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 »
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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 »
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 »
Dimension can’t decide what it wants out of a Hellraiser remake. Over the past few years the company has attached at least three filmmakers or teams — Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside); Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast and the Saw series); and Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) to write and/or direct new takes on the original.
But all those teams have quit or otherwise moved on, and Dimension continues to dither over how to re-do Clive Barker‘s 1987 film for new audiences. But there’s a sticky rights issue, and you may have recently heard rumblings about a new film over the last week or so. That’s not the remake, but rather a direct to DVD film intended to keep the series at Dimension. Read More »
It seems that rasp-voiced cigar-hog Clive Barker has been posting to Twitter under the name RealCliveBarker, and posting good stuff too. In just the last few days, he’s managed to spark up two very interesting flames. First, the good news: It seems that all of the missing footage from Nightbreed has been tracked down, safe and sound, and a director’s cut is now a possibility. Now, the bad news: Barker has also reported that Martyrs director Pascal Laugier is off of the Hellraiser remake. More details on both of these stories after the break.
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Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced that they will be celebrating the 20th year anniversary of Hellraiser by releasing a new Hellraiser Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray Box Set on April 21st 2009. The new set comes in a box that resembles the Lament Configuration, the infamous box prop from the movie. The set includes both the 20th-anniversary DVD special edition of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II, as well as the brand-new Blu-ray version of the original Hellraiser, which comes in a “reflective foil slip sheet.” Now Available for preorder on Amazon for $53.99.
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Unlike Halloween and Michael Myers, I think it’s fair to say that most people can recognize Pinhead, but far, far less have ever viewed a Hellraiser film. The character’s highest grossing theatrical flick was 1996’s Hellraiser: Bloodline, the fourth installment, which cha-chinged $16 million in ticket sales. I count eight total films total, though several have been designated, unsurprisingly, straight to DVD. Truth is, these movies are a little icky like the word “moist.”
There’s still no word on whether the actor better known as Pinhead, Doug Bradley, will be back. Bradley ties Robert Englund for playing the same horror character eight consecutive times in a film. Who’s going to stop him now? Johnny Depp?
French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have been brought on to write and direct a Hellraiser remake for Dimension Films. The French duo just made a film called Inside, which AintItCool calls “one of the goriest and unflinchingly intense horror films that screened at FANTASTIC FEST.”
The filmmakers say they have the blessing of Clive Barker (who directed the original based on his acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart) to reappropriate his story and also had a playful message to any horror fans that were ready to trash the idea of a remake, “No tears, please; it’s a waste of good remaking!”
I think Hellraiser is ripe for a remake. I know as a child, I was always scared of pinhead, and the prospect of the franchise scaring a whole new generation of children kind of excites me. However, it should also be noted that Dimension was the studio behind Rob Zombie’s Halloween, which many agree should have never happened. Let’s hope this turns out better.