Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

“Hellraiser: Bloodline” is one of those movies that I’m aware is flawed beyond redemption but still manages to grab my attention. All the criticisms that have been lobbed at it are pretty much true: The screenplay is downright execrable, its internal mythology is hopelessly muddled and nonsensical, and the movie is edited with all the finesse of a chainsaw yielded by a drunken toddler. In fact, the editing is so glaringly bad that the project positively reeks of relentless studio interference (which might explain why director Kevin Yagher opted to be credited with the Directors Guild nom-de-plume Alan Smithee). However, I admit that I’ve always enjoyed watching it – even buried under choppy editing, Yagher’s direction is inventive and imaginative, and he manages to coax solid performances out of the cast, all of which makes the movie surprisingly effective despite its missteps. Watch for a young Adam Scott in a supporting role.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)


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