Director Patrick Lussier & Writer Todd Farmer Talk ‘Hellraiser’ Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:35 pm,

Hellraiser is one of the most venerable franchises in horror movie history, something that Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer definitely knew before embarking on a reboot of the series. But rather than simply duplicating what Clive Barker did with the original film, Lussier and Farmer hope to bring something new to the franchise.

Since Lussier (director) and Farmer (writer) took over Hellraiser duties back in October, the duo has been adamant that their film would not be a teen-friendly PG-13 light-horror romp.

In a new interview with Shock Till You Drop, Lussier even says, “We had the contracts changed to specifically say we were delivering an R-rated film. The treatment we turned in, it was like, if you’re expecting a happy ending, stop reading now.”

In December, Lussier shared his thoughts on the original Hellraiser and explained how it would inspire the reboot. Lussier and Farmer again discussed how the original film, as well as the sequels, would influence their movie in the STYD interview. Specifically, Lussier and Farmer focused on expanding the universe of the Hellraiser films and drawing on inspiration from multiple entries in the horror series.

According to Lussier, the duo will keep their film “within the world of the box,” focusing on “what the box is and what the box does.” For Hellraiser neophytes, the box is the puzzle box that summons the Cenobites, including the infamous Pinhead. Farmer went on to say that a straight remake wouldn’t work for their film since, “Clive’s film is very personal,” and “that’s a difficult story for [them] to come in and re-tell.”

lussier farmer hellraiser reboot Director Patrick Lussier & Writer Todd Farmer Talk Hellraiser Reboot

Asking themselves how they could make their film different, Lussier and Farmer decided that their best bet would be to “go into the same world and see things you haven’t been able to see in the other movies.” In other words, expanding on some of the interesting elements from previous films to create a new version of the classic horror film that resonates in an equally effective way.

Lussier and Farmer’s current project is the pulpy revenge film Drive Angry 3D, which comes out this weekend. Besides that, the pair were responsible for My Bloody Valentine 3D. If you enjoy those films, or you’re a horror buff, I suspect you’ll want to see the new Hellraiser as soon as it comes out.

Personally, I’m  a bit skeptical of horror remakes and reboots. Sometimes they work, but more often they don’t. Let’s hope that the Hellraiser reboot is the latter.

Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. I love Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, so I’m sure they will do a great job. Can’t wait!

  2. That had to be a typo about the was craven thing right??.

  3. Another classic that’s being milked.

    I won’t bother with this,,,

  4. Ive seen the original one at least a dozen times if not more, I just love it. The last couple times I couldnt help think though, that alot of the effects are just bad lol. (this is one movie I truly enjoy that also has some reason to be criticized at the same time)

    Anyway, even with some cheap effects in the original, I’d rather they stay away from this if they dont capture that creepy gritty dark mood. If it’s going to be a glossy, toned down, teenie sci fi then it shouldnt be touched.

  5. They are really gonna have to create something unique within the original movie’s conceptual framework. Not much faith in that happening here.