Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hellraiser 4 (1996)

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.

Rating: 6/10.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, that is exactly my thoughts on the movie. First time I saw it I about walked out of the theater...Hellraiser in space? Really, but I am glad I stayed....I have seen worse :D

    Cheers!

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  2. this one, minus the space stuff... was one of the better story telling about the construction of the box and the telling of her the daughter of evil... so i n'joy this plenty... maybe a 8.5 on the 10

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  3. This is my favorite in the series after the first two, but it is definitely a guilty pleasure.

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  4. no, no, no, no. shouldn't have even made the second one

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  5. I actually liked this one Carl. Made more sense then Jason being in space at least.

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  6. Did we watch this one together BNess?

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