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Film: Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth

Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth (1992) is the third film in the Hellraiser series.

At an antique shop in New York, a night club owner named J.P. Monroe purchases an old statue pillar for his private collection. Several weeks later in a hospital emergency room, reporter Joey is witness to someone being ripped apart by meathooks that came out of nowhere. The trail leads her back to the club, where she befriends the girl who brought the person in, but she is hesitant of telling Joey anything. Monroe learns that the statue contains the essence of the Cenobite Pinhead when it devours a girl alive in front of him, and is eventually convinced by Pinhead to bring him more victims in exchange for power. When Joey is visited by the spirit of Captain Elliot Spencer, Pinhead's human self, she learns that Pinhead has become evil incarnate and wants to plunge the world into hell.

This film provides examples of:

  • Above Good and Evil: Pinhead gives this speech when Monroe calls him out as being evil.
    Pinhead: Oh, how uncomfortable those words must feel on your lips. Good. Evil. There is no good, there is no evil, there is only flesh. And the patterns to which we submit it.
  • Answers to the Name of God: This exchange:
    J.P. Monroe: Jesus Christ!
    Pinhead: Not quite.
  • Cannot Dream: Terri.
  • Coolest Club Ever: The Boiler Room was completely packed and popular... a perfect spot for Pinhead to wreak havoc.
  • Cross-Melting Aura: Pinhead melts a cross and badly burns a priest.
  • Cyborg: The new Cenobite minions that Pinhead creates are all fused with modern technology. One shoots CD disks from his mechanical head, another has a projectile camera lodged in his skull, etc.
  • Deadly Disc: A disc jockey is turned into a compact disc-flinging cyborg-like monster.
  • Devour The Dragon: After Pinhead's shortlived right hand Monroe fails to offer Terri to him, Pinhead convinces her to instead take Monroe's place by his side and feed Monroe to him, which she obliges. The power is enough to give Pinhead humanoid form again.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: The turned Cenobites (the ones who can still talk, at any rate) are all jubilant about becoming Pinhead's minions so they can cause destruction and kill people.
  • Dull Surprise: The Boiler Room DJ seems oddly unfazed by the club massacre, until he gets a face full of CD's.
  • Enemy Without: After Captain Spencer rediscovered his humanity in the last film, his evil proved so strong that he was split up into his good human spirit and the Cenobite Pinhead, now pure evil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Pinhead says he is not so different from Monroe for using girls only for pleasure, the latter rejects it and says that what Pinhead did (eating her alive) was plain evil compared to him.
  • Evil Laugh: Pinhead gets one.
  • Eye Scream: One of the nightclub patrons gets hooked right in the eye.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Feeling betrayed by everyone, Terri chooses to join Pinhead, and she becomes a Cenobite.
  • Flayed Alive: A girl gets flayed by Pinhead before he absorbs her into himself.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's insinuated that Monroe was molested by his parents, potentially explaining why he's such an asshole in his adult life.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: The protagonist is Joey Summerskill, a reporter is sees her big break when she witnesses the effects of the Lament Configuration on a hospital patient and gets wrapped up Pinhead's plot.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: While we get to see a lot of the deaths that occur in the nightclub massacre, the scene ends with the survivors running to the exit doors as they are sealed shut. The camera then pans backward from the other side of the door showing an series of puddles of blood expanding from underneath the door while the audience hears horrible sounds coming from within. Even more terrifying, as the blood slowly spreads, we hear fewer and fewer screams coming from inside—not because the people are calming down, but because there are fewer people left to scream.
  • Hell on Earth: The title is a dead giveaway. Specifically, Pinhead Unbound wants to turn it into a Cenobite hellworld.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Monroe is a well-built hedonist who wants to go to bed with a different girl from his club every night so he can enjoy them, then insult them and taunt them that he used them, and throw them out.
  • I Am the Noun: During the scene in the church near the end, Pinhead corrupts a bible verse after his mock creation of crucifixion stigmata.
    Pinhead: I am the way!
  • Immune to Bullets: Monroe tries to destroy Pinhead by shooting him. Since he's shooting at a solid pillar statue it's virtually useless and Pinhead just spits out the bullets, asking him if they can now talk sensibly.
  • Impaled Palm: Pinhead pulls two nails from his head and shoves them through the palms of his hands, deliberately mocking the resultant crucifixion imagery to freak out Joey.
  • Improbable Weapon User: The film features the CD and Camerahead Cenobites. Guess what their main weapons are.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted with the Hell Baby, one of the props, with its eyes and mouth sowed up. Possibly double averted because it started as a doll, but it was alive by the time Pinhead had been through the club.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Joey, for a wannabe example.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Monroe acquires the Pinhead artifact from an obscure antique shop in New York, who obtained it from Dr. Channard's private collection in England. When Joey goes to investigate, the shopkeeper has packed up and moved.
  • Made of Evil: Pinhead Unbound is the living embodiment of Captain Spencer's inner evil.
  • Made of Plasticine: Pinhead plants a hook in a girl's forehead and pulls on said hook, which yanks the girl's entire skin from her body like a sheet from a mattress.
  • Mr. Exposition: Most of Captain Elliot Spencerís role consists of telling Joey how Pinhead Unbound came to be, and providing instructions to bring him back to him.
  • Not So Different: Pinhead gives Monroe a speech about how the way he derived pleasure from devouring the girl is no different from Monroe wooing her to have his way with her sexually and then throwing her out while mocking her. Monroe denies it violently.
  • Opera Gloves: Played for horror, as one of the female Cenobites has opera gloves made of her own flayed skin, pulled back onto her arms. It's possible to tell because the skin's rolled up a little.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Captain Elliot Spencer's wayward soul, who is stuck in some sort of limbo before the afterlife. He contacts Joey to inform her about his past and Pinhead's creation, and how to defeat him by bringing him back to Spencer's realm.
  • Parental Incest: Not stated outright, but Monroe's dialogue with Pinhead makes it pretty clear that he killed his parents because they were molesting him.
    Pinhead: That is the gun you used to kill your parents. Oh, what else could you do? They thought you were so tempting, their affections so conditional.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Pinhead reveals that Monroe killed his own parents with the same gun he tries to use on the pillarized Pinhead.
  • Sequel Escalation: The makers of the third film tried to get around the problem of topping Hell itself by promising a film where the series' antagonists, the Cenobites, are unleashed in an urban setting. The end result was not well-received, to say the very least.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The first two films take place in the United Kingdom. This is the first one to move the action to the United States.
  • Split Personality Merge: Pinhead Unbound and Elliot Spencer are merged back into the same being, which turns out to be Pinhead. Joey is given just enough opportunity to stab Pinhead and send him back to the Cenobite dimension.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: An entire sequence just has Joey running down the street as stuff explodes around her.
  • Taken for Granite: Pinhead is trapped as a statue, but frees himself after a certain amount of blood.
  • Tempting Fate: When Joey seeks refuge at the church to escape the "Demons", the priest assures her demons don't actually exist. And guess who decides to strut on in...
    (Pinhead opens the doors)
    Joey: Then what the fuck is that?
  • Terms of Endangerment: Pinhead makes a habit of addressing Joey with "my child" while threatening to give her an excruciating death.
  • We Can Rule Together: Pinhead promises Monroe a place by his side for helping him. When Monroe fails, he makes the same offer to Terri, and she gives in. He "rewards" them both by turning them into lesser Cenobites.
  • Weaponized Camera: The Camerahead Cenobite can make things explode by taking a picture of them with his camera eye, which can also extend with enough force to punch a hole through a man's head.

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alternative title(s): Hellraiser III Hell On Earth
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