Hellraiser: Judgment, written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, wasn’t necessarily a fantastic movie, but as opposed to every other straight-to-DVD installment in the franchise launched by Clive Barker in 1987, it has a ton of potential. The 1st Act was awesome before the story was weighed down by an unoriginal, meandering story arch. Still, Judgment is a wellspring of inspiration and raw materials for a rebooted Hellraiser franchise.
One theme that was brought up but left unexplored is the way technology has changed the way we seek out and participate in sinful behaviors. The opening scene of Hellraiser: Judgment features Pinhead and The Auditor bemoaning the fact that no one is seeking out the Lament Configuration anymore because access to the extremes of pleasure and pain are readily available to all who desirer them. They’re talking about the Internet.
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For centuries, those who longed for the pleasures of Heaven and/or tortures of Hell sought a wooden and brass puzzle-box created by Philip Lemarchand to open elusive portals. Today, Hellseekers can find access to those same delights through their cell phones. Tinder, Silk Road, and the Dark Web beckon would-be sinners. Indeed, your cell phone has become the Lament Configuration of the 21st Century—and the Internet is Leviathan’s domain.
While themes of alternate realities and gaming were explored in Hellworld, Judgment really hints at the crux of technology’s power in our modern age. If you have yet to experience Hellraiser: Judgment for yourself, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to hunt down a gruesome serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a maze of horror, which may lead them into the depths of hell.
Hellraiser: Judgment stars Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, and Alexandra Harris.