Hellraiser: Bloodline

1996

Horror / Sci-Fi

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Cast

Bruce Ramsay as Phillip L'Merchant/John Merchant/Dr. Paul Merchant
Valentina Vargas as Angelique/Peasant Girl
Doug Bradley as Pinhead
Charlotte Chatton as Genevieve L'Merchant
720p
599.84 MB
1280*720
English
R
English
23.976 fps
1hr 25 min
P/S 10 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) 6 / 10

Not quite as good as part III, but Bloodline is still a relatively watchable installment in the hugely successful Hellraiser series.


The year is 2127, and a descendent of the maker of the box that opens the gate to Hell is trying to figure out a way to open the box and trap the demons that come out of Hell. He has commandeered a space station (that he himself designed) for this task. He opens the box, lets the demons out, and is detained (people begin to investigate his questionable behavior on the ship) before he can capture them. Almost the entire film is told in the form of a story which he tells the people holding him, in an effort to get them to let him go so he can finish his work. Needless to say, it takes a lot of gory deaths to convince them.

There is a small bit of tension created by the fact that the entire time he is telling the guards what is going on, the Cenobites are out and are on the ship. However, this is largely forgotten about for the majority of the film because so much of it takes place in 18th century France, the time when the box was created. Basically, some toymaker makes the box, opens it, demons show up, and they terrorize his family for generations. You'd think they'd be grateful because he let them out into the world of the living. Anyway, the guy in 2127 has taken upon himself the task of building a NEW box that will be sort of an antidote to the first box, one that is designed so that it can actually trap LIGHT inside.

It's an interesting enough story, and it was actually fairly entertaining, but the film itself was still somewhat lacking. The acting was pretty bad (but at least Ashley Laurence was blissfully absent again), and there wasn't much effort put into the directing. The movement back and forth from the distant future to the distant past was also a bit detrimental at times to the tension of the story, but luckily the film did present a few cool new cenobites (one that was satisfactorily created out of a couple of idiot security guards), and Bloodline also displayed probably one of Pinhead's best performances ever. I would say that Bloodline is more of an informational movie than a good Hellraiser movie. While it is interesting to watch, it is almost more informational than entertaining. So even though the movie itself may have been disappointing, I think that it is a good addition to the series as a whole. It works better within the Hellraiser series than it does by itself.

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

In Space, Um, No One, Um, Nevermind

In this fourth gripping installment of the Hellraiser series, we are treated to the story of the Lament Configuration (or Lemarchand's Box or whatever you call it). It involves demons, Pinhead, some French people, architecture and outer space. Pretty good deal.

This film is my favorite in the Hellraiser series. By itself, there is not much going on. I can understand why many think this film is weak. If I just watched it without the entire series, I would be like, "what the heck?" But I think this really ties the first four films together, explaining how everything fits.

I have read reviews that say the film is inconsistent and that it does not line up with the other films. I say hogwash. The film makes perfect sense. And it lines up with the others just fine. I guess you could say things like "how did the box get from x to y", but I think it is pretty clear. The French guy had it, then it went into circulation, then the Cottons had it in parts 1 and 2, then the news reporter in part 3, and she buried it in the cement where it was pulled out this time. What is not to understand?

I could say the space aspect was cheesy. Leprechaun has been to space, and later Jason Voorhees went to space. Others probably did, too, that I cannot think of offhand. But unlike Leprechaun, this made sense... it was actually central to the plot and could not have been done on Earth in any conceivable manner. So the space thing is not so bad.

As I mentioned in my review for "Hellraiser 3", I dislike how writer Peter Atkins introduced new cenobites. This movie has more, including twins and a former demon (which really makes no sense to me). What determines who becomes a cenobite? Pinhead? Maybe this will be explained in a later film, but probably not, and it is not really explained here.

The director disowned this film due to massive re-shoots he had no part in. I, for one, would love to see his version. While I have already said this is my favorite, perhaps the other is something worth checking out. Also, it would stifle some of those critics who think it was reassembled as a senseless pile of bangers and mash. I disagree with those critics and would love to see them eat their words.

After seeing parts 1 and 2 (and presumably 3), watch this. Do not listen to the nay-sayers. If you want to know how the whole Pinhead, box and whatnot started, this is the film to explain it to you. (You might ask how Pinhead got out before the box was created, but you would be silly, because he was not born yet.) I support this one and you should, too.

Reviewed by CarelessMoonDruid 8 / 10

Horror-in-the-Box.

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...

the Fiend :.

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