REVIEW: HELLRAISER IV: BLOODLINE

CAST

Doug Bradley (Wrong Turn 5)
Bruce Ramsey (Killing Zoe)
Valentina Vargas (Faces In The Crowd)
Charlotte Chatton (Titanic)
Adam Scott (Krampus)
Kim Myers (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2)
Paul Perri (Freeway)
Pat Skipper (Demolition Man)
Louis Mustillo (Mike & Molly)
Phil Fondacaro (Sabrina: TTW)
Ellen Albertini Dow (The Wedding Singer)

kinopoisk.ruIn 2127, Dr. Paul Merchant, an engineer, seals himself in a room aboard The Minos, a space station that he designed. As armed guards attempt to break through the door, Merchant manipulates a robot into solving the Lament Configuration, destroying the robot in the process. The guards break through the door and apprehend Merchant, who agrees to explain his motivations to their leader, Rimmer.
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