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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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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:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Doug Bradley who had played Pinhead in all the previous films, joined the cast first. Bradley agreed the film should focus more on the other characters, and several lesser-known actors joining major roles including Bruce Ramsay and Valentina Vargas. 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 work print 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 Rimmer. As her crew is being killed, she 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. . Rimmmer 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 Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) 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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