Some films send their characters to hell and back, but few do so with the genre-bending, mind-****ing intensity of Kill List. Equal parts drama, thriller, and horror, the movie takes both characters and viewers on a hellish descent down the bloody rabbit hole with stops along the way for mystery, murder, and flesh-busting madness.
Jay (Neil Maskell) has been out of work for eight months, and his wife Shel (MyAnna Buring) is not about to let him forget it. They fight constantly about finances pausing periodically to assure their young son that mommy and daddy still love each other before returning to the fray. Jay’s friend Gal (Michael Smiley) comes over for dinner along with his new girlfriend, Fiona (Emma Fryer), and the four spend a raucous night of laughs and alcohol punctuated with an ugly and awkward outburst between the feuding couple.
It should be noted that Jay’s past career was that of a hit-man, and when Gal offers him the opportunity to get back into the game he jumps at the chance. The two of them partner up on an assignment for a mysterious client who slowly doles out their targets one at a time. As the hits progress so does Jay’s increasing blood-lust and desire to inflict pain, and soon the act of killing becomes less of a job and more an act of sadistic righteousness.
Trust me when I say that you have never seen a hammer used as effectively, cruelly, and beautifully as you will here. Seriously, prepare to wince.
The hype on this movie is correct. I have never seen a movie this bad in my life. The Room is visual poetry compared to this film. Plan 9 is nuanced in retrospect. Writer\Director\Producer\Visionary James Nguyen (pronounced Win!!) has done something here that tends to defy description because, no matter how you try to explain it to someone, it just has to be seen to be believed. I hope I’m not over-hyping it, but this movie will climb into your soul and take purchase there, forever shading your day-to-day with a rosy glow of epic, epic win. Now that this movie exists for people to watch and is readily available on DVD for mass consumption, there is nothing standing in the way of you and your dreams… if your dreams involve being an actor or filmmaker or producer or special effects technician or cinematographer or if you just wanna smoke cigarettes and hold a boom. You will have no fear because nothing that you do could ever, ever come close to being in the town across the river from the neighborhood of anything this bad. This movie is the antithesis of all that is good. And I loved every second of it.
Pretty much covers what I have heard about this. One of those 'so bad it's good' movies. Rent it with a case o'suds and some friends. Or just the suds.
There is no amount of suffering Pinhead and his cenobite army could inflict that can compare with the agony of sitting through Hellraiser: Revelations, a desperate final cash-grab made without a single ounce of thought or discernible talent. Not only does this entry make all the other sequels seem great in comparison, you could easily confuse this for some Hellraiser mockbuster from the folks at The Asylum.
...In case you were living under a rock, this production was met with fan controversy (as much as could be generated for a thankless DVD sequel) when the great Doug Bradley announced that he would not be returning to the role he helped to originate. Considering the quality of the other sequels, that was the biggest red flag of all and should have been the "revelation" the producers needed to axe this project, but they foolishly went ahead and recast one of the MOST ICONIC ROLES IN HORROR HISTORY with some random new guy. Imagine if they made a direct-to-video Evil Dead IV, casting Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in place of Bruce Campbell, and you have a pretty good idea of how well this works. By comparison the new Pinhead looks and acts like the lead singer of some bad Norwegian Hellraiser-inspired goth band.