Hellraiser: Revelations is a horror film written by Gary Tunnicliffe and directed by Víctor García. It is also the ninth film in the Hellraiser film series, which began in 1987 and is based on the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart. The film follows the fates of two friends who discover a puzzle box that opens a gateway to a realm inhabited by sadomasochistic monsters known as the Cenobites. It was released in a single theater for a crew screening that was open to the public.
Best friends Steven Craven and Nico Bradley inexplicably run away from home and travel to Mexico. They film themselves engaging in several days worth of drunken partying until one night they are attacked in their room by a man with pins driven into his skull. The boys disappear, and the Mexican authorities ultimately turn over their belongings to their parents, including a videotape made by Steven that apparently documents their final moments.
A year later, Steven's family-- parents Ross and Sarah, and sister, Emma-- gather for dinner with Nico's parents, Peter and Kate. Tensions raise when Emma, who had been dating Nico, demands that the families acknowledge the news that a private investigator was unable to turn up any evidence of the boys' fates. Emma question her mother about the contents of Steven's camera, which she has been obsessively watching in private. Later, Emma sneaks into Steven's room and finds the camera. Watching the video, she finds footage documenting Steven and Nico picking up a prostitute in a Tijuana bathroom. A flashback shows that Nico casually murdered her during sex, and that Nico later blackmailed Steven into continuing on their "vacation" together by threatening to implicate him in the crime.
Continuing to go through Steven's things, Emma also finds a gold and black puzzle box visible in the final moments of the video. Playing with it causes Steven to materialize out of thin air, covered in blood that does not appear to be his own. The families prepare to rush him to the hospital, only to discover that all of the vehicles have disappeared from the driveway. Attempting to dial 911, they discover that the land lines and cell phones are receiving interference and no outgoing calls can be made. As they are four miles away from the nearest main road and it is the middle of the night, they decide to wait until morning and then seek help. Steven tells the families that he has escaped "The Cenobites," a word that Emma defines as members of a monastic community.
Another flashback shoes Steven and Nico sitting in a bar when they are approached by a Vagrant who seems to know about the murder of the prostitute and offers them the puzzle box, telling them that it will expand their horizons of sensual pleasure and allow them to experience physical and psychological states of euphoria inaccessible to most people. When Nico attempts to buy it from him, the Vagrant gives it to him, telling him that the box has "always" been his.
In the present, Emma plays with the puzzle box again, causing her to experience intense arousal. After coming on to Nico's father she brings soup to her brother and the two have an intensely close conversation about Emma's sexual maturation, culminating in the two passionately kissing and fondling one another. As Steven caresses her breast, Emma has a vision of a realm filled with chains and mutilated bodies, causing her to draw back.
Downstairs, Nico and Steven go outside and are confronted by the Vagrant, who warns them that "he's here." A drunken Peter shoots the Vagrant with a shotgun, causing the Vagrant to attack and kill Peter with a bizarre knife. As Ross carries Peter's body inside, Steven comes downstairs, retrieves the shotgun, and holds everyone at gunpoint.
A final flashback reveals that after Nico opened the puzzle box, he accessed the realm of the Cenobites, extra-dimensional sadomasochists lead by Pinhead, who offered him the ultimate in sensual experience. While Steven fled, Nico agreed, and was taken to the Cenobite's realm to be subjected to extreme torture and mutilation. Sometime later, Steven's having rough sex with a prostitute near the box allowed Nico to communicate with him, begging him to kill the prostitute so that he could receive nourishment from her blood. Steven bludgeoned the woman to death with the box, the resultant blood giving Nico enough energy to escape the Cenobite realm as an emaciated, skinless monster. Now pursued by the Cenobites, Nico needs more blood to reinvigorate himself. For an indeterminate amount of time, Steven hires prostitutes and then murders them, feeding their blood to Nico; Nico's body slowly regenerates until all he needs is human skin. When Steven refuses to kill anymore, Nico attacks and skins him, putting on Steven's flesh as a "suit." As Nico leaves, the dying Steven grabs the puzzle box and summons up the Cenobites; they accept him into their ranks and transform him into a partially skinned creature similar to Pinhead, with nails driven into his skull.
In the present, "Steven" reveals himself to be Nico in Steven's skin. After shooting Ross in the stomach with the shotgun, he reveals that he and Steven ran away to Mexico on a quest for nihilism after discovering that Ross was having an affair with Kate and coming to the conclusion that their parents' lives-- and therefore their own-- were devoid of meaning. Nico taunts the families with the shotgun before finally demanding that Emma retrieve and open the puzzle box for him: Having lived in fear of the Cenobites for so long, he intends to offer up Emma to take his place in their realm, thus ensuring his own freedom.
Emma opens the box at gunpoint and the Cenobites-- including Steven-- appear. Pinhead recognizes in Emma a dark sexual desire and is prepared to take her when she tells him that it was in fact Nico who forced her to open the box. Chains emerge from the walls, ensnaring Nico. Ignoring Pinhead's admonition to remain silent, Kate repeatedly screams, causing Pinhead to tear her throat out. As the Cenobites prepare to leave, the dying Ross shoots Nico the chest, declaring that only he should have the satisfaction of revenge. An angry Pinhead tells him that the tortures the Cenobites would have enacted on him should have been revenge enough, and that they are now bereft a victim. Chains emerge from the walls and ensnare Sarah, as Pinhead tells Ross that he will die knowing that his own need for wrath has caused his wife an eternity of torment.
Pinhead, the Cenobites, and Sarah all vanish. Ross apologizes for everything he's done before dying in Emma' arms. Emma reaches out for the puzzle box and begins stroking it as the movie ends.
Steven Brand ... Dr. Ross Craven
Sebastien Roberts ... Peter Bradley
Nick Eversman ... Steven
Daniel Buran ... Vagrant
Jolene Andersen ... Chatterer
Stephan Smith Collins ... Pinhead
Jay Gillespie ... Nico / Pseudo Pinhead
Tracey Fairaway ... Emma
Sanny Van Heteren ... Kate Bradley
Adel Marie Ruiz ... Anna
Devon Sorvari ... Sarah Craven
Camelia Dee ... Streetwalker
Sue Ann Pien ... Sue Ann
Directed by Víctor García
Written by Gary J. Tunnicliffe
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