Hellraiser: Deader, maybe the worst sub-title given to any of the Hellraiser sequels, proved to be one of the better films in the series. Following Hellraiser: Bloodline, the fourth film in the series, Dimension films started popping out these direct-to-video/dvd films that started out as something original but were re-written to include aspects of the Hellraiser franchise. They all had pretty much the same plot, where a character experiences strange phenomena only to discover at the end that it's all just a dream, of sorts. It's a cheap way of explaining your movie. Why did that happen? asks the confused viewer. Answer: It doesn't matter, it was all just a dream, and anything can happen in dreams. Such is the case with Deader, the seventh film. However, that becomes a smaller part of this particular film. Maybe it didn't bother me as much this time around because I was expecting it. Nevertheless, there were enough good things scattered throughout this movie that I could look past the old dream ending thing. There is one scene in particular that was truly nerve-racking and creepy involving a corpse on a toilet. But is it a corpse? Or is it just someone playing possum? The answer is BOTH. The suspence in this one scene was enough to make me want to own this film. Also, there are some really underated acting moments in the movie, most notably, Kari Wuher -- another bathroom scene, ironically. And of course, Pinhead does make an appearance in the movie. What would Hellraiser be without him? He does appear on screen more in this movie than in any other film after Bloodline. There are also some deleted Pinhead scenes on the DVD and some exposition scenes that help to explain things a little more. Again, the ending lacks, as it uses the dream device, but overall, not a terribly bad film, just not one that will ever compare to the first two. These later Hellraiser films starting with Inferno (pt 5) are like episodes. We know from Bloodline (pt 4) that Pinhead meets his ultimate end many years from now in outer space, but what was he doing before all that? These 'episodes' show you. Should you be interested? I was. And I was repeatedly disappointed until I saw Deader and actually enjoyed it enough to add it to my Hellraiser collection, which only consists of Hellraiser 1 and 2 and now Deader. On a side note, the following installment in the series, Hellraiser: Hellworld, was the worst in the series and probably the last. But who knows, Clive Barker's writing a new Pinhead novel and there were a few rumors about a Freddy Vs Pinhead. So grit your teeth in the meantime. Can't keep a good Sadist down.