In this fourth gripping installment of the Hellraiser series, we are treated to the story of the Lament Configuration (or Lemarchand's Box or whatever you call it). It involves demons, Pinhead, some French people, architecture and outer space. Pretty good deal.
This film is my favorite in the Hellraiser series. By itself, there is not much going on. I can understand why many think this film is weak. If I just watched it without the entire series, I would be like, "what the heck?" But I think this really ties the first four films together, explaining how everything fits.
I have read reviews that say the film is inconsistent and that it does not line up with the other films. I say hogwash. The film makes perfect sense. And it lines up with the others just fine. I guess you could say things like "how did the box get from x to y", but I think it is pretty clear. The French guy had it, then it went into circulation, then the Cottons had it in parts 1 and 2, then the news reporter in part 3, and she buried it in the cement where it was pulled out this time. What is not to understand?
I could say the space aspect was cheesy. Leprechaun has been to space, and later Jason Voorhees went to space. Others probably did, too, that I cannot think of offhand. But unlike Leprechaun, this made sense... it was actually central to the plot and could not have been done on Earth in any conceivable manner. So the space thing is not so bad.
As I mentioned in my review for "Hellraiser 3", I dislike how writer Peter Atkins introduced new cenobites. This movie has more, including twins and a former demon (which really makes no sense to me). What determines who becomes a cenobite? Pinhead? Maybe this will be explained in a later film, but probably not, and it is not really explained here.
The director disowned this film due to massive re-shoots he had no part in. I, for one, would love to see his version. While I have already said this is my favorite, perhaps the other is something worth checking out. Also, it would stifle some of those critics who think it was reassembled as a senseless pile of bangers and mash. I disagree with those critics and would love to see them eat their words.
After seeing parts 1 and 2 (and presumably 3), watch this. Do not listen to the nay-sayers. If you want to know how the whole Pinhead, box and whatnot started, this is the film to explain it to you. (You might ask how Pinhead got out before the box was created, but you would be silly, because he was not born yet.) I support this one and you should, too.