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Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

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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.

Director:

Kevin Yagher (as Alan Smithee)

Writer:

Peter Atkins
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Cast

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

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellraiser IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,675,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Duc de L'lsle was modeled after the Marquis De Sade and Gilles de Rais. See more »

Goofs

The actor Mickey Cottrell is credited at the beginning of the movie as "Mickey Cotrell". At the end of the movie, in the credits list, the error is corrected. See more »

Quotes

Bobbi Merchant: [to Pinhead] You go play with your dog, you bastard!
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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

The original cut, still titled "Hellraiser: Bloodline"
  • begins in 1784. Lemarchand builds the Lament Configuration, gives it to De L'Isle, and watches as he and Angelique challenge his card player guests to open it. When they do Angelique transforms to a demon and seemingly kills them. Lemerchand goes to Auguste, to suggests building the Elysian Configuration. Angelique visits and seduces Lemarchand. inviting him to a masked ball. Auguste tries to warn him away but is killed by Angelique's demonic clowns. Lemarchand, against his wife's wishes, goes to Angelique's party where she seduces and kisses him. When left alone, De L'Isle attempts to kill Lemarchand so he won't be replaced. An angered Angelique apparently kills De L'Isle and offers Lemarchand riches to help her. He refuses. Genvieve arrives and finds her husband almost dead. Angelique goes to kill her and her unborn child when the near-death De L'Isle appears and uses his magic to banish them all back to Hell. Genvieve flees to America as De L'Isle's servant Jacque summons Angelique back to be his sex slave.
  • The central part of the film is mostly the same as the theatrical version, except with a clearer plot where Angelique tries to use the prototype Elysian Configuration to kill Pinhead. Angered, Pinhead summons chains to drag Angelique into the light but it cuts out before she dies. Bobbi then banishes them all back to Hell. Despite some bizarre rumours, there is no "neighbour" character in any version of the film.
  • The last part is set in the future. It's very much he same but Paul does not tell his story to Rimmer. Also, the final confrontation features all the Cenobites and Angelique wanting Paul to join her again. He refuses and stays on board the Elysian, dying alongside Pinhead and the Cenobites and ending the bloodline forever.
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Connections

Followed by Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) See more »

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Alan Smithee does NOT mean BAD MOVIE
7 February 2007 | by jj1212See all my reviews

I wanted to clear something up here.

When a movie uses the name Alan Smithee instead of the real director, it doesn't mean he wishes to disassociate him/herself from the movie because it's bad. In fact, that CANNOT do that.

The only way a director can do it, is to prove that they no longer have creative direction over the film, due to one reason or another - usually political reasons within the film's money suppliers. Too much interference.

The change has to be approved by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

See the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Smithee Now, this doesn't mean the movie is bad. In fact, it's possible that the original director was making such a bad movie that people had to intervene, and he/she didn't want to hear it. It's possible that the movie may have been much worse. Or better. We can't know.


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