Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

USA, 1992
93m, 97m (Director’s Cut)
35mm, colour
recorded in Ultra Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Anthony Hickox. This was the first of the Hellraiser films made entirely by US companies.

Plot Summary

Pinhead escapes captivity in a large block of wood by getting a wealthy nightclub owner to lure victims to his penthouse flat. Pinhead is soon free and trying to find and destroy the Lament Configuration puzzle block. But a female TV journalist investigating Pinhead’s atrocities teams up with a survivor of his depredations and together they prepare to face the Cenobite and his latest creations.


Directed by: Anthony Hickox
© 1992, Fifth Avenue Entertainment, Ltd.
Clive Barker presents an Anthony Hickox film. A Fifth Avenue Entertainment, Lawrence Mortorff production
Executive Producer: Clive Barker
Produced by: Lawrence Mortorff
Written by: Peter Atkins
Original Story by: Peter Atkins and Tony Randel
Based on Characters Created by: Clive Barker
Director of Photography: Gerry Lively
Supervising Film Editor: Christopher Cibelli
Editor: James D.R. Hickox
Music Composed by: Randy Miller
Additional Music by: Christopher Young from Hellraiser
Production Sound Mixer: Austin McKinney
Costume Designer: Leonard Pollack
Key Makeup/Hair: Rudy Sotomayor
Makeup Special Effects Coordinator: Paul Jones
Special Effects Coordinator: Bob Keen
Visual Effects Designed by: Cinema Research Corporation
Additional Digital Animation: Sidley Wright
Matte Paintings: Cliff Culley, Westbury Design & Optical
Production Designer: Steve Hardie

Terry Farrell (Joey Summerskill)
Doug Bradley (Pinhead/[Captain] Elliot [Spencer])
Paula Marshall (Terri)
Kevin Bernhardt (J.P. Monroe)
Ashley Laurence as Kirsty [Cotton]
Ken Carpenter (Doc/Camerahead)
Sharon Hill (blonde nurse)
Rob Treveiler (paramedic 1)
Chris Frederick (paramedic 2)
Lawrence Kuppin (derelict)
Sharon Percival (Brittany Virtue)
Philip Hyland (Brad)
David Young (Bill the bouncer)
Brent Bolthouse (CD the DJ)
Peter Atkins (Rick the barman)
Paul Vincent Coleman (soldier 1)
Peter Boynton (Joey’s father)
Anthony Hickox (soldier 2)
George Lee (Bob)
Aimée Leigh (Sandy)

Alternative Titles

Hellraiser 3 – Finland
Hellraiser III – France, Germany, Mexico
Hellraiser III – Inferno na Terra – Brazil
Hellraiser III – Inferno sulla Terra – Italy
Hellraiser III, puerta al infierno III – Mexico
Hellraiser III: Epigeia kolasi – Greece
Hellraiser III: Inferno sulla città – Italy
Hellraiser III: infierno en la Tierra – Spain
Hellraiser III: Pieklo na ziemi – Poland
Hellraiser: Kolasi sti Gi – Greece (video)
Powrót z piekiel III: Pieklo na ziemi – Poland (bootleg title)
Puerta al infierno III – Peru
La puerta maldita III – Peru (advertising title)
Wyslannik piekiel III: Pieklo na ziemi
– Poland (video)

Sequel to
Hellraiser (1987)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)
Hellraiser: Deader (2005)
Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)

Extracts included in
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)


Metro 17 November 1999 p.21
Hellraiser III takes all the best features from the first two films (the gruesome denizens of Hell, the Cenobites and the marvellously gothic atmosphere) and gives them a whole new Nightmare on Elm Street-type spin, aiming at a more mainstream American teenage market. […] A plot of few surprises does at least reveal the sinister Pinhead’s former earthly persona. – from an illustrated review by Richard Morrisey



  • Empire no.45 (March 1993) p.28 – illustrated review
  • Empire no.128 (February 2000) p.125 – illustrated article
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.319 no.18 (24 September 1991) p..2 – credits
  • Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) pp.20-23 – illustrated article (Gone to the dog by John Gullidge)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.2 (February 1993) pp.46-47 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Kim Newman)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.8 (August 1993) p.58 – note
  • Starburst no.165 (May 1992) p.13 – illustrated article
  • Starburst no.166 (June 1992) pp.12-15 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst no.167 (July 1992) pp.28-29 – illustrated review
  • Starburst no.171 (November 1992) pp.14-17 – illustrated interview
  • Starburst no.268 (December 2000) p.87 – illustrated DVD review (DVD file)
  • Variety 14 September 1992 p.47 – credits, review
  • Video Watchdog no.183 (May/June 2016) pp.56-62 – illustrated review (by Chris Herzog)


  • Metro 17 November 1999 p.21 – illustrated review (by Richard Morrisey)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.484
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.247
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.229
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.233-235
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.256-257
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew p.317
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) pp.198, 211

Other sources

  • British Board of Film Classification Monthly List September 1992 p.2 – note