Not as bad as I had assumed. I wish they had expanded upon the female friendship story line, it's definitely the strongest aspect of the film. Also, it's a topic/subject that's not been really capitalized upon in the horror genre.
Somehow has better continuity than 2 yet the tone is completely off. Hickox defines gratuity by inserting his own name at various places in the movie and spending a good chunk of cash on long war segments that are merely dreams and an explosive ending for no reason. Nevertheless this is where Pinhead is developed and shown his human core. --PolarisDiB
The freefall in quality began with the third entry in the series. Any feeling of horror or dread, well captured in the first two entries, is completely absent here. Middling effects, terrible acting and a script that goes nowhere. Hell on earth? Hell to watch.
It only takes two scenes before it's clear this is low-rent entertainment - taking a highbrow horror conceit and turning the Puzzle Box into a Big Mac box (literally) for the consumption of the masses. This was confirmed by unnecessary CGI, an uncomfortably emotional Pinhead, and a cenobite DJ spitting killer CDs.
A good ole crowd-pleasing horror sequel, does it take the first two, indigest them down with popcorn made out of poison-lead pencil shavings? Sure. Do they fuck-up the whole premise and damn near make a kid's movie? Sure. But it's still good B-movie fun! Lots of Doug Bradley hamming it up!