THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: This is one of the most confusing, unfulfilling entries in the entire franchise, and with all the script and creative problems, I can see why. Let's start with the good, which isn't much. Doug Bradley again proved he was irreplaceable as Pinhead, and Bruce Ramsay did a fine job portraying three different roles in three different time periods. Add to that the performance of Valentina Vargas as Angelique, and that just about wraps up the positives of this film. The best part of the film was the present day action, but once that ended, I found I had little interest in the rest of the film. There was way too much time-jumping involved, and it didn't help when trying to establish any of the characters or story. And, of course, the mere thought of Pinhead in space sent shivers down my spine before I saw it, just like 'Jason X' did when it came out six years later. Why are script writers so fascinated with sending our beloved icons into space? Even John Carpenter wanted to send Michael Myers into space at one point, but thank god that never came to fruition. Great horror just needs a great story to succeed, not blasting off into outer space. But anyways, 'Bloodline' was such a mess, it is easy to see why it was disowned by many of the cast and crew after filming. The music, too, added very little to the overall entertainment experience, and Daniel Licht delivered a way too orchestral, over-the-top score that felt way out of place, and certainly did not belong in the 'Hellraiser' universe. In fact, the only good points of the music were when Licht sampled previous scores that Christopher Young did in the first two films. Why even bother then? It's too bad they dropped the ball with this one, because it single-handedly knocked Pinhead out of theaters forever (or until the inevitable re-make surfaces) and into the eternal abyss known as direct-to-video. 2 out of 10.
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