Hellraiser - Bloodline

1996

Hellraiser - Bloodline

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Clive Barker's horrific creation Pinhead (Doug Bradley) returns to the screen for the fourth (and purportedly final) time in this time-juggling horror opus. In 18th century France, Phillip Lemarchand (Bruce Ramsay) constructs a black puzzle box for the wizard Duc de L'Isle (Mickey Cottrell); however, the box has potentially deadly consequences when it's discovered that it can be used to open the gates of hell, freeing the demonic Pinhead. Two hundred years later, the box finds its way into the hands of John (also played by Bruce Ramsay), a New Yorker and distant descendant of Lemarchand who is being pursued by Pinhead and his minions, while another 200 years hence, Dr. Paul Merchant (Ramsay again) is trying to make his way aboard a space station in hopes of reclaiming the puzzle box, hoping to destroy it before it can be used to once again release the demons upon the world; Merchant is also attempting to build a second box that can close the gates that the first box opens. While makeup artist Kevin Yagher made his directorial debut with this film, the final cut was taken away from him and considerably shortened, which in his mind severely compromised the film's complex, time-traveling narrative. He opted to instead credit his work to Alan Smithee, which was the Directors Guild's official pseudonym for directors who feel their work has been tampered with.

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Critic Reviews for Hellraiser - Bloodline

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  • Jun 15, 2013
    Third sequel in the popular horror franchise. In Bloodline we find out the inventor/toymaker behind the infamous configuration puzzle box that lets Pinhead and his cronies through from hell. Something Pinhead would like to become a permanent fixture but to do that he must destroy the bloodline of the inventor that has been carried on throughout the years. This starts in the future with another ascendant of the bloodline trying to destroy Pinhead at a space station before going back, thats not as confusing as it might sound though. Overall, although obviously not some big cinematic achievement, Hellraiser Bloodline is another fairly solid entry and one that fans of the iconic Pinhead should enjoy.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2011
    Why make crap like this, although it has good special effect, but story wise it is not as good as the predecessors
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2011
    Hellraiser: Bloodline is one of the best Hellraiser sequels. The film is notable for the Pinhead in space concept. In this fourth entry we get a glimpse of how the puzzle box came into existence which is truly interesting. The box's origins are traced back to toy maker Phillip Lemarchand. The film shows the box's as they are passed on from person to person over the centuries right up to a space station. Many people have dismissed this sequel, but I really don't understand why. The film is very engaging, gory, scary and above all interesting. The film leaves a lot of ideas unfinished due to the budget concerns, however for what it is, Hellraiser: Bloodline is a step up off its previous film, and is the best sequel since part 2. Clive Barker produces this film, and it's a good thing as well because his ideas and imagination is what makes the Hellraiser films (at least the ones he's involved in) worth seeing. It's obvious when he stopped producing Hellraiser sequels, the series started suffering. But Bloodline is a sequel that fans might actually enjoy if they can get passed the budget restraints and B grade acting. This film is quite enjoyable and manages to be a strong sequel despite its flaws. But I wouldn't go ahead and call this film a classic by any means, but I would definitely call it a pleasant time waster.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2009
    How can any Hellraiser film get under 4 stars especially on the night before Halloween. . Not from me, but this one was close as Pinhead pops up way way in the future in outer space. But the story goes from outer space back to the past. Which saved this movie. Anyway only one from the past to show up was Pinhead, but some new cenobites were created, as usual unreal special effects and make up. Others might rate lower but I a Hellraiser fan have to sick with a 4 star rating .
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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