Clive Barker Rebooting ‘Hellraiser’ With Practical Effects & Original Pinhead Actor

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Kirsty Cotton fights a cenobite in Hellraiser Clive Barker Rebooting Hellraiser With Practical Effects & Original Pinhead Actor

It’s been more than a quarter of a century since Clive Barker’s classic horror movie Hellraiser was released, which according to our Hollywood clock means that its long past due for a reboot. This is one franchise, however, that has so far been surprisingly resistant to any plans for a remake of the first movie, with all of the attempted reboots so far having fallen through.

This has a lot to do with Dimension Films being very selective and cautious in its approach to the reboot, and to who should write and direct it. From Martyrs director Pascal Laugier to Drive Angry‘s Patrick Lussier, there have been plenty of names attached to the project, but so far they’ve had trouble sticking to it.

So, why should this latest reboot announcement be any different? Mainly because Dimension has now turned back to Barker, the author of the original novella upon which Hellraiser is based, as well as the writer and director of the original movie. In a statement on his official Facebook page, Barker announced that he has met with Bob Weinstein and been invited to write a script based on his latest pitch for a remake of the first movie:

“HOT FROM HELL! My friends,I have some news which may be of interest to you. A few weeks ago I had a very productive meeting with Bob Weinstein of Dimension Pictures,in the course of which I pitched a remake of the first HELLRAISER film. The idea of my coming back to the original film and telling the story with a fresh intensity-honoring the structure and the designs from the first incarnation but hopefully creating an even darker and richer film-was attractive to Dimension. Today I have officially been invited to write the script based upon that pitch.

What can I tell you about it? Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley, and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed.

“So once the papers are signed, I will open a Lemarchand Configuration, dip my quill in its contents and start writing. I promise that there will be nowhere on the Internet where the news of my progress will be more reliable than here ,because the only author of these reports will be Your Infernal Corespondent [sic] ,me.”

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There’s a lot in here to put horror fans on the edges of their seats. Barker hasn’t been directly involved with any of the movies made since Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and the return of the original creator could be just what the series needs to pluck it out of the straight-to-video nadir that it’s been caught up in lately. There’s also the promise of sticking with practical effects, which were particularly groundbreaking (and gross) in the original film, as well as Barker’s intent to involve Pinhead actor Doug Bradley, who elected not to appear in the most recent release, Hellraiser: Revelations.

In short, this is one reboot that’s worth getting excited for. It’s of course important to note that right now the deal is only to write a script, which isn’t a guarantee that it will end up on screen or even be directed by Barker, but said script might just be exactly what Dimension has been waiting for.

Tell us in the comments if you’re happy to hear that Hellraiser is going back it its roots, and which actor you think should play Kirsty Cotton in the remake.

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We’ll keep you updated on Barker’s Hellraiser reboot as it develops.

Source: Clive Barker (via ShockTillYouDrop)

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  1. This is Great News about Hellraiser.
    Now they need to make the Freddy vs Jason vs Myers film. And Robert Englund must play Freddy one more time.

    • I’d be all for seeing Freddy vs Jason vs Myers or any other combo of the 3 but I think that after the remakes of all 3 there’s a less than zero shot of it ever happening.
      Sure, all 3 did OK at the box-office but with Elm Street and Friday the 13th generally considered awful and Halloween only OK I think all three franchises are close to dead for now.
      Well, apparently there’s some life left for Friday the 13th with the talk of a found footage reboot but I doubt it will ever happen.

  2. Heard this news this morning, do it right god damn it!

  3. “Jesus wept”

  4. still love the original! and I really hope this pans out to be the real deal!

  5. Too funny, I was just today wondering when Hellraiser was due for its reboot. I gotta say though, if you are going to reboot, this is how you do it.

  6. Looking forward to it!

  7. I’ve never been a fan of the original Hellraisers because they’ve always seemed so dated, at least the first few. I think a reboot would spark an interest in me. I do agree with the practical effects though, horror movies should always use them.

    • The CGI blood and guts is nowhere near as fun.

  8. Looking forward to it…

  9. Get Fede Alvarez to direct it, he’d be perfect of this type of film.

    • good idea! he did an excellent job ruining evil dead and turning it into a silly and boring teen movie. let’s see if he can turn into s*** also hellraiser. then maybe he could get a predator remake. luckily for him there are tons of good movies that can get worst with a remake..

      • Why don’t you bring something to the discussion?

      • I saw absolutely nothing wrong with Alvarez’ Evil Dead. It did exactly what it was supposed to do as a horror film, and was by far the best horror film reboot so far.

      • Exactly. The tone of the Evil Dead movies was never silly before Alvarez came along.

    • I’d be ok with that but james watkins of the woman in black and eden lake fame is the man for the job.

    • He’d nail the brutality and the perverse and operactic quasi romance of the original.

  10. Hell yes.

  11. finally. a reboot that i can actually get behind. so happy that they want to go with practical effects as I thunk too much cgi (especially in horror movies) lessens the impact. and bradly IS pinhead. couldn’t imagine any other actor doing it justice

  12. Excited? This would be an understatement.

    I have followed Hellraiser since it first saw the light of day back … in the day.

    Here is an idea. What about telling a Hellraiser story that has two sides to it, like two sides of a coin, and the story is not complete without both sides? And what would the two sides to this tale be? Two Movies. One movie could show the story from a human perspective, and the other show it from the Cynobite perspective.

    I got a short story idea on this already…

  13. How can a writer remake his own movie? Its like Wes Craven going back rewriting Nightmare on Elmstreet like the first one never happened.

  14. I like Doug Bradley but seriously, he’s getting old. Sure, Pinhead doesn’t have any stunts but there will come a time when we need a new Pinhead, and not the one from Revelations.

    • Age has absolutely nothing to do with this sort of character. With all the make up he’ll be wearing it’s rather a moot point you’re making. It’s his personality & voice that was awesome.

  15. This is pointless and embarrassing for Barker, I dont want it to happen. Not because the original was great, it was good for its time but leave it alone or write a new chapter. The new Evil Dead was terrible stuff that borrowed cliches from horror movies from as far back as The Exorcist. I want to get excited but Barker is old and no longer inspired. He has has to retread old ground to make something original? If his name held any water at this point he would just make something original. Way to “Kick the dead horse” then clone it, then impregnate it, then baptize it, make it some oatmeal…you get the point

  16. YEEEEH No cgi b*******.

  17. So excited.

  18. Glad that Clive is getting to do this, but in all honesty Ashley Laurence made that film in the role of Kirsty. Finding another actress that can match her in these days of dough girls is going to be the main problem, One can only hope they do some serious british casting or it’s just going to end up as more American cheese…Happy Doug is back on board, older yes, but with all that make up no one will notice I’m sure

  19. If not Clive helming the project, I think Neill Blomkamp would be a insane cool director for the film, IMO..
    He’s certainly not afraid so show th’ splattergoods, and I’d bet he’s always wanted to do a super-creepo horror/gorefest shocker!

  20. This has potential to again redefine the genre.Keeping to practical effects and keeping cgi to a minimum is the way to go. Thank fully all previous attempts didnt pan out as it could have really fell short in a teen friendly Hellraiser world.
    Barker is at this point legend.I hope this pans out and time is taken to give this brilliant story the reboot it deserves.
    Of course the original is a classic and holds up well but a proper remake can reach the full potential of the dark world of the box to be opened and entered again by old fans and new alike.
    Thanks Clive

  21. Whoa….. Get it right….. According to Dougs own Facebook page he was never asked to be in Revelations…….. D9 some research before you write…….