Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

📅10 October 2011, 20:51

Going to space already??

Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
Directed By: Kevin Yagher, Alan Smithee & Joe Chappelle

The Prologue
So instead of just going to hell for the new Hellraiser they went to space..Which that could be the same difference in the world of horror. Hellraiser: Bloodline was to be the very last Hellraiser film to hit the theaters. And after having seen this for myself, I can fully understand why. There was soo much crammed into this film and in honesty the film isn’t even THAT long. So when you have a film that feels long that isn’t, that’s never a good thing. While these days Clive Barker is saying he doesn’t want his name on the more recent Hellraiser film, I gotta ask why he wouldn’t have blew the whistle at this one? I think I would have, had I been him.

The Movie
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.

So apparently they just didn’t want to go along with what we got at the end of part III, so they give us a follow up of that BUT they sandwich it between a story that kicks off in the year 2127 (killing any continuity in the franchise to come) and then going to the 18th century before finally settling things in the timeline we are more familiar with. And then of course to really finalize things we go back to the year of 2127. If that makes your head hurt reading it, just think about how it can make your head hurt while you watch it.

Pinhead in space surely isn’t as entertaining as the folks in 1996 must have originally thought it would be. I think the story would have been better off to just have stuck with going for the plot that revolves around the events that follow the events of part III. We could shoot to the past in flashbacks, but do we really need the space stuff? That’s just bad bad bad all around. I mean we get a CGI box with robot arms being used to open it?? That screams bottom of the barrel scraping to me. And not even a guy from Killing Zoe or the redheaded girl from A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 could save it.

So the movie rolls along and you really won’t be cheering for anyone besides, Pinhead. And if you are keeping track at home, Pinhead takes his own sweet time to get here. I think he may not even show up until you’re about half way into the movie. There is some gore, but it’s not as good as before. They toss in a few “hounds from hell” but you really just end up missing the old school Cenobites, who have been missing for a couple films at this point. What you get with Bloodline, is a film that was just bad. Too much silly stuff being tossed into it, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense. If you were a fan of first three (as I am), I can see why this would be a major let down to anyone watching.

The Conclusion
You can get this from Echo Bridge. You can get it solo HERE or in that new Hellraiser Collection set HERE. I’d probably go for it on the collection set, because I’m not sure it’s good enough for the stand alone. Pinhead is there and that’s all good and great, but the rest is a mess or just lacking. At it’s time of release, this was by far the worst Hellraiser.

The Rating (5/10)        

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