Hellraiser IV: Bloodline

Released 2000


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Alan Smithee , Kevin Yagher
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline is a great movie for those seeking an action packed thriller with many sequels (Hellraiser I, II, III) and gruesome characters. The movie follows Phillip L'Merchant (Bruce Ramsay) who unknowingly creates a puzzle box in 18th century France. The box is fashioned to open the gates of hell, releasing the diabolical creatures and villains ready to spread evil upon the earth. To Phillips horror, the box gets into the hands of Duc de L'Isle (Mickey Cottrell), who uses the box to summon demons as well as a satanic seductress, Angelique (Valentina Vargas). Phillip is then killed while trying to stop the box from being used. The movie then skips to 1996 where a descendent of Phillip L'Merchant, John Merchant (Bruce Ramsay), is an architect in Los Angeles. Here, Angelique unlocks the box, releasing Pinhead (Doug Bradley) from Hell. The L'Merchant family must now fight one of the worst villains of all time to stop the world from coming to an end.moreless

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  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    For about half of its running time, Hellraiser: Bloodline is watchable. In fact -- let's throw around the superlatives -- it's mildly entertaining. [9 March 1996, p.B3]

  • 25

    The Seattle Times John Hartl

    The sexual sadism that ruled in the first Hellraiser has been largely replaced by tiresome confrontations between the toymakers and Pinhead, who responds to their sputtering oaths ...

  • 12

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    A bloody mess...The effects are nothing you haven't seen before; the acting is so broad, it borders on the ridiculous; and the story, once intriguing, has become ludicrous. [11 Mar...

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Horror, Suspense


Slashers, Supernatural, Creatures & Monsters, Cult, Satanic