It’s a shame because what is here is not that bad it’s just disjointed and lacks depth simply because the story was hacked into something it shouldn’t have been. I would love to see a restored version although from information I have read a lot of the intended story was never even filmed after Yagher left the production.
So here is my review of the movie that is and not the movie that could have been.
Hellraiser: Bloodline tells the story of Phillip L’Merchant and his descendants down through the centuries and into the future. Phillip was a talented toymaker contracted to create the first Lament Configuration centuries ago. He thought of it only as a puzzle box and did not suspect what it would be used for. The intention of the box is made sort of clear when it is used in a brutal ceremony that brings a demon into our world to take the body of a murdered and skinned prostitute. After Phillip witnesses this hellish scene he attempts to design a way to undo what the box has done (or something like that) After Phillip is unfortunately murdered we skip forward in time as the Merchant descendants attempt to stop Pinhead and Angelique by using Phillip’s design along with lasers, mirrors, and squiggly lines. Epic stuff to say the least.
As I said what is here is not bad but it’s easy to tell there was far more intended for the story. The lack of depth makes this interesting only as a curiosity as to what could have been and a bit of fun for the Pinhead moments. Good going you clever movie studio executives (morons).
I like the intention of this move. The previous Hellraiser movies were entertaining but left so many questions about the origin of the box, Leviathan, and the Cenobites that it would have been wonderful to finally fill in the details.
Angelique has nice boobies.
The new Cenobite designs are cool. All two of them. Three if you count the demon dog.
The not so good:
- Pinhead calls Angelique “Princess”. This is a reference to an earlier version of the screenplay when her character was the one who contracted to have the Lament Configuration created. As it stands now it makes it a bit of a mystery why Pinhead calls her this.
Random thoughts and observations:
So what was the intention of this Pinhead killer device anyway. Did it just kill Pinhead and the other Cenobites onboard the station or did it permanently close the door to Hell? Did it destroy Leviathan and any other demons that might be lurking in Hell?