The Hellraiser series as a whole is truthfully a jumbled mess of a franchise. While parts one and two are pretty much universally loved, and three has it's moments the rest however are pretty bad. In fact the majority of them were simply horror films that Pinhead was inserted into so the studio could retain the rights.
Luckily director and writer Gary Tunicliffe is a fan or the Series and general lore of the characters. Having someone involved like that was the first must have. The second was replacing Doug Bradley as Pinhead. I. Happy to say, that although not on par with the first two films Hellraiser Judgement has succeeded where the other sequels have failed.
Hellraiser Judgement follows the story of three detectives on the trail of The Preceptor a serial killer who killing people based off of the Ten Commandments. Not not do the police want him but so do the Cenobites. See they have set up shop at an old decrepit house on the outskirts of town.
There purpose is to lure way word souls to their house of horror, where a new Cenobite named The Auditor is waiting. He questions said victims about there sins before they are dragged away and dismembered by naked female Cenobite and a few old returning favorites. As we are in the information age The Auditor thinks that the Lament Configuration is a relic of the past and that the internet is what should now be used to bring in various sinners, something Pinhead is not so sure of. Of course all of this puts our detectives, and killer on a course for the house and the Cenobites.
So bottom line is it good? Yes, yes it is. Paul Taylor does a fantastic job taking on the role of Pinhead. He has a dark and gothic manor about him that has been lacking since the original two films. He actually even is affected mentally by new challenges in this film, that set up for what could be an amazing sequel.
The film does also bring back the gore and torture elements that have been missing as well. The opening scene is one of the bloodiest I have witnessed in recent years. As the budget was moderately low practical effects we're heavily relied on which is a Godsend to old-school fans like myself.
Hellraiser Judgement is a definitely right up there with the first three and it's a great way to help Jump-start a series that sadly never should have gone to the way side. Definitely worth picking up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars