Every bit as informative and cleverly done as HR3, only this time, the point of interest is that box; that wonderfully treacherous darkly intricate little box.
A second definitive film! Hellraiser 3 was the first in the personalization of Pinhead's character. Hellraiser 4: Bloodline gives us the history of the box, the curse upon the family of the one who created it, and the fate of the descendant who created the UN-box; the reverse to the original which will close the gates to Hell for all time.
Some critics have given this movie low marks due to the "Pinhead in Space" factor, claiming that it was unnecessary and that it lent nothing but cheese to the story. Others have labeled the vehicle as a "franchise contrivance."
I must say that I agree with neither statement. Space was the ideal place for this sequence to have occurred. The plot would have suffered greatly had they tried this particular ideology on the Earth's surface. Also, this was a hard movie to make and I found nothing whatsoever contrived about it. It flowed smoothly and told the story beautifully; albeit darkly.
This movie also faced some real editing problems while in production. It seems the director had his name removed from this movie (or changed) after scenes depicting a deeper story line and stronger ideologies, were deleted.
I give this wonderful installment high marks! Rarely do the sequels even begin to measure up to the original, much less surpass it.
It rates an 8.1/10 from...
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Horror / Sci-Fi
Horror / Sci-Fi
It's the year 2127. Pinhead, the evil cenobite of the series, has found himself on board a space station in outer space, run by scientist Dr.Merchant. Dr. Merchant's mission is to close the gates to hell forever. Because his ancestor, a toymaker in the 18th century, built the evil puzzlebox that opens the gates to hell. And through the generations, the family of the bloodline has tried to stop it. But now, Dr.Merchant has built the reverse box. The box that will close the gates to hell instead of opening it.
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