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Hellraiser: Ranking the cult horror franchise

Hellseeker Kirsty

6. Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)

Hellseeker should have been bigger and better than it turned out to be, having the return of Ashley Lawrence as Kirsty for the first time since Hellraiser 3. Sadly, the decision to make Kirsty a spurned lover using the Lament Configuration as revenge against her husband felt so out of character for her. If the film didn’t involve Kirsty then it would probably be further up the list. As it is, it suffers for her inclusion.


5. Hellraiser: Deader (2005)

Released the same year as Hellworld, Deader feels much more like a Hellraiser film. The story follows an investigative journalist who is looking into a cult that is killing and resurrecting people so that their leader, a descendant of the the designer of the Lament Configuration, can vanquish Pinhead.

Despite not beginning as a Hellraiser film, it works well as a part of the franchise; one that manages to build upon and use the preexisting mythology without trying to shake up the status-quo.


4. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)

Inferno was the first Hellraiser film that made me scared of the Cenobites from a psychological point of view. The hooks and chains take a back seat in this entry as Pinhead and his minions play a game of psychological torture against a highly unlikable detective who stumbles across the Lament Configuration at a crime scene.

It’s easy to see how this film started off as another project before the Hellraiser elements were added later on, but it’s one that works incredibly well and will stick with you in a way that some of the others wont.

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