Stephan Smith Collins (Tenderloin)
Steven Brand (The Scorpion King)
Nick Eversman (The Duff)
Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said)
Sebastien Roberts (Trauma)
Devon Sorvari (Gilmore Girl)
Fred Tatasciore (Hulk Vs)
Steven Craven and Nico Bradley run away from home and travel to Mexico. They film themselves engaging in several days’ worth of drunken partying. The boys later disappear. The Mexican authorities return their belongings to their parents, including a videotape made by Steven that documents their final moments.
A year later, the families of the two missing boys gather for dinner. Tensions rise when Emma, Steven’s sister and Nico’s girlfriend, expresses frustration with their lack of closure. She demands that her mother reveal the contents of Steven’s videotape, which she has been obsessively watching in private. Later, Emma sneaks a look at the tape, which documents Steven and Nico picking up a girl in a bar. A flashback reveals that Nico murdered the girl while having sex in the bar’s restroom, and later threatened to implicate Steven in the killing to force him to continue their “vacation” together.
A final flashback reveals that Nico solved the puzzle box, opening a portal to the realm of the Cenobites: extra-dimensional sadomasochists led by Pinhead who offer the ultimate sensual experience. Steven flees, but Nico is taken to the Cenobites’ realm to be subjected to extreme torture and mutilation. The box is nearby, allowing Nico to communicate with Steven. Steven later kills several prostitutes so their blood can regenerate Nico, but Nico kills Steven when he refuses to continue. The “Steven” holding the families hostage is really Nico in disguise, who taunts his victims with a shotgun. He demands that Emma solve the puzzle box for him, intending for the Cenobites to take her in his place thus assuring his freedom.
Emma opens the portal and the Cenobites—including Steven—appear. Pinhead recognizes in Emma a dark sexual desire and taunts her with innuendo. Nico’s mother ignores Pinhead’s command to remain silent, exclaiming that Nico forced Emma to solve the box, and is killed. When Emma’s father shoots Nico the Cenobites vanish with Emma’s mother instead. Her father apologizes, then dies in Emma’s arms. The film ends with Emma reaching for the puzzle box.
After reading other reviews I went into this expecting an absolutely abysmal film. While its certainly not on par with the early Hellraiser movies I feel it is far better than some other recent efforts, as they do for the most part attempt to stay close the roots of the original films. Obviously the first thing you will notice is the lack of Doug Bradley as Pinhead. I know he has a chubbier face and deep down we all hate to see someone else as Pinhead. You will get more out of this movie if you stop yourself from comparing the new actor to Doug Bradley.