Hellraiser Reboot Now Stuck In Limbo

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the inevitable reboot of the classic 1987 horror movie Hellraiser. Last March, we reported that it would be a reboot rather than a remake and that it would draw both from the ’80s film and Clive Barker’s original novel, The Hellbound Heart.

Dimension – the studio behind most of the Hellraiser films to date – has been attempting to get a new version of the franchise in theaters for years now, trying to find the right people to bring an updated version to a 21st century audience.

Many writers and directors have been attached to the Hellraiser reboot, from Pascal Laugier (director of the shocking French horror film Martyrs) to the duo Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw franchise, The Collector) and most recently Christian E. Christiansen. Discussions had been ongoing with the latter for some time, but they have apparently fallen through.

So what seems to be the problem? Well, the studio is apparently being very picky about who they want to write and direct this new version of Hellraiser. Basically, they’ve been chasing the hottest new writing and directing talents, testing their visions out and then moving on to someone else if and when the ideas don’t match up to what the studio has in mind. One insider described the situation like this: “It’s a ‘they know it when they see it’ kind of thing… It’s a small needle to hit, no pun intended.”

Evidently Dimension cares a lot more about the relaunching of Hellraiser theatrically than they care about the straight-to-DVD versions. Despite this new theatrical version being stuck in limbo, there’s a new straight-to-DVD version, Hellraiser: Revelations, on the way from director Victor Garcia. Including the Revelations, the total count of Hellraiser films is nine – four theatrical and five straight-to-DVD.

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Some of the Hellraiser straight-to-DVD movies

Reportedly Revelations became a priority for the studio when it fell into danger of losing the rights to the Hellraiser franchise. In that way you can look at Revelations as a sort of holdover movie until the studio can sort out this theatrical version, which I can only speculate will be as much of a success as other recent revivals of ’80s horror properties like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Piranha 3D.

Unlike some other classic horror properties I’m not too bothered that they’re making a new version of Hellraiser. To me it would greatly benefit from modern technology and would work just as well in today’s movie going times as it did more than two decades ago. My only concern is that they get the classic horror icon Pinhead right. He’s such a great character and pinning (pun intended) his look and presence down to a “T” is absolutely essential if a reboot is ever going to work on the big-screen.

For now, the Hellraiser reboot is stuck in development hell but that doesn’t mean it won’t ever work its way out sometime in the (near?) future. More on the reboot as news comes out.

Source: Heat Vision

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  1. why dont they just do more adaptations form his other books like The Thief of Always? this reboot crap is really getting way out of hand

    • I would like to see a filmation of Imajica. Prolly would be too expensive tho, and too unknown among the general public.

      Anyways, several of his other works could work very well as movies. I always felt Hellraiser (and the follow ups) was among his weakest books.

  2. Does anybody remember the 80’s when remakes came every several years as opposed to every week. Ah, the good ole days.

    I’m not much of a fan on Hellraiser. The first is over-rated IMO, but the second was great. However, after ‘Hell on Eart’, I lost all interest in the series.

  3. I hope it’s done right

    The first one scared the crap out of me when I was a kid

    The sequels were garbage

  4. Pinhead is essential to any reboot. Why not continue casting Doug Bradley. The combination of look and voice is something nearly impossible to replace. I couldn’t imagine anyone looking like him and sounding like him. Those were two of the greatest attributes of that fantastic character. Personally, I wasn’t impressed with the original Hellraiser because it only had a few minutes of footage of Pinhead, the one we’re really interested in. I’d rather have a feature film dealing primarily with his character, and the entire backstory using all that CGI has to offer these days accompanied by a fantastic script writer. In horror, there are many who’ve tackled traditional roles. So far, there has been only one Pinhead, and it ought to remain that way. Doug Bradley ought to play the character.

    • People said Englund couldn’t be replaced as Freddy Krueger, but JEH did an amazing job (IMO). Any actor can be replaced, but some are more difficult than others.

      • I’ve seen them both and while JEH did well, the voice was off, as was the look. It’s easy to fake Jason or Michael, but it’s different when you have a face and voice you have to match. I think the reason it’s important to match Doug is because he’s the primary reason we’re all interested in a reboot to begin with. We want to see what they can do with modern CG and a great script crew. I’m not saying it’s impossible to replace Doug, but I also haven’t been given compelling reasoning as to why we shouldn’t have the very actor that made us want to see more of the character to begin with. Give us the new CG. Give us the new script writers. Give us a deeper story line (okay, pun slightly intended) and give us the actor that entirely freaked us out the very moment he walked into frame. That very actor is Doug Bradley, and if he’s available, they ought to use him.

  5. Pinhead will now become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone..

  6. So let me get this right. The studio has trouble finding “the right” writers and director, but has no trouble getting a writer and director for Hellraiser: Revelations?

    What?! You mean I did understand that correctly?
    Well, then. No more outta me…

  7. vin deisel would make a good pinhead

  8. They have to nail this one on the head.
    They have to reach a point where they have the sharpest people for the job.
    They may end up hammering away at it until it works.
    It needs to be a cut above the rest.
    I doubt they will slash budgets on this one.
    I hope they get the actors dead-on.

    • LOL agreed.

  9. that studio lost touch with hellraiser a long time ago. while the sequels were entertaining , they failed the fans in the fact that they were a 90 minute riddle with 10 seconds of pinhead. less pinhead does not make a good hellraiser movie..the movies need sweat and gore and cenobytes.. seedy dirty individuals doing bad things for pleasure. i have great ideas and such sights to show you.

  10. Yeah the original movies weren’t great, and while I’m not condoning all these horror movie remakes, Hellraiser could definitely use all that modern technology has to offer. But I agree with the fact that the problem with the movies were the movies themselves and the fact that they didn’t show enough Pinhead. I don’t see any modern actors pulling off what Doug Bradley did.

    • it’ll be a PG-13 remake watch and see lol

  11. Hellraiser is a franchise that needs a serious REBIRTH rather than reboot or remake. When I first saw it back in the late 90’s for the originals I thought the effects could use some of today’s technology to make it even better. There were those shots of Hell and how the lament configuration turned into this giant diamond shape tower of doom that wasn’t convincing. Even though the imagination was there the effects could use some power.

    I saw hurry it up and I can’t wait to see this in the THEATERS!

  12. I agree with above, i would love to see nightmare and hellraiser rebooted with doug bradley and robert englund with new female leads. Even better would be to have barker direct or craven with a huge budget.
    What caused both these franchises to collapse is removing the original score, christopher youngs hellraiser score wich was watered down and dropped after 2 was terrific. Franchise makers need to realize that
    a great sequel feels like an extra two hours of the first movie and when you drop music it disconnects. all these franchises wouldnt suck that drop
    original music (star trek (after dropping goldsmiths/horners music), terminator (sucks after dropping fidels score), bond (after dropping barry), etc.). MUSIC is 89% of a film, especialy horror movie.
    Imagine jaws or the original psycho without thier music.

    revelations was an abortion for hellraiser as much as the nightmare reboot without robert. voicework makes a villan work.
    I’d get excited about these remakes if they didnt have lame mtv only directed videodirectors and hired someone like john carpenter or something
    that has experience making great movies of the selected genre instead
    of cheaping out with unkown silly 20 year old hack directors.

    I personaly prefer hellraiser I, II and 4 (bloodlines wich is almost a prequel for 1 and 2) and thats it and nightmare 1 and 3 and freddy vs. jason.