Six friends are hooked up to the online game Hellworld which plays in the domain of Pinhead. However, one of them, Adam, gets a bit too tied up in the game and commits suicide.
2 years later, the remaining friends win an entrance ticket to a Hellworld party and they decide to go there together and have some fun. Once arrived at Leviathan house, the estate of Lemarchand, they get a tour by the host (Lance Henriksen) and although it looks like it will be a great night, things quickly change. One by one they experience strange things that will ultimately lead to a meeting with Pinhead and their ultimate death…
Sound and Vision:
The image is quite soft at times which results in a lack of detail but overall things could have been a lot worse. The contrast and colors are good and we didn’t spot too many disturbing compression errors. Some grain is present though.
The 5.1 soundtrack is pretty good for a budget release like this.
It looks like Rick Bota, director of also Hellraiser: Hellseeker and Hellraiser: Deader, can’t have enough of Pinhead. The same year he made Deader, he also made this 8th episode in the Hellraiser series and with Lance Henriksen in a side role he did manage to uplift it above the last movies we got to see. Ok, Hellworld still isn’t a great Hellraiser movie and Pinhead’s role is again quite small, but the overall idea of the movie is better than what we’ve gotten used to. This time we get a rather standard “teenagers go where they shouldn’t go and all get killed” type of film that does an average job on storyline and has some flaws in the plot, but at least it’s mildly entertaining. If more Hellraiser movies were to be made, I suggest they first think up a decent storyline or have Clive Barker write one again.