J.R. Taylor
November 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hellraiser: Bloodline

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
86 minutes
performer
Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas
director
Alan Smithee, Kevin Yagher
genre
Horror

We gave it a B

Though F/X wiz and director Kevin Yagher opted for the pseudonymous Alan Smithee credit here, Hellraiser: Bloodline, the fourth film in the Hellraiser series, is actually rather interesting, offering a lot more than just another extended cameo by Pinhead. Essentially an anthology, the movie follows the descendants of the toy maker who first designed the notorious puzzle box that summons the S&M minions of the netherworld. Anyone sitting through this in a theater probably fumed over the more incoherent moments, but video’s friendlier confines reveal spiffy camera work and careful plotting. In a rare display of inventiveness, the climactic outer-space chase scene pays off with a surprisingly evil twist, helping to make this the best Alan Smithee film in ages. B

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