Oh Doug Bradley, you got away while the gettin' was good ! The man who graced us all as the beloved (and Hell's Official Dean of Discipline)- Pinhead, for 8 films, opted to bypass this (remake ?)- and while some of the latter in the Hellraiser series were fairly atrocious, they have no equal in utter detestability as this movie.
The quality of Bradley's acting as the lead Cenobite was unsurpassed in both conviction and creepiness - his sullen tones only accentuated what was emitted as pure disdain for his victims, we all got the chill when he appeared onscreen, yet couldn't wait for him to return to punish again and again. Unfortunately, Bradley declined to work on this film due to unreasonable shooting requests & a rushed script that just didn't seem to make any sense to him. In the role was placed Stephan Smith Collins, a British actor who has split time between roles, stunts & make-up for several TV shows and films. Not to take a dump on the man's work (I haven't seen any more of it to be honest) - but you just can't stick any English actor in this role and have it be as effective.
Collins' portrayal comes off as someone that got gussied up in his favorite Pinhead costume, headed off to a horror con, and spit out some lines from assorted Hellraiser movies......there's just NOTHING there. As for the remainder of the cast, we are left with a mishmash of characters that frankly, you couldn't (or wouldn't) give a monkeys red rear end about if you met them on the street. We begin the story with the found-footage of two whiny late-age teens that are taking a road trip to Mexico for some senoritas and margaritas (how many times can the word Tijuana be uttered ?? you'll see.) - these two are apparently mad at the world for whatever reason, and it won't take too long for them to get under your skin.
It's not too long before they come in possession of the dreaded puzzle box that has damned so many lives (not quite sure how it found its way to Mexico) - needless to say curiousity gets the better of one of the teens, and its not too long before pseudo-Pinhead comes a knockin'. We then flash to a vigil held by both teens families when they haven't returned from their trip (to which they gave no explanation as to why they left), and when 1 of the 2 does finally come stumbling back home, he is ridden with nightmares about someone tearing his friend apart and begins spouting messages about the ills of the world and how the power of sex can strengthen people beyond belief......yeah, sure. I won't proceed any further with a continuation of events due to the sheer daftness of it all.
There is a plus here....wait for it...the GORE is the savior of this atrocity - some good flesh-ripping and other assorted means of torture are what makes this watchable, but just barely. There really was no conceivable reason to have this movie made - it opened in 1 (yes ONE) theater, and that was strictly for the production crew to view it before it was slapped on DVD. In closing, stay far away from this stinker, unless you want a good laugh at what never should have been.....somewhere...deep in the recesses of Hell......the REAL Pinhead is laughing demonically at what punishment has been bestowed upon the unlucky ones that have watched this crapola.