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Hellraiser: Bloodline Reviews

Ambitious though it may be, this fourth entry in the HELLRAISER saga is easily the least of the film series inspired by author/filmmaker Clive Barker's dark imagination. In the year 2127, soldiers board Space Station Minos and discover lone scientist Paul Merchant (Bruce Ramsay) experimenting with an antique puzzle box, the notorious Lament Configuration. He tells one of the group, Rimmer (Christine Harnos), his tale: In 18th-century France, his ancestor Phillip Lemarchand (Ramsay again) invents the box for the Duc de L'Isle (Mickey Cottrell), who uses it to create the satanic seductress Angelique (Valentina Vargas). Phillip is killed trying to counteract his key to hell, but the rest of the Lamarchands escape. In 1996, descendant John Merchant (Ramsay once more) is a Los Angeles architect whose latest building design follows subconscious memories of the Lament Configuration. Ageless Angelique arrives from Paris with the puzzle box and summons the Cenobite demon Pinhead (Doug Bradley); they threaten John's family so that he'll activate his new atrium as a diabolical gateway. But John has been working on the Elysium Configuration, a cube of reflected light which negates the portal of hell. Can he vanquish Pinhead forever? HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE's production history was notoriously troubled: Original director Kevin Yagher, a veteran makeup-effects artist, was replaced by the studio with Joe Chappelle (HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS) for reshoots and the finished film is credited to "Alan Smithee." (Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, extreme profanity.)