Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.
Well, it's better than "Revelations," I will grant that. Taking a note from "Hellraiser: Inferno," we once again are following a cop and his partner(s) as they track a sadistic killer whose killing follow the Ten Commandments (name the film this brings to mind in ten, nine, eight, ...), all while the Cenobites seem to be doing...something in the background (seriously, I'm not sure what they're really up to; it starts at the beginning of the film with a discussion about how antiquated the Lament Configuration is and how outdated they seem to be with increasingly debauched pleasures and pains readily available; I don't know, it never seems to really go anywhere). Or we would be following them if we weren't already pretty much near the end of an investigation that had been going on for a while.
The really bizarre thing is that, for the tenth movie in the series, you can actually see the potential for a decent and interesting film here. But they drop the ball hard, and it's a potential that they fail to realize on an epic scale.
The main problem here, and I can't believe I'm about to say this, is that the film needed to be longer. More hints at the ultimate solution to the mystery needed to be dropped, enough so that when looking back, the audience could say, "Yeah, how did I miss that?" rather than "Did I miss something?" It also results in a real lack of characterization, although I have to admit that it's not entire for want of trying.
I like that there are hints at a bigger picture, even if they do fly in the face of established Hellraiser lore. For the first time, we see an actual angelic counterpart to the demonic Cenobites, although the problem here is that the Cenobites were never really established as demons, per se. It's also got a twist ending that's bizarre even by Hellraiser standards, and might have worked if Pinhead in particular were given more of a character in this film. Instead, the ending is entirely dependent on knowledge of him from previous films, but let's be honest here, no one who isn't familiar with the previous films will see this one.
Again, it's not phoned in like the previous Hellraiser film (I can't believe I also have to give credit for the film actually looking like it was filmed with a professional camera and not an iPhone like "Revelations"), but it's still so sloppy that it falls over itself trying to tell a bigger tale than I think they were ready for, and instead comes off as derivative and vastly disappointing.