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Overall Rating
2.31

Awesome: 8.57%
Worth A Look: 21.43%
Average: 10%
Pretty Bad: 12.86%
Total Crap47.14%

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Hellraiser: Bloodline
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by Charles Tatum

"The Merchant of Penance"
4 stars

The first sign that "Hellraiser: Bloodline" is in trouble is in the opening credits. The film was directed by "Alan Smithee," the pseudonym used (until recently) by directors who are not happy with what has happened to their film.

In the year 2127, Merchant (Bruce Ramsay) is on board a space station, playing with the ol' puzzle box- or at least his android is. The ship is overrun by Rimmer (Christine Harnos) and her squad, and they capture Merchant, who had hijacked the vessel and sent the original ship's crew back to Earth. Merchant sits Rimmer down and tells her his story.

In eighteenth century France, Merchant's ancestor L'Merchant (also Bruce Ramsay) has created a puzzle box for local occultist Duc De L'Isle (Mickey Cottrell) and his assistant Jacques (Adam Scott, in an early role). L'Merchant delivers the box to De L'Isle, and watches through a window as the pair murder a young woman, filling her flesh with a demon summoned using L'Merchant's box. The pair name the woman Angelique (Valentina Vargos), and L'Merchant decides to steal back the box after drawing up plans to send Angelique back to hell. Things don't work out so well.

Fast forward to 1996 New York City. Successful architect John Merchant (again, Bruce Ramsay) is happily married to wife Bobbi (Kim Myers), and they have a cute son Jack (Courtland Mead). John has constant nightmares about a mysterious woman, who we know is Angelique, and the puzzle box, whose design has found itself into his architecture (giving the end of "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth" an acknowledgement). Angelique, still alive, seeks John out, and this time Pinhead (Doug Bradley) is summoned.

As Merchant tells Rimmer his cursed family's history, we are aware that he also managed to bring the demons into the ship. This Merchant, using the designs from the first story, has a plan to rid the universe of the Cenobites once and for all.

Kevin Yagher was the original director on the film, but left after cuts were made that we was not told of (according to IMDB.com). Joe Chappelle was brought in for some reshoots, and "Alan Smithee" was given screen credit. While the film does have a few missteps here and there, I wouldn't call it the worst of the series.

I do like how Peter Atkins' screenplay tries to tie up all the loose ends that the first three films may have left. The structure is imaginative, and even the futuristic setting makes sense, unlike "Jason X." Bradley as Pinhead seems to get creepier and creepier, and his dialogue delivery is excellent. Lead Ramsay seems more comfortable playing the later Merchant, than the French or architect ancestors. I'm not sure why that is, but other than the 2127 scenes, he comes off as bland.

I could not tell the difference between Yagher's and Chappelle's scenes, except that the film sometimes comes off as rushed and tampered with. The special effects, while the strongest of the series so far, seem a little incomplete. The cinematography is excellent, the gore is much better this time around, and the anthology-like screenplay works. Atkins may have written the finale set in the future with a thought to the next few sequels. If Pinhead meets his doom in a century or so, we still have a hundred years of people unleashing the Cenobites in their present-day.

All in all, "Hellraiser: Bloodline" isn't that bad. I found myself liking it as it went on, and was thankful that the stupid smirking humor of the third film was absent. This was the last "Hellraiser" film released to the theaters, the rest went straight to video- and that's never a good sign.

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originally posted: 03/08/10 06:10:27
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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell crap pure crap no wonder clive barker disowned the franchise 1 stars
1/12/11 UknowJACK Terrible innacurate review. HR45 wasn't direct to video. 3 stars
3/01/08 Ivana Mann That Toymaker guy is the suckiest excuse for an actor I've ever seen. Ruins the movie! 1 stars
2/11/07 JM Synth Potential is wasted, but not awful 3 stars
10/09/06 K.Sear A wicked suck-fest in space. 1 stars
10/04/06 Sugarfoot Really bad sequel, without the hint of imagination that made 1-3 so enjoyable. 1 stars
9/21/06 PiNSkull hey it was gory...and thats the point of any hellraiser movie!! 4 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist Probably almost as good as the orignal, it was'nt bad at all!!!! 4 stars
10/03/05 Biz-e The "best" since the 1st...great storyline, mediocre execution...too bad. 3 stars
9/30/05 ShabbaRanks "Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks?!?!?!" Best Pinhead line EVER!!!!!!!!!!! 3 stars
9/29/05 Jakub Would have been the best of the series if it didn't look so CHEAP!!!! 3 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. Not Jason's "CHCHCHCHAHAHAHA" NOT Freddy's glove but, Micahel Myer's knife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ A bit poor but... The Chatter-Beast Cenobite & Pinhead kept it alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge Cenobites in space? Wasn't that "Event Horizion" This movie is caca. 2 stars
1/31/04 Jeffery Holbrook This was a good movie 4 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Pinhead in space. Give me a break. 1 stars
10/20/03 Josh Standlee Friggin' bloody, but very good, even though Pinhead was only in space for ten minutes! 4 stars
10/11/03 Talos Bloody brilliant...good Mythos expansion. Excellent 5 stars
8/02/03 Double G good 4 stars
8/28/02 Bob MacBryce Excellent, much better than the terrible Hellraiser 3 5 stars
7/08/02 Charles Tatum The best in the series since the first film 4 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 Retread of the story revealed in the previous films. An excuse to show mind-numbing gore. 1 stars
3/07/02 Alan Smithee This movie was so bad, that I'm surprised I actually made it through to the end. 1 stars
2/10/02 B. Kwon The Movie is better than Expected, worth a look for a hellraiser fan................. 4 stars
1/28/02 Andrew Carden Man...This Series Should Have Gone After #2. 1 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Kevin Yagher, Joe Chapelle and the infamous Alan Smithee couldn't save this cluster-fuck 1 stars
8/02/01 Elgyn The idea was decent - but MAN did they screw it up! 1 stars
5/30/01 Thrillhouse Jessica, your rating shows that you're a ass, I agree with TAJ's review, this movie sucks 1 stars
5/27/01 Jessica Only Idiots Don't Understand This Great Masterpiece! 5 stars
5/16/01 Rampage I'm not in the Halloween spirit... I want to destroy Hollywood... this movie sucked arse 1 stars
2/21/01 larry mora this movie kicked ass 5 stars
1/19/01 Pinhead Kick @ss movie!!!!! 5 stars
1/12/01 Liam Butler fantastic,brilliant 5 stars
7/30/00 Digitalus Somebody fire Alan Smithee, for Christ's sake! 1 stars
6/13/00 DAVID I can admit that this movie wasnt good but it had its moments!!! 3 stars
10/30/99 Elgyn6655321 Another example of an interesting idea turned into an awful film. 2 stars
10/24/99 Lame-Oh Ideal title for H-R 4: Who gives a flying crap? 1 stars
10/04/99 Suckit bullshit 1 stars
5/25/99 Ah Dooey Die Pinhead, die. This genre is finished. No more Hellraiser movies. 1 stars
2/25/99 Viral Messiah hoping to see Pinhead die... sucks all dick 1 stars
1/15/99 Joe Mama sad what they did to this good idea...i'm waiting to see Pinhead dance in H-R 4. 2 stars
12/15/98 Binky Piece of crap. 1 stars
11/29/98 Q-Meister Not even close to 1 or 2, but it beat the hell out of 3 3 stars
11/18/98 MinxxDaShorty Ohhhhh ,, I'm still shakin 1 stars
11/04/98 Bad Kosh Hey, I'm the hellraiser around in my family, in other words, SUCK MY BALLS, GODDAMIT! 1 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress NO! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  08-Mar-1996 (R)
  DVD: 19-Apr-2011

UK
  02-May-1997 (18)

Australia
  14-Apr-1997 (MA)




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