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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 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:

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,505,036, 10 March 1996

Gross USA:

$9,336,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,336,886
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Yagher: disowned the version with cuts made behind his back due to conflicting artistry ideas. Yagher's version contained much more graphic imagery, plot, and explained everything that happened in the film. The producers disagreed and demanded Pinhead should appear sooner despite every version of the script up until then having him appear around the 40-minute mark. When Yagher was unable to satisfy he disowned it and never finished filming some final scenes. Joe Chappelle was brought on to finish the film, filming new scenes from re-writes including the narrative framing device. Some scenes of the original script were thus never shot. 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

Angelique: Things seem to have changed.
Pinhead: Hell is more ordered since your time, princess, and much less amusing.
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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

There is a workprint of Hellraiser Bloodline that reflects what appears to be an early attempt to rectify the studio's complaint that Pinhead enters the film too late. It starts with John Merchant's present day story and continues with flashbacks to L'Merchant's story throughout as well as a few other minor changes. . Opens with a shot of three planets coming into alignment then goes straight into De L'Isle bringing the French girl to the banquet, killing her, and summoning Angelique. L'Merchant is nowhere to be seen. . John then wakes from his nightmare and there is more of him soothing Jack with his wife. . John gives his speech and another difference is that he cannot even continue after being distracted by Angelique. Instead, he tries to demonstrate his lighting invention but it does not work yet. . After Angelique summons Pinhead there are two more dreams. One has Angelique in front of De L'Isle's friends where she has given them all boxes. As they begin to solve them, she promises to strip but as she undresses, she becomes a monster and chains from the ceiling attack the guests. The other shows De L'Isle attempting to kill L'merchant after telling him that he plans to send Angelique back to hell for fear of L'Merchant's science replacing his magic. . There is another alteration where, after Pinhead shoves his hook into Angelique's chest, he takes sexual pleasure in licking the hook clean then, through her blood, senses she has a secret. . Later, she reveals to John that she wants him to use his lighting invention to defeat those that would subjugate her (i.e. Pinhead) and in the process, become more than a demon but turn into a god instead. . Jack falls way too fast in the elevator and gets scared. . Angelique has taken Jack and forces John to use his lighting invention against Pinhead. It briefly works and Pinhead is pinned to the ceiling by his own chains but, again, the light extinguishes after a few seconds and Pinhead breaks free. He is the one that traps Angelique in chains but, then, the rest happens at is does with John being killed by Pinhead and John's wife sending Pinhead and Angelique back to hell. One additional line is that Angelique tells Pinhead he must kill Jack and sever the bloodline after Pinhead has said John's knowledge is dangerous. They are sent back to hell before he can though. . There is an additional scene of Dr. Merchant in the space station before the arrival of Remy and her crew. He wakes from a nightmare about John's death with a full head of hair, speaks to a priest via hologram and asks him to prey for his whole bloodline, and shaves his head. . The Twins cenobite has a line after they tear apart from each other and before they crush the man where they say they can't stand being separated from each other. . Additionally, there is one more flashback to L'Merchant, this time being the scene where he is told he must invent a machine to close the gate to hell because it is his responsibility as maker of the box. . Dr. Merchant does not tell his story to Remy. As her crew is being killed, shoe simply comes to the conclusion that he is the only one that can help. . The Angelique cenobite has clearly retained her own mind and personality. Angelique tries to convince Dr. Merchant to join her once more, but he refuses and Pinhead arrives. . Remy escapes the space station alone and never has the discussion with Dr. Merchant about not sacrificing himself. Dr. Merchant confronts Pinhead once more, in person. They face each other down as the space station is destroyed killing them both. See more »

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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Hellraiser III (2014) 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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