In the 22nd century, a scientist attempts to right the wrong his ancestor created: the puzzle box that opens the gates of Hell and unleashes Pinhead and his Cenobite legions.


Kevin Yagher (as Alan Smithee)


Peter Atkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Ramsay ... Phillip / John / Paul
Valentina Vargas ... Angelique
Doug Bradley ... Pinhead
Charlotte Chatton ... Genevieve
Adam Scott ... Jacques
Kim Myers ... Bobbi
Mickey Cottrell ... Duc de L'Isle
Louis Turenne Louis Turenne ... Auguste
Courtland Mead ... Jack
Louis Mustillo ... Sharpe
Jody St. Michael Jody St. Michael ... The Beast
Paul Perri Paul Perri ... Edwards
Pat Skipper ... Carducci
Christine Harnos ... Rimmer
Wren T. Brown ... Parker (as Wren Brown)


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. Written by Jason Mechalek

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This year, the past, the present and the future will all meet at the crossroads of hell.


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


New scenes were shot in April and May 1995. Doug Bradley said they consisted of entirely new material, and were not truly re-shoots. Angelique's origin and relationships with Pinhead and the L'Merchant line were changed. Many scenes were removed during editing, especially from the L'Merchant storyline. Angelique and Pinhead originally had a more violent and adversarial relationship. Angelique represented an older, more chaotic version of Hell that favors drawn-out temptation, and Pinhead represented an ascetic, results-based order that takes over. The theatrical cut replaces some of their hostility with sexual tension. The original cut was 111 minutes long, but final cut was 82 minutes long. When Kevin Yagher saw the finished film, he felt it strayed too far from his original vision, and had his name removed from the credits, using the DGA pseudonym Alan Smithee. See more »


(at around 59 mins) As Bobbi sends the Chatter Beast back to Hell, she holds up the puzzle box and shouts "Does this pathway work both ways!?". As she says this, the shot zooms in and then back out and as it does the puzzle box changes position in her hand. In the wide shot, she is holding it with the large gold dial pointed at the Chatter Beast, but in the close up shot, it is a small brown circle pointed at the Chatter Beast . See more »


[the Angelique and Twins Cenobites appear behind Edwards]
Edwards: Oh, no. He told me it could protect me. He told me what to do!
Angelique Cenobite: Please, go ahead.
[Edwards tries to solve it, but can't]
Edwards: It's a box! It's just a box!
[Angelique summons the box to her]
Angelique Cenobite: Thank God for men of reason.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits have the "Filmed in Panavision" moniker, suggesting the film was shot in cinema-scope (2.35:1), however the film was shot in flat (1.85:1) ratio. The end credit was more than likely meant to read "Filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses". See more »

Alternate Versions

Just before release, Miramax had some scenes deleted and other re-shot, causing director Kevin Yagher to disown the film (the theatrical release has a director credited for 'Alan Smithee'). A new director, Joe Chappelle, was brought in to shoot the additional material. See more »


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If not for this, Hellraiser would be a neat little trilogy
25 June 1999 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

This movie sucked. It was soooooo boring, just talk, talk, talk, with none of the charm or daringness of the first, second, or even THIRD Hellraiser. The cenobites bite, and the humans are insipid and dull. Pinhead is hardly ever around, and when he is, he's just talking. Some boring woman Pinhead calls "Princess" does all the killing, which entails people being tied to chairs and killed. BORING! The one time there's some cenobite-forming action, it's completely predictable (beforehand the future victims say stuff like "Let's stick together" and "Somebody's messin' with our heads").

The first two Hellraisers are good, solid horror films, and the third one is passable, a credible effort if not a successful one. This is a boring piece of crap, more suited to being a Sci Fi Channel original movie than a theatrical-release sequel to a beloved Horror series.

Pinhead is dead.

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Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellraiser IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,505,036, 10 March 1996

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