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Dimension Films spent a few years trying to make a Hellraiser remake happen before throwing up their hands in 2010, but now they’re gearing up to try again. And this time, they’re enlisting the help of the folks who made the original.

Writer/director Clive Barker has announced that not only does he plan to write the script, he’s also gotten the Weinsteins to agree to bring back Doug Bradley as villain Pinhead. Get all the details on this new iteration after the jump.

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The future has been bleak for the Halloween series. There was once a plan for The Weinstein Company to follow Rob Zombie’s two movies with a third movie, to be written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, but start dates and release dates for that movie have come and gone, and in general TWC seemed little interested in making a new film.

And now the Weinsteins won’t make a new Halloween, as the rights have been sold to another company. Bloody Disgusting reports that Platinum Dunes is taking up the rights to Halloween, and will produce a new sequel, or another reboot, or something. The nature of the intended project is unknown. Supposedly the new film will not be in 3D, and it will not use found footage, and the suggestion is that Lussier and Farmer are out, too.

Given that Platinum Dunes has already remade other major horror franchises (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) this is like collecting the final ace for a four of a kind. For them, at least. For us, given the way those other remakes went, it might look more like a bust hand.

After the break, Hellraiser goes to TV, and a comedy with a horror bent gets a remake. Read More »

There’s something incredibly exciting about the phrase “anything is possible.” Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo’s Mystery Movies.

Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won’t be announced until they’re in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations?

After two events in their hometown of Austin, Texas, the Mondo Mystery Movie hit the road for the first time ever featuring six different mystery movies over one weekend at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. What were the films? What did the posters look like? What was the experience like? And did the event live up to our wildest expectations? Find out after the jump. Read More »

It sounds as if the Dimension remake of Hellraiser has stalled out once again. Can’t pretend to be sad about that, really. The film has been an on-again, off-again thing for years as the Weinsteins try to figure out a way to bring Clive Barker‘s unsettling tale of family tension, physical limits and sexual horror back to the screen. A number of ‘hot at the moment’ horror talents have been attached, then fallen away after spending time developing the story.

Most recently Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry) have been attached to write and direct, but this week said it looked like their version wouldn’t happen. But you can see some concept art for the film they were trying to assemble. And it ain’t bad, or at least this Pinhead has something going for it. Check the gallery below. Read More »

Hellraiser: Revelations is the ninth film in the Clive Barker franchise. Yes, you read that right. Ninth. Since the 1987 original, which Barker directed, films with subtitles like Inferno, Hellseeker, Deader and Hellworld have all followed leading up to Revelations. This latest installment takes the story of an ancient box that unlocks the sadistic, other-worldly Cenobites and gives it a reality TV twist as a group of friends film what happens when they open the Lament Configuration, only to later have their parents discover the tape. Revelations is also the first Hellraiser to not feature Doug Bradley as Pinhead and that gives a great idea about what to expect when you watch this trailer below. Read More »

I’ve followed the development of a new big-screen Hellraiser — not the straight to DVD quickies that have defined the series for a few years — because while Clive Barker‘s 1987 film is a great piece of work, there is enough weight to Hellraiser that it could easily be spun into another film.

Dimension has hired more than one creative team, many of whom have jumped ship. But Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine, Drive Angry) were set to write and direct in October, and are writing a new Hellraiser script now, and they’re crafting something that isn’t quite a direct remake of Mr. Barker’s movie. Read More »

The story of the Hellraiser remake that has long been in development at Dimension just keeps taking new turns. Quite a few possible directors have been attached to the project in the past few years, and just this week there was a rumor that Christian E. Christiansen, recently in talks to direct, then supposedly off the project, was not only back on but ready to make a PG-13 version of the story. Cue a massive wave of fan disinterest at the notion of a PG-13 Hellraiser.

Whether in response to that backlash (highly unlikely) or just because things hadn’t actually been sorted out yet (far more likely) there’s a new report that My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D creators Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer will direct the new take on Clive Barker‘s horror landmark. Let me guess: it’ll be in 3D. Read More »

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When Clive Barker had the extradimensional Pinhead strike terror into the hearts of his victims with the now iconic line “We have such sights to show you,” I doubt a PG-13 rating is what he had in mind. But that appears to the direction that the Weinsteins are headed with their remake of Barker’s classic horror tale, as indicated by a recent report claiming they’re “looking for someone to make the franchise fitted for ‘teens’”.

Moreover, they have evidently found the guy for the job, and a leading gal as well. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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