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Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 8 March 1996 (USA)
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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 »

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Details

Official Sites:

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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

Editor Randolph K. Bricker was brought in by Joe Chappelle (who was Miramax's replacement for original director Kevin Yagher) to assemble a completely new cut of the film. This version was the one that was ultimately released in theaters in 1996. See more »

Goofs

When the Lament Configuration shoots chains out at Sharpe, and the gateway opens, look at the box in the wide shot and you will see that there are no chains coming from it. See more »

Quotes

Pinhead: [to Paul while looking at the Earth] Glorious, is it not? The creatures who walk its surface, always looking to the light, never seeing the untold oceans of darkness beyond. There are more humans alive today than in all of its pitiful history. The Garden of Eden. A garden of flesh.
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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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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Hellraiser III (2014) See more »

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Very well done! C'mon, have you actually SEEN most other 'Horror' films...?
31 December 2011 | by lathe-of-heavenSee all my reviews

Okay, I wasn't going to bother writing a review for this one and I rarely take the time to write reviews here, BUT... Seeing this undeservedly LOW score here made me feel that I really had to 'say' something.

First off, YES, I am indeed a BIG fan of the first three films; before these just recently came out on glorious Blu-ray, years ago, I even sprang for the UK Puzzle Box set of the first three films (mainly because at the time UNCUT versions were not available here in the States and also for the full commentaries and the bonus DVD that came with it : ) Now, I know it is hard to believe, but I just NOW for the very first time saw this one, part 4; the reason being is that from some casual stuff I had read, I was under the impression that pretty much all the other 'HELLRAISER' films were not very good. Well... Let me tell you, I was extremely surprised and impressed! As I said, compared to all the REALLY AWFUL Horror films out there that are excruciating and badly made, and that is most of them, I was surprised that this one was made quite well.

Okay, so a lot of the fans are sort of put off because it is really different from the other films. Fine... Isn't the POINT to try to come up with different angles and new approaches rather than just remaking the same film again and again...? I thought it was genuinely very creative and kept my attention very much so throughout the film. Sure, okay, it starts in space and your rolling your eyes, thinking "Oh great,'LEPRECHAUN 3'" :) well, it works; it really does. Obviously a LOT of thought was put into the timeline and the mythology of the box, etc., not to mention the follow through at the end. Sure, it wrapped it up rather quickly and left it kind of ambiguous, but so what?! Yes, of COURSE it doesn't have the intensity of the original or even the complexity of the next two films, but to me I was mainly impressed by their not only coming up with the new idea to show the origins, etc., but also I honestly felt that everything that made up the film was done very well considering that it is a damn 'HORROR' movie! : ) I gave it a good, strong '8' which it fully deserves considering the context and type of film. I think that people get SO jaded and expect SO dang much from sequels. I mean, C'mon, compared to what... 'WITCHBOARD' 1-9 or whatever the hell sequel they're at now, this here is pure art!

Heh, if THIS one threw you, just wait until you see part 5! I just this minute finished watching that one for the very first time also a few minutes ago and that is a WILD departure from the early films. However, it was made even much better than this one; the director was actually very, very good!


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