Having already raised Hell on Earth in the third film, there was only one logical direction in which to take the HELLRAISER series: outer space. As ridiculous as this sounds (and is), HELLRAISER 4 is still an improvement over the last entry, however slight. BLOODLINE tells the story of the family L'Merchant, whose ancestors were responsible for creating the Lament Configuration, a puzzle box with the ability to open the gateways of hell and unleash the sinister Cenobites! Kevin Yagher dresses the film up nicely enough with several bloody set pieces and a somber mood, but neither are able to distract from the careless scripting and weak performances. No longer kept hidden, Pinhead is thrust into the foreground once more, diluting the effect of his presence on screen as he enters into endless monologues about pain, suffering... the usual. The demonic temptress Angelique played by Valentina Vargas stands out above the rest, although her existence does not seem to fit into Clive Barker's original mythology. HELLRAISER 4 is watchable garbage with enough bloodletting to appease most fans of the series.