Hellraiser: Inferno

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Hellraiser: Inferno
Home video poster
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Produced by W.K. Border
Joel Soisson
Written by Paul Harris Boardman
Scott Derrickson
Based on Characters
by Clive Barker
Starring Doug Bradley
Craig Sheffer
Nicholas Turturro
James Remar
Music by Walter Werzowa
Cinematography Nathan Hope
Edited by Kirk M. Morri
Distributed by Dimension Home Video
Miramax Films
Release date
  • October 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Hellraiser: Inferno (also known as Hellraiser V: Inferno[1]) is a 2000 American horror film. It is the fifth installment in the Hellraiser series and the first Hellraiser film to go straight-to-DVD. It was directed by Scott Derrickson and released on October 3, 2000. The film concerns a corrupt detective who discovers Lemarchand's box at a crime scene. The film's reviews were mixed.


Joseph Thorne is a corrupt Denver police detective who regularly indulges in drug use and infidelity during the course of duty. At the scene of what appears to be a ritual murder, Thorne discovers a strange puzzle box, which he takes home in order to indulge his fascination with puzzles. After solving the box, Thorne begins to experience bizarre hallucinations, such as being seduced by a pair of mutilated women and being chased by a creature with no eyes or legs. Thorne also makes a connection between the murder and a killer known as "The Engineer," who is suspected of having kidnapped a child. Thorne goes in search of the Engineer, who in turn begins murdering Thorne's friends and associates, leaving behind one of the child's fingers at every crime scene.

While undergoing therapy for his hallucinations, Thorne's psychiatrist reveals himself to be "Pinhead", the leader of a group of entities known as the Cenobites, who use the puzzle box as a portal between their realm and the mortal realm. Pinhead informs Thorne that he has in fact been in the Cenobite's realm since opening the box, where they have been subjecting him to psychological torture for the various cruelties he has inflicted on others: The Engineer is a manifestation of Thorne's own cruelty, while the child is a personification of Thorne's innocence, which he has slowly been killing through corruption, hedonism, and violence. As hooked chains appear and begin to ensnare Thorne, Pinhead informs him that he will be subjected to an eternity of torment for his sins.



Calum Marsh for Esquire called the film "shockingly good" and said "Inferno feels less like a Hellraiser movie than a follow-up to Jacob's Ladder (or maybe a predecessor to Silent Hill), floating dream-like through hallucinatory David Lynchian visions and downplaying plot in favor of the surreal."[2] JoBlo.com gave the film a seven out of ten rating and also felt the film wasn't very similar to its predecessors saying "Without a doubt the film’s biggest flaw is calling itself "Hellraiser"."[3]


  1. ^ "Hellraiser V: Inferno - Official Site". Miramax.com. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Marsh, Calum (2013-10-24). "The (Halloween) Netflix Streaming Endorsement: The Shockingly Good Hellraiser V". Esquire. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 
  3. ^ "Hellraiser 5: Inferno (2000)". JoBlo.com. Retrieved 2017-10-30. 

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