Hellraiser: Bloodline


Horror / Sci-Fi


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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
599.84 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 25 min
P/S 5 / 12

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 TerrorClaw 7 / 10

If you're a fan of the idea, this one's good.

This movie succeeds if you're a fan of Clive Barker's comic book. It follows the mythos quite logically, and adds a good deal of conjecture to the "reality" of the cenobites. As a sequel this film fills a void.

As a film on its own, this movie should be watched. Its engaging story and thought-provoking plot is enough to keep any viewer entertained, not to mention the violence and gore. Not a bad movie or wasted time.

Reviewed by CarelessMoonDruid 8 / 10


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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