It's the year 2127. Pinhead, the evil cenobite of the series, has found himself on board a space station in outer space, run by scientist Dr.Merchant. Dr. Merchant's mission is to close the gates to hell forever. Because his ancestor, a toymaker in the 18th century, built the evil puzzlebox that opens the gates to hell. And through the generations, the family of the bloodline has tried to stop it. But now, Dr.Merchant has built the reverse box. The box that will close the gates to hell instea
Pinhead returns with expanded scope and reduced budget. This fourth instalment in the Clive Barker-created series is set on a space station in the future with flashbacks to 18th century France and 1996 New York.
Pinhead looks and sounds sillier than usual, stooge characters get offed by hooks and chains and there's an unimpressive demon dog. The script is non -existent and the plotting is completely absurd. For die-hard Hellraiser fans it may at least be a fun jaunt but to anyone else it's just hard to watch (and not because of the gore, which looks cheaply done).
At barely 70 minutes long, this still manages to stammer and stall between the meaningless atrocities. It's time this series met Abbott and Costello.
Let's hope it's the end of the bloodline for this series of films.
Reviewed by Kim Newman