Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
When Kirsty's father, Larry, and stepmother, Julia, move into Larry's childhood home, Kirsty and her boyfriend take a room nearby. Unfortunately for all involved, Larry's house is already occupied: before the family's arrival, Larry's disreputable brother, Frank, used a supernatural puzzle box to summon a gang of other-dimensional demon sadists. Now, Frank requires a series of blood sacrifices to escape the clutches of Pinhead and the cenobites.Written by
The term cenobite is a word meaning "a member of a communal religious order"; The Hellbound Heart specifies that they are members of The Order of the Gash. The text also refers to them as Hierophants. See more »
At the start of the film where Frank is buying the box, when the camera is zoomed in on the box, you see two glasses, but when the camera is zoomed out there is only one on the table. Also throughout these shots, everything on the table moves around. See more »
[the Asian Merchant greets Frank]
What's your pleasure, Mr. Cotton?
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The version shown on German TV (rated "18") has 5 minutes edited out:
When Julia kills her first victim, the scene is cut after two blows with the hammer, leading directly to Julia leaving the room
Any scene with Frank draining his victims is cut out (except when he drains Julia)
The rat mutilation scenes are cut out
Larry's dead body can only be seen briefly (with the Cenobites)
Close-ups of Frank's Hands with hooks are left out
The very last time Frank is seen is at the beginning of the "tearing-apart" scene, with his body still basically intact.
In a decade of cheap, exploitive slashers, we finally get this one. Relief.
Instead of some maniac ripped from Halloween, we get a simple wooden box. Simple, or so Frank thought.
What results is a cinematic masterpiece, a great mix of gore and violence, as well as a great musical score and some nice drama. The acting is fine, but there are imperfections. One common complaint: The characters are not pleasant enough we can latch onto them. Maybe that's because these seem more realistic than the characters we CAN latch onto. Just a thought, don't jump on this.
What really gets me, though, is the people calling it down, saying it's not quality entertainment. Come on guys, if it was SUPPOSED to be Shakespeare, it would not advertise as being able to "tear your soul apart."
The presence of the cenobites was originally intended not to carry the story but to emphasize it. As usual, the sequaes ignored it. Hey, merchandizing.
This is the only one of the series that depends on the story more than the demons. We hardly ever see the infamous Pinhead at all.
all in all, this was a fun movie. No Shakespeare, but it's not supposed to be. Just dramatic, gory, groundbreaking horror, delivered to us excellently by Mr. Barker.
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