Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) Recap & Ending Explained

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Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) aka Hellraiser 4 is the fourth movie of Hellraiser Franchise is directed by Kevin Yagher.  This movie mainly focused on the origin of the Lament Configuration.

Hellraiser: Bloodline Ending Explained

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The movie starts in 2127 in a space station.

Dr. Paul Merchant seals himself inside a room and controls a robot that is placed in another sealed room. Dr. Paul manipulates the robot to solve the Lament Configuration. He solves the puzzle. Suddenly the robot is destroyed, and Pinhead arrives in the room.

Upon breaking through the door, the guard’s arrest Merchant. He wants to explain his motivation to their leader. The guards agree and lead to their leader Rimmer.

The film flashes back to Paris, France, in 1796. During the seventeenth century, Phillip LeMarchand, a French toymaker, made the Lament Configuration on behalf of the libertine aristocrat Duc de L’Isle.

LeMarchand is unaware L’Isle’s specifications for the box make it a portal to Hell. LeMarchand watches as his assistant Jacques and uses a peasant girl’s skin to summon a demon through the box to deliver the box to L’Isle.

A terrified LeMarchand runs home, where he begins constructing a second box to counteract the effects of the first. LeMarchand returns to L’Isle’s mansion to steal the box and discovers that Jacques has killed L’Isle and taken over Angelique. She agrees to become his slave as long as he does not interfere with Hell’s wishes.

Following the killing of LeMarchand, Jacques informs him that his bloodline is cursed for opening a portal to Hell.

John Merchant, a descendant of LeMarchand, constructed a skyscraper in Manhattan in 1996 that resembles the Lament Configuration. After reading about the building in a magazine, Angelique asks Jacques to take her to the United States, so she can confront him.

Jacques refuses Angelique’s request, so she kills him since Merchant poses a threat to Hell. The merchant attempts to seduce Angelique, but she fails. To summon Pinhead, Angelique tricks a security guard into solving the Lament Configuration in the building’s foundation. Two hundred years in the past, she left Hell behind, but Pinhead represents a shift in Hell’s ideologies.

Pinhead is obsessed with pain and suffering while Angelique believes in corrupting people through temptation. They enter into an uneasy alliance to kill Merchant before he can complete The Elysium Configuration, despite their divergent views.

The anti-Lament Configuration would permanently close all Hell gateways by causing perpetual light.

In the beginning, Angelique and Pinhead worked together to corrupt Merchant, but Pinhead becomes tired of Angelique’s seductive techniques and threatens to kill Merchant’s wife and child.

Angelique is used to an abandoned life on Earth, so she demands nothing to conclude with Hell’s new fanatical austerity. She intends to force Merchant to activate the Elysium Configuration and destroy Hell, so she can be freed from its imperatives.

Her prototype is flawed, however. The merchant is killed by Pinhead, but his wife opens Angelique’s Lament Configuration, sending Pinhead and Angelique back to Hell.

Dr. Merchant is locked away in 2127 because Rimmer disbelieves his story. Pinhead and his followers, including the enslaved Angelique, have already been freed after Merchant unlocked the box.

They kill the sound crew of the ship after learning of Dr. Merchant’s intentions, save for Rimmer and Dr. Merchant, who escape. Using the Minos, Dr. Merchant can kill Pinhead and seal Hell’s gateway permanently.

The Minos is the final, perfected form of the Elysium Configuration.

While Pinhead and Rimmer board an escape pod, Dr. Merchant distracts him with a hologram. After shifting the station, he activates the Elysium Configuration.

The station transforms into a massive box by folding around a field of perpetual light produced by a series of powerful lasers and mirrors.

Pinhead and his followers are killed when the light is trapped within the box, ending Pinhead’s existence for good.


Original Title Hellraiser: Bloodline

Genre Gore/ Supernatural/ Horror

Runtime 1hr 25min

Original Language English

Directed by Kevin Yagher

Written by Bruce Ramsay, Valentina Vargas, Doug Bradley

Release date March 8, 1996 (USA)

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Cast of Characters

Actor/Actress Name Characters Name
Valentina Vargas Angelique
Doug Bradley Pinhead
Charlotte Chatton Genevieve
Bruce Ramsay Phillip

Read Hellraiser all movies recap,

  1. Hellraiser (1987)
  2. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
  3. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)
  4. Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
  5. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
  6. Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002)
  7. Hellraiser: Deader (2005)
  8. Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
  9. Hellraiser: Revelations (2011)
  10. Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)