lol, that sounds awful. ....and emo-pinhead ftw.
it really is a shame too, because the franchise really did have a lot of potential at the start. 1 & 2 are classics; by 3 they were already feeling like a costume drama but passable thanks to doug bradley like you said. but the rest have felt like fake copies with painted-on knobs and no functioning parts save the walk-thrus by bradley.
i think it really comes down to a failure of writing, and of imagination, i guess. effects are important, but good writing, backed up by good direction and acting can make even the worst rubber-suit effects go unnoticed. [see most british sci-fi]
but now i want to get drunk and watch 1 & 2 back to back . total classics.
***just saw that ALL of these including the one being reviewed are on netflix streaming.