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The plot focuses on the l'Merchant family (the makers of the original box/doorway to hell). The story starts on what seems to be a derelict space station, where the latest Merchant (played by Bruce Ramsey) is doing something mysterious with the proverbial little puzzle box. He is interrupted by an team come to investigate the apparent hijacking of the station. His efforts to explain the history of the box and the reason for his actions take us first to 18th Century Paris where the box is first made and Angelique (demon #1) invoked. Then we head for 1996 where a young architect nearly makes a monumental box and Pinhead (demon #2) makes his entry.
Finally, we return to the station in 2127, where the latest Merchant is trying to destroy both the box, and the demons it summons. While the Paris episode is mostly just plain bloody, the remaining stories have real plots, and Pinhead (played by Doug Bradley) does a bang up job of being both horrible and intelligent. Thus you get all your basic urges satisfied, learn some of the background story behind all the films, and get a bit of demonic philosophy as well.
I'm tempted to say that this could very easily be the best of the Hellraisers. This is due primarily to Bradley's job as Pinhead.Read more ›
In this case director Kevin Yagher (a respected makeup effects artist) disowned the film after Dimension made cuts to it. Hellraiser creator and original Hellraiser director Clive Barker has pretty much been written out of the series by now. You only see Clive Barker Presents (since they're his characters) but
that's it. Apparently Barker is too expensive and he has his own ideas of where the Hellraiser mythos should be going.
That said, Hellraiser: Bloodline is a weaker effort than the previous three appearances of The Box. (I actually liked Part III a lot).
This is an ambitious story, as far as horror series go, and certainly as far as Part IVs go in any series. While the first three eventually led to more insight into Pinhead and his origin, including the separation of his human and demon side in Part III, Bloodline tries to trace the history of the famous box. The Lament Configuration, as its known, was designed by a toymaker named Merchant in 18th century France. It was commissioned by a particularly crazy Duke (or Duc) who somehow is able to raise hell with the thing. (It's never made clear why the box has these powers, or, for that matter, what the heck is going on with his Latin incantations and skinning at the beginning).
The film opens in the year 2127 on a giant spaceship (yes, folks, Pinhead in space).Read more ›
We are transported back to what I assume to be 18th century France, where a toy maker named L'Merchant has been commissioned to design a puzzle box for famed magician/occultist M. de L'isle. The toy maker watches from outside as de L'isle and an assistant kill and skin a young woman and use her, in conjunction with the powerful box, to summon a demon. Realizing that he is responsible for creating a means of opening the gates of hell, L'Merchant sets about designing a machine to destroy demons such as the beguilingly beautiful enchantress Angelique. He does not live long enough to succeed, but the curse and the memories of what he has done are imbedded in his bloodline. The story then jumps to 1996, where architect John Merchant has designed a huge room intriguingly similar to the puzzle box. Angelique soon arrives and summons Pinhead.Read more ›
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I loved the "space battle"... I loved the "robots"! I loved the giant space station that turned out to be a "transformer"!Published 4 months ago by Ricky Valley
A nice change of pace as the franchise reviews the past and future of the Puzzle Box in this anthology of sorts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John's Horror Corner
One of the last enjoyable Hellraiser films in the franchise. With all the sequels, this was the last one that actually explained the box and kept the story interesting without... Read morePublished 21 months ago by kevin sherman
excellent makeup, costumes, sets and acting. Extremely horror movie oriented. Freaky and scary in some scenes. Awesome movie overall. I love it!Published on October 19, 2013 by Abby Joan
As a major horror movie buff gotta say that this movie was truly a terrible movie and in general definitely the second in the worst of the 6 entries to be made after the first 3... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by HereWeGo
Pinhead in the Future, hmmmm.... a little tacked on but it still has some chills, and an Interesting way to close the Story, Sooooo.... Pretty Cool.Published on February 3, 2013 by omare
So you just finished watching Hellraiser 3 Hell on earth, and your wondering to yourself, what happened to my pinhead?! Where has the creepiness gone? Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Wayne Cooper
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