Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

R | 92 mins | Horror, Fantasy | 11 September 1992

Directors:

Anthony Hickox, Bob Keen

Writer:

Peter Atkins

Producer:

Lawrence Mortorff

Cinematographer:

Gerry Lively

Production Designer:

Steve Hardie

Production Companies:

Dimension Films, Fifth Avenue Entertainment , Nostradamus Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is the third installment of the Hellraiser film franchise, which is based on the novella “The Hellbound Heart” (London, 1986), written by British horror writer Clive Barker. The franchise started with the 1987 British film, Hellraiser, which Barker directed, and continued with 1988’s Hellraiser: Hellbound (see entry). Actor Doug Bradley, who played the villain “Pinhead” in the first two films, reprised his role, while actress Ashley Laurence has a cameo role as “Kirsty Cotton,” her character from the first two films.
       Hellraiser III was originally set to go into production in early 1991. The 26 Oct 1990 HR announced that Trans Atlantic Pictures was beginning pre-production on the film, then titled Hell on Earth: Hellraiser III.
       Principal photography began on 23 Sep 1991, according to an 11 Oct 1991 DV production chart, and ended in late Nov 1991, as stated in a 25 Nov 1991 HR brief. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files, as well as end credits, indicate the film was shot in the Greensboro, NC, area and included the use of sound stages at Carolina Atlantic Studios in nearby High Point, NC.
       Hellraiser III opened on 862 screens on 11 Sep 1992, taking in $3.2 million its opening weekend, the 15 Sep 1992 DV reported. Hellraiser III was the inaugural release from Dimension Pictures, a division of Miramax Films established to release genre films, primarily horror movies.
       In 1996, a sequel, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (see entry), was released in theaters. All subsequent entries ... More Less

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is the third installment of the Hellraiser film franchise, which is based on the novella “The Hellbound Heart” (London, 1986), written by British horror writer Clive Barker. The franchise started with the 1987 British film, Hellraiser, which Barker directed, and continued with 1988’s Hellraiser: Hellbound (see entry). Actor Doug Bradley, who played the villain “Pinhead” in the first two films, reprised his role, while actress Ashley Laurence has a cameo role as “Kirsty Cotton,” her character from the first two films.
       Hellraiser III was originally set to go into production in early 1991. The 26 Oct 1990 HR announced that Trans Atlantic Pictures was beginning pre-production on the film, then titled Hell on Earth: Hellraiser III.
       Principal photography began on 23 Sep 1991, according to an 11 Oct 1991 DV production chart, and ended in late Nov 1991, as stated in a 25 Nov 1991 HR brief. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files, as well as end credits, indicate the film was shot in the Greensboro, NC, area and included the use of sound stages at Carolina Atlantic Studios in nearby High Point, NC.
       Hellraiser III opened on 862 screens on 11 Sep 1992, taking in $3.2 million its opening weekend, the 15 Sep 1992 DV reported. Hellraiser III was the inaugural release from Dimension Pictures, a division of Miramax Films established to release genre films, primarily horror movies.
       In 1996, a sequel, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (see entry), was released in theaters. All subsequent entries in the franchise were direct-to-video movies, including 2000’s Hellraiser: Inferno, 2002’s Hellseeker, 2005’s Hellraiser: Deader, 2005’s Hellraiser: Hellworld, and 2011’s Hellraiser: Revelations.
       End credits state: “Filmed on location in North Carolina and at the Carolina Atlantic Studios, High Point, N.C.”; and, “Special promotional consideration: Hi-Tec Sports USA; Norm Marshall & Associates; Laura Wollner/Capener & Walcher; Baldoni Entertainment Inc.; Zeppelin Sportswear Company; Items International Airwalk, Inc.; Leon Max, Inc.; Harley-Davidson of Charlotte; Shorebreak Inc.”; and, “Special Thanks to: Ford Showcase Program; Jake Froelich; Sandy Waterston; Tom Stapleton; City of Greensboro; Greensboro Police Department; Greensboro Fire Prevention Bureau; Greensboro Department of Transportation; Greensboro Department of Public Works; Greensboro Water and Sewer; Wake Forest University; M. B. Kahn Construction Company, Inc.; Greater Greensboro Merchants Association; Old Greensborough Preservation Society; Duke Power Company; United Arts Council, Greensboro; First Citizen’s Bank; Channel 45 WNRW-TV; NC Trust Center; County of Guilford; N.C. Department of Transportation; N. C. Film Commission; Rick Amme; WXII-TV; Mary Dalton; Catering by Ellyn’s; Stewart Thorndike.”
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Oct 1991.
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Daily Variety
15 Sep 1992.
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Daily Variety
15 Sep 1992
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 1992
p. 8, 10.
Los Angeles Times
14 Sep 1992
Calendar, p. 8.
New York Times
12 Sep 1992
p. 14.
Variety
14 Sep 1992
p. 47.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Clive Barker Presents
An Anthony Hickox Film
A Fifth Avenue Entertainment Lawrence Mortorff Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
Unit prod mgr/1st asst dir, Los Angeles and New Y
2d asst dir, Los Angeles and New York unit
2d 2d asst dir, Los Angeles and New York unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Prod, 2d unit
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Steadicam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Best boy elec, 2d unit
Dir of photog, Los Angeles and New York unit
Cam op, Los Angeles and New York unit
1st asst cam, Los Angeles and New York unit
2d asst cam, Los Angeles and New York unit
Loader, Los Angeles and New York unit
Gaffer, Los Angeles and New York unit
Best boy elec, Los Angeles and New York unit
Elec, Los Angeles and New York unit
Elec, Los Angeles and New York unit
Key grip/Dolly, Los Angeles and New York unit
Grip, Los Angeles and New York unit
Still photog, Los Angeles and New York unit
Matte photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Storyboard artist
Art dept prod asst
Art dept prod asst
Art dir, Los Angeles and New York unit
Storyboard artist, Los Angeles and New York unit
Matte paintings, Westbury Design & Optical
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Post prod supv
1st asst ed
Addl asst ed
Addl asst ed
Processing and transfers
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Lead man
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Workshop supv
Head sculptor
Tech
Tech
Foam tech
Foam tech
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst carpenter
Asst to const coord
Lead scenic painter
Scenic painter
Swing man, 2d unit
Set des, Los Angeles and New York unit
Set dec, Los Angeles and New York unit
Props, Los Angeles and New York unit
Const crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Const crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Const crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Const crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Const crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Assoc cost des
Asst ward
Ward intern
Ward intern
Ward prod asst
Ward, Los Angeles and New York unit
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Prod sd mixer, Los Angeles and New York unit
Boom op, Los Angeles and New York unit
Sd transfers and film editing facilities
Digital sd des
Creative sd des
Creative sd des
Creative sd des
Spec sd eff
Spec sd eff
Post sd supv
Post sd supv
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Dial ed
Asst dial ed
ADR ed
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec asst
Dir of sd services
Digital sd & re-rec by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Mechanical spec eff coord
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff intern
Eff crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Eff crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Eff crew, Los Angeles and New York unit
Eff intern, Los Angeles and New York unit
Physical eff, Los Angeles and New York unit
Physical eff, Los Angeles and New York unit
Visual eff des by
Visual eff prod and supv by
Visual eff anim
Visual eff ed
Visual eff coord
Visual eff cam
Optical supv
Optical cam
Optical cam
Optical cam
Paintbox artist
Main title des
MAKEUP
Key makeup/Hair
Asst makeup
Makeup spec eff coord
Makeup spec eff supv
Makeup spec eff supv
Makeup spec eff supv
Makeup/Hair, Los Angeles and New York unit
Spec makeup eff coord, Los Angeles and New York un
Makeup eff, Los Angeles and New York unit
Makeup eff, Los Angeles and New York unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Studio mgr
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Prod coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Asst capt
Driver
Unit pub
Los Angeles casting
New York casting
North Carolina casting dir
Casting assoc
Prod counsel
Immigration counsel
Labor counsel
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Accounting consultant
Key set prod asst
Key set prod asst
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Asst to Mr. Mortorff
Asst to Mr. Hickox
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Loc asst
Intern
Intern
Intern
Casting prod asst
Casting prod asst
Casting intern
Casting intern
Travel arranged by
Optometrist
Honeywagon op
Caterer
Craft service
Equip rental
Prod coord, 2d unit
Blue screen coord, 2d unit
Prod asst, 2d unit
Scr supv, Los Angeles and New York unit
Prod coord, Los Angeles and New York unit
Miramax prod supv, Los Angeles and New York unit
Prod asst, Los Angeles and New York unit
Asst to Mr. Mortorff, Los Angeles and New York uni
Extras casting, Los Angeles and New York unit
Caterer, Los Angeles and New York unit
Optometrist, Los Angeles and New York unit
Studio facilities, Los Angeles and New York unit
Digital film intermediate
Time lapse cloud footage
Mosfilm services in the U.S. are facilitated by
Mosfilm services in the U.S. are facilitated by, T
Moscow travel arrangements
Product placement coord
Merchandise provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stand-in
Stand-in
ANIMATION
Addl digial anim
Anim supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clive Barker.
AUTHOR
SONGS
“Divine Thing,” performed by Soup Dragons, music and lyrics by Sean Dickson, produced by De Vries/Sidelnyk/Dickson, published by Soup Music/Big Life Music/ admin. in the U.S. by Warner Chappell, courtesy of Big Life/Mercury Records
“Ooh-La-La,” performed by Addition KMFDM, music and lyrics by Sasha K. Konietzko & En Esch, produced by Lee Popa & KMFDM, published by KMFDM Enterprises/Freibank/Fifth Avenue Entertainment, courtesy of Wax Trax Records
“Hanging Judge,” performed by Armored Saint, music and lyrics by Kill for Less Than That Music/Willesden Music, courtesy of Metal Blade Records
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SONGS
“Divine Thing,” performed by Soup Dragons, music and lyrics by Sean Dickson, produced by De Vries/Sidelnyk/Dickson, published by Soup Music/Big Life Music/ admin. in the U.S. by Warner Chappell, courtesy of Big Life/Mercury Records
“Ooh-La-La,” performed by Addition KMFDM, music and lyrics by Sasha K. Konietzko & En Esch, produced by Lee Popa & KMFDM, published by KMFDM Enterprises/Freibank/Fifth Avenue Entertainment, courtesy of Wax Trax Records
“Hanging Judge,” performed by Armored Saint, music and lyrics by Kill for Less Than That Music/Willesden Music, courtesy of Metal Blade Records
“Concerto For Two Violins In D Minor,” performed by Members of the Symphony Orchestra of Mosfilm Studios, written by Johann Sebastian Bach
“What Girls Want,” performed by Material Issue, produced by Material Issue and Jeff Murphy, music and lyrics by Jim Ellison, published by PRI Songs, Inc. and Jim Ellisongs, courtesy of Mercury Records
“Go With Me,” performed by Ten Inch Men, produced by Neil Dorfsman, executive producer Steve Zelenka, mixed by Simon Hanhart, music and lyrics by Dave Coutts & Mark Templin, published by Warner Chappell, courtesy of Victory Music
“I Feel Like Steve,” performed by Electric Love Hogs, lyrics by John Feldmann, music by Electric Love Hogs, published by Unfriendly Music, courtesy of London Records
“Down, Down, Down,” performed by House of Lords, produced by Dave Thoener & House of Lords, music and lyrics by James Christian, Mark Baker, Gregg Giuffria & Bob Marlett, published by James Christian/Ainamite Music, Mark Baker/Mark Baker-Socan, Gregg Giuffria/Gregg Giuffria Music Co., Bob Marlett/Full Keel Music Co./Dial M for Music, courtesy of Victory Music
“Baby Universal,” performed by Tin Machine, produced by Tin Machine & Tim Palmer, music and lyrics by David Bowie & Reeves Gabrels, published by Tintoretto Music/Careless Lever Music/Fox Hunt Music, courtesy of Victory Music
“Waltzing With A Jaguar,” performed by The Chainsaw Kittens, lyrics by Tyson Todd Meade, music by Chainsaw Kittens, produced by Ralph Sall, published by Threptos Music, courtesy of Mammouth Records
“Void Odi O Do,” “Depression Blues,” “A Tribute To Miller,” courtesy of Firstcom/Music House/Chappell Music Library
“Troublemaker,” performed by Triumph, produced by Triumph & Noel Golden, music and lyrics by Gil Moore, Mike Levin & Mladen, published by Tritunes Music & Trisongs Music, courtesy of Victory Music
“Hellraiser,” performed by Motorhead, produced by Billy Sherwood & Phil Carson, music and lyrics by Ozzy Osbourne & Lemmy Kilmister, published by Virgin Music, Motorhead appears courtesy of WTG/Epic Records.
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DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Hell on Earth: Hellraiser III
Release Date:
11 September 1992
Premiere Information:
New York, Los Angeles opening: 11 September 1992
Production Date:
23 September--late November 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Fifth Avenue Entertainment, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
20 October 1993
Copyright Number:
PA672413
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
92
Length(in feet):
8,362
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

New York City nightclub owner J. P. Monroe purchases the “Pillar of Souls,” six-foot-tall, marble statue carved with distorted faces, and displays it in his trendy club, the Boiler Room. One night, when a young clubgoer steps too close to the Pillar of Souls, chains and hooks emerge from the statue and entangle him. Television news reporter Joanne “Joey” Summerskill is in the emergency room covering another story when the paramedics arrive. Seeing the blood-soaked chains wrapped around the man’s body, Joey goes to the operating room and observes the chains become electrified. They electrocute the victim, making his face explode. At the Boiler Room, Joey looks for Terri, the young woman who accompanied the victim to the ER. Terri goes to Joey’s penthouse apartment and explains that the chains came from a strange puzzle box carved into the Pillar of Souls. She pulls the square, palm-sized box from her bag, telling Joey it came off the statue during the incident. Meanwhile at the club, J. P. Monroe moves the statue into his bedroom above the club and notices a hole where the puzzle box was carved. When he sticks his hand in the hole, a rat hiding inside bites him. J. P. shakes his bleeding hand, and the Pillar of Souls absorbs the drops of blood. Terri takes Joey to the closed art gallery where the Pillar of Souls was on display. Breaking in, they go through records and learn the statue was the property of the Channard Institute. Joey contacts the establishment and requests a videotape regarding the statue. The tape shows a young woman named Kirsty Cotton explaining that demons live inside the puzzle box, and ... +


New York City nightclub owner J. P. Monroe purchases the “Pillar of Souls,” six-foot-tall, marble statue carved with distorted faces, and displays it in his trendy club, the Boiler Room. One night, when a young clubgoer steps too close to the Pillar of Souls, chains and hooks emerge from the statue and entangle him. Television news reporter Joanne “Joey” Summerskill is in the emergency room covering another story when the paramedics arrive. Seeing the blood-soaked chains wrapped around the man’s body, Joey goes to the operating room and observes the chains become electrified. They electrocute the victim, making his face explode. At the Boiler Room, Joey looks for Terri, the young woman who accompanied the victim to the ER. Terri goes to Joey’s penthouse apartment and explains that the chains came from a strange puzzle box carved into the Pillar of Souls. She pulls the square, palm-sized box from her bag, telling Joey it came off the statue during the incident. Meanwhile at the club, J. P. Monroe moves the statue into his bedroom above the club and notices a hole where the puzzle box was carved. When he sticks his hand in the hole, a rat hiding inside bites him. J. P. shakes his bleeding hand, and the Pillar of Souls absorbs the drops of blood. Terri takes Joey to the closed art gallery where the Pillar of Souls was on display. Breaking in, they go through records and learn the statue was the property of the Channard Institute. Joey contacts the establishment and requests a videotape regarding the statue. The tape shows a young woman named Kirsty Cotton explaining that demons live inside the puzzle box, and it is a “gateway to hell.” Meanwhile, J. P. has sex with a clubgoer named Sandy, and afterward tells her to leave. Sandy argues, but as she steps too close to the statue, chains and hooks emerge and drag her toward it. As chains rip her flesh, the statue “absorbs” her. A moment later, her face appears as one of the distorted visages carved in the pillar. Just then, the face of “Pinhead,” pierced by needle-like pins, appears in the statue and speaks to J. P. The club owner fires a gun at the statue, but the bullets are absorbed. Pinhead instructs J. P. to bring him more clubgoers so he can be feed on them and eventually be freed from the pillar. In return, he promises J. P. greater powers. J. P. invites Terri, his former girl friend, to the club. Enticing her to his bedroom, he drags her near the statue, but she resists and knocks him unconscious with brass knuckles. Pinhead’s face suddenly appears on the statue and speaks to her, promising a life of unknown pleasures. When Terri tries to get the key to unlock the door from J. P.’s pants, she moves his body close enough to the statue for chains and hooks to emerge and engulf his body. Moments after J. P.’s body is absorbed, his face appears on the statue. An instant later, Pinhead’s entire body emerges from the statue, and he is free to roam the Earth. Meanwhile, Joey Summerskill dreams about her father, who died in the Vietnam War. The dream landscape changes to a World War I battlefield where she meets British Army Captain Elliot Spencer. He explains that he is trapped in limbo between heaven and hell. After the war, Elliot discovered the puzzle box and experienced many carnal pleasures through its power. However, his soul was split in half, with the good half, Elliot, trapped in limbo, and the evil half, Pinhead, left on Earth. Elliot informs Joey that the puzzle box is a gateway to hell, and Pinhead wants to destroy it, but Elliot can stop him. He instructs Joey to bring Pinhead to him, cautioning her to never give Pinhead the puzzle box. Back at the Boiler Room, Pinhead releases hooks, chains, knives, and javelins, which kill many patrons. Joey awakens to hear the television news reporting on the massacre. She hurries to the club with the puzzle box. There, Pinhead offers to give her special powers if she surrenders the box, but she refuses and runs out. On the street, Pinhead tries to kill her with live electrical wires and explosions, then sends demons after her. Joey runs into a church, but Pinhead follows, destroys its stained glass windows, and confronts a priest. When demons attack Joey at a construction site, she activates the puzzle and releases a beam of light that disintegrates them. Joey is transported to a field where she meets her dead father. As they embrace, he asks her for the box. She hands it to her father, who then transforms into Pinhead. A moment later, they are transported to a room where Elliot Spencer awaits. Pinhead drops the puzzle box as he and Elliot struggle, and their bodies merge. Joey activates the puzzle box, which changes into a dagger. As she stabs the merged creature, their body disintegrates. Pinhead and Eliot’s souls are absorbed into the box. Transported back to the construction site, Joey buries the puzzle box in wet cement. +

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