Written by: Carl Dupre and Tim Day
Directed by: Rick Bota
Starring: Doug Bradley, Dean Winters, Ashley Laurence, William S. Taylor
- Running audio commentary with director Bota
- Alternate scenes with commentary by Bota
- Visual effects walkthrough with FX supervisor Jamison Goel
Released by: Buena Vista Home Video
My Advice: Rent the original.
Surviving a major accident can be a bewildering experience. Especially when you live, but a loved one doesn’t. Trevor (Winters) for example, survived his car crashing and sinking into the river, but his dear wife Kirsty (Laurence) wasn’t found. He is naturally confused and emotional. His confusion is deepened when Detective Lange (Taylor) keeps asking questions about the accident since Kirsty had a big inheritance. Smacking your head against the steering wheel doesn’t help either. This could explain his memory loss (while seemingly in love with his wife, he keeps having hot, nasty, kinky sex with his boss, his neighbor, and his acupuncturist). But can it explain choking up a gigantic eel, having visions of graphic, bloody murder, and seeing a certain person in black leather with pins in his head with a highly decorated box? Is it all in Trevor’s head, are Pinhead (Bradley) and his loyal Cenobites after his soul, or is there another agenda in the works?
The extras for this disc feature some exposition scenes that the director felt were too slow and so he cut them up and sprinkled them around the film. There is also a walkthrough that details how the special effects of several significant scenes were accomplished. It’s all standard material that you can find on any DVD. The commentary is interesting because Bota talks about the various techniques he used to make this film within his limited budget. It appears he put some thought into the look and pace of the film and having to balance satisfying the fans without alienating those not familiar with the mythology. He was smart enough to acquiesce to Bradley when it came to Pinhead’s dialogue that he rewrote. But I have to wonder when he tells that he showed an early cut to Clive Barker himself and Barker actually liked it. And that’s simply because Hellraiser: Hellseeker is a pale, lifeless continuation of a franchise that has run out of power.