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Hellseeker (2002) is the sixth Hellraiser film.

After a car accident, Trevor (Dean Winters) finds out that his wife Kirsty is missing, and he is a suspect in a murder investigation. As he searches for the truth, bizarre things keep piling on him.

Hellseeker has examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Trevor himself in the ending. He attempted to murder Kirsty, his wife, because he was having numerous affairs and wanted to get rid of her.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Kirsty's M.O. (though in a few instances, it appears to have been a Coup de Grâce).
  • Discovering Your Own Dead Body: The main character survives a fatal car crash in which his wife dies. The rest of the film is a Mind Screw, as he's constantly experiencing hallucinations and isn't able to tell what is real or not. The ending reveals that he's been in Hell all along after Pinhead shows him his own body.
  • Evil All Along: Trevor
  • Final Girl: Subverted. Kirsty once again survives her encounter with the Cenobites, but it involved her making a deal with Pinhead to kill five people to save herself.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: The two detectives. They're the same entity, torturing the villainous protagonist throughout, and a callback to the question of whether the Cenobites are angels or demons.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Kirsty has become much more ruthless about making deals with Cenobites.
  • Offering Another in Your Stead: In the backstory, Trevor set out to kill Kirsty by giving her the Lament Configuration so that she'd summon the Cenobites, all so he could inherit her money and be free to fuck around. However, Kirsty flipped the script by offering Pinhead five souls in exchange for her own: she killed three of her husband's mistresses then her husband's friend/co-conspirator, before finally killing Trevor (who gets the blame for all the murders). And everything that was experienced over the course of the film was just the start of Trevor's hell.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Both Pinhead and Kirsty defeat Trevor with Kirsty selling him out to Pinhead.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Trevor acquires the puzzle box from a sweatshop that quickly disappears.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: Trevor keeps seeing flashes of the Cenobites and other creepy stuff that probably isn't really happening. He eventually finds out that he's been Dead All Along.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Trevor was an adulterous jerk who wanted to be rid of his wife Kirsty. When he learns of her history with the Cenobites, he forces her to summon Pinhead by using the Lament Configuration, figuring she'll be Dragged Off to Hell. Kirsty instead makes a deal with Pinhead to offer him Trevor and four other souls in exchange for hers. Since he could just as easily have divorced her, it's implied that they had a truly Awful Wedded Life and just hated each other so much that each was willing to condemn the other one to hell.
  • Twist Ending: Kirsty's outwitted her husband and traded him to Pinhead in exchange for her own safety.