Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996)
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What can I say? I actually like this movie and I know already that most of you reading are disagreeing with my opinion when I say this is a good film. Not great, but nonetheless still good in many respects.
I think many of the fans fear the originality and new concepts brought into the series by this film, plus the fact that they couldn't understand much before and now understand even less. In saying that I must say that I am at a loss as well as far as most of the Hellraiser mythology - atleast I am if there is official word - goes with only one man truly understanding what Hellraiser is really about - and we all know who that is, don't we?
All we can do is guess and put forward opinions and possible truths on webpages, but in the end it comes down to serious creativity on Barker's part that blows most people away the first time they watch one of these four classic horror movies. Whoops, I said the word "classic" in a Bloodline review - yes, I didů
Bloodline can't be considered a classic horror movie because of self production or a movie standing on it's own, but it still holds a couple of the classic characters from previous installments. Much of the script was extremely promising, but was unfortunately just not executed in the right way or tweaked in the right places, but in saying that the content is still there you just have to look at it the correct way and appreciate a movie which has an extremely hard act to follow with the second and third installments, as far as viewing quality is concerned and Hellraiser as far as originality is concerned.
Bloodline did bring back the same element of sexual line that the original film did in master seedy fashion. However it lacked the same power and imagery of the original Hellraiser, leaving it wailing around in it's wake. In the least Bloodline will interest you to a small extent, but you may take what I took from it which is quite a lot and in good taste too...