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Monday, April 25, 2011

Hellraiser: Bloodline


STATS:
Hellraiser: Bloodline
1996
Director: “Alan Smithee
Writer: Peter Atkins
Starring: Doug Bradley, Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas… and Adam Scott for some reason

WHA’ HAPPENED?
Pinhead in space. Also, Pinhead in eighteenth century France . He gets around.

Technically, it was a demon named Angelique who showed up for the French parts. I always pictured Pinhead as less French and more German.

ISN’T THAT SPECIAL?
As far as the theatrical Hellraisers go, this one has a real stench to it, mainly because the director (Kevin Yagher, the guy who designed Chucky) disowned it. (Note the Alan Smithee credit.) Then parts were reshot by Joe Chapelle, the guy who really classed-up the Halloween franchise with its sixth installment (i.e. the worst one without Busta Rimes). Basically, there’s a whole lot of bad mojo circling this film, and I wanted to see how much of it was true.

Well, at least it doesn’t have the dumbest title of the franchise.

SHIRTS AND SKINS:
Some demon/human sex scenes, but you mostly just see lady-back. Some glimpses of man-shoulders, but mostly lady-back. However, that man is this guy…


…who’s weirdly dreamy.

Maybe this is a better picture.

BLOOD AND GUTS:
The usual for this series: chains and hooks and peeled-off skin. Two twins become Siamese against their will. A robot explodes. A demon dog eats some space rangers off-screen. You know, tale as old as time.


RANDOM THOUGHTS:
Has there been any other horror series that skinned this many people alive?

Angelique definitely has style. The actress is Chilean, but she has a French soul.

When her character got skinned alive, THIS came out.

OK. IS IT GAY?
Not really. It’s a story that transcends generations, but it’s not exactly an epic romance.

Our love will never last. You’re Russian, and I’m from Hell.

There aren’t any gay characters (even in the French section!) and there’s very little sexuality at all, gay or otherwise. Maybe if the romance plotlines had been dialed up, I’d feel differently. It almost seemed like the demon/human bed-hopping was a dropped plot point. Was Angelique starting to love him? That would’ve been interesting.

As it is, this is the least gay of all the theatrical Hellraisers. John Wayne!

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