard to not fear a new one, even if you’ve heard some decent buzz. One major problem people had with the last movie, is the absence of Doug Bradley as Pinhead. And seeing as Judgment lacks that element as well, I think I was dreading the worst
I’m surprised to say that THIS new Pinhead was actually okay. The last time it was unwatchable but I think they nailed the character this time, at least as closely as possible without Bradley. Also, we have a great deal of different Cenobites this time around, and some solid gore. One thing that sort of bugged me is, like half if not more of the further sequels in the series, Judgment feels a little like a totally different screenplay for a totally different movie, molded to fit into the Hellraiser universe. But honestly, it didn’t bother me all that much this time around. There is a good deal of actual Hellraiser happenings, so it never feels spliced into a different movie, at least not as bad as it has in the past.
So the question is: should you watch this new sequel? I would say yes, it’s worth at lest a rental, if not a blind buy. If you’re a collector, you’re going to need it anyway, so it helps that the movie itself is okay-ish. I can’t say that I loved it, but I was never bored while watching it. The production values are there, the acting is fine, the makeup effects are great, and as I said before there’s some decent gore involved as well. Scanning through social networking sites, my buddies seem to be split right down the middle. Some enjoyed it, some hated it. I fall into the former category, and would recommend it to fans of Hellraiser, or horror movies in general. We need something new for a weekend view, no?
Lionsgate’s Blu-ray release of Hellraiser: Judgment is available today. You can view the specs and extras below Currently it’s under 20 bucks on Amazon, so grab it up, if you’re interested.
· Deleted & Extended Scenes
· Gag Reel
- Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
- Feature Run Time: 81 minutes
- Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
- DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
- Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
- DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio