Atkins pointed out that a complete version of his screenplay still doesn’t exist. In a 2021 interview with Bloody Disgusting, the screenwriter pointed out that Yagher only shot about 90% of the movie he wanted and, even then, it hardly included everything in the original screenplay. Those hoping for a larger, Snyder-cut-esque version of “Bloodline” may be disappointed by the new Arrow Video release. The workprint is just that: a workprint. It’s not a “director’s cut” in the traditional sense.
It will be, however, as complete a version of “Bloodline” as we will ever see, and that’s not nothing.
As stated above, the theatrical cut is actually a perfectly watchable movie. Despite all its troubles, “Bloodline” is still a sight better than “Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth,” which altered the nightmarish qualities of the first two “Hellraiser” movies into a pat, silly American slasher movie.
Clive Barker’s original “Hellraiser” remains a classic, hefty with mythology and mature themes of lust and sexuality. The Cenobites are not bloodthirsty monsters, but austere sexual doms eager to tear apart eager, consenting subs. In Tony Randel’s surreal “Hellbound: Hellraiser II,” easily one of the best horror films of the 1980s, Barker’s sexual themes were expanded into psychological obsession. “Hell on Earth” dropped all the hefty thinking and replaced it with dumb kills and Cenobites made of compact discs and cocktail shakers. It turned the series into a rote slasher. One can admire that “Bloodline” stepped in to clean up the mess and justify some of Pinhead’s out-of-character behavior from part III.
“Bloodline” is, by personal estimation, the third-best “Hellraiser” movie, and audiences will finally have the chance to see its complete (ish) version for the first time. A little bloody treasure has been exhumed.