Film: Hellraiser: Revelations

Revelations is the ninth Hellraiser film, released in 2011.

Two friends disappear during their vacation in Mexico, and the truth behind it is about to wreck two families with Cenobite-related trickery.


Hellraiser: Revelations contains examples of:

  • Brother-Sister Incest: Steven and Emma. Subverted and downplayed; it's her missing boyfriend wearing her brother's skin.
  • Call Back: To the first and second film:
    • Niko is essentially a younger Frank, and even his first opening the box is a visual callback to Frank doing the same.
    • Niko stealing someone else's skin.
    • The Cenobytes are again pure Sense Freaks like in the the first two films, without the Motive Decay of the later ones.
    • As established in Hellbound, the Cenobytes are not fooled into taking the wrong person when they are forced to solve the box.
  • Deal with the Devil: Played with: Niko tries to make a deal with Pinhead like Kirsty did, but Pinhead takes one look at the person he wants to trade for himself and realizes she's the kind of person who will open the box of her own accord one day, thus making her worthless as a trade.
  • Final Girl: Emma is the only character left alive after all is said and done.
  • Foreshadowing: Emma making out with her brother (even though it turns out not to be her brother later on) hints at what Pinhead's opinion of her will be.
  • Karma Houdini: See Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, below. Good job stopping the Cenobites from giving Niko what was coming to him just for one last ego trip before you die, Ross! Now your wife's gonna be tortured by sadomasochistic demons for eternity!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Just before Pinhead drags Niko away, Ross shoots him, saying that he has more of a claim to Niko's life than anyone. Niko thanks him with his last breath, as he's now spared an eternity with the Cenobites. Pinhead, annoyed, promptly gives Ross a Breaking Speech explaining that the suffering Niko would've endured is beyond what vengeance would call for, and calls him out for having acted purely out of a selfish need to be the instrument of vengeance himself. To satiate their appetite and claim their debt of flesh, they take his wife as a replacement for Niko. Oh, and Ross is slowly dying of blood loss, so his last moments alive are with the knowledge that he condemned his wife to a Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Stock Subtitle: And it only took seven sequels to get there, good job!
  • Take Me Instead: Defied. Ross pleads with Pinhead to take him instead of his wife; Pinhead is uninterested.
  • Twist Ending: The second Pinhead is Steven, the skin-stealing trick hasn't fooled Pinhead at all, and Niko's bargaining chip is worthless.
  • Wham Line: During the climax:
    Pinhead: Trade? No.