“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 lopped at it in the last two decades are very 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 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. One suspects that there was a lot more to it before it got cut up given how memorable and languid Yagher’s direction is, and many of the creature effects and gore makeup are striking. It’s certainly not a good movie, but it’s a fascinating one to watch.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)