Patrick Lussier Talks ‘Hellraiser’ Reboot & ‘Halloween 3D’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am,

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It was announced back in October that Patrick Lussier would direct the long-gestating Hellraiser reboot and that his My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry 3D collaborator Todd Farmer would write the script.

While their involvement was seen as an improvement over the Weinsteins’ previously rumored “teen-friendly” approach, the duo’s past work didn’t do much to alleviate the skepticism surrounding the project. Hellraiser fans have been quick to point out how different the series is from the other 80s slasher franchises it continually gets lumped in with.

So while there’s little doubt that Lussier and Farmer can deliver a film that’s suitably gory, there’s still some concern that the thematic substance of Clive Barker’s original film will be lost. Are the Weinsteins really invested in updating Hellraiser‘s mythology or are they simply interested in an audience’s recognition of its imagery?

We’re still a long way from a definitive answer to that question, but Cinematicals recent chat with Lussier might ease your apprehension just a bit.  He assures fans that he doesn’t intend to deliver something that’s merely a big-budget retelling of the first film:

“One of the things we didn’t want to do… We think Clive’s film stands on its own. We think it’s brilliant and it made such a specific, dark vision at that time unlike anything that had come before it. So going to do just a remake of his movie but with more money is not something we wanted to do. We wanted to work within the ‘Hellraiser’ lexicon.”

More importantly, Lussier suggests that even though the Hellraiser reboot has gone through dozens of interpretations, the answer of how to best approach it was always right there in Barker’s film:

“We want to pull from the world that Clive created. Specifically that’s what we wanted to do. In that original film he opened so many interesting doorways and opportunities that that’s what we want to explore– always keeping in mind what he had done and how he did it and just working within that world.”

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It would be difficult to argue that the Hellraiser series has been stuck in something of a downward spiral – a process that was greatly accelerated by its  straight-to-video sequels. Lussier indicates that it’s essentially the earlier films he’s looking to for inspiration and that instead of telling smaller stories, it’s time to really open up the universe Barker created:

“If you’re going to make a ‘Hellraiser’ movie… you’re basically looking at a franchise that went from Clive’s movie up to the ‘Hellraiser’-in-Space movie, ‘Bloodline,’ which had some great stuff in it, actually; the way it goes backwards and forwards in time, and Angelique is such an interesting character … The thing is, it went on to do 4 or 5 sequels that were all smaller in tone and scope, so the idea was that if we’re going to do it, let’s be epic. There’s a part of this world that we’re never allowed to see because there’s never been the resources to show it, so let’s show it.”

This actually sounds pretty similar to the approach Pascal Laugier was hoping to take when he was attached to the film. I’m still somewhat disappointed that we’ll never get to see his version, but Lussier is certainly talking a good game here. At the very least he demonstrates an understanding that there’s more to the franchise than its iconic visuals.

You might remember that before the Hellraiser reboot, the Weinsteins asked Lussier and Farmer to take charge of Halloween 3D – a follow-up to Rob Zombie’s somewhat controversial remake of Halloween and its sequel. The last we heard, the Weinsteins had decided to hit the brakes on that version and were accepting new pitches for the film.

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Regardless, Lussier remains hopeful that he’ll still get a crack at Halloween 3D – he’s just not sure that it’s even still being developed:

“You’d really have to ask Dimension Films and Bob Weinstein. We were very excited about the script we wrote. Malek Akkad was very excited about the script we wrote. We loved Malek and we’d love to make the movie with him, but that’s up to the grown-ups who are above our pay grade, so who knows. I am frequently surprised by whatever happens next.”

I’ll admit that I think Lussier and Farmer seem better suited to tackle a Halloween sequel, but it’s understandable (and encouraging) that the Weinsteins want to take their time rethinking the direction of that franchise. If the Hellraiser reboot turns out to be a success, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the duo gets another shot at Halloween 3D.

For more of Lussier’s thoughts on Hellraiser and a lengthy discussion about Drive Angry 3D, be sure to check out the full interview.

Source: Cinematical.

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  1. I want Halloween 3 not Halloween 3D.

    • nill nighy was good but the guy that played loomis schould have been scringeour!!!!! he would have OWNED IT!!!!

      • LMAO a bomb that was random. But i agree he shouldve played Scrimgeour how bad ass would that be?

  2. How about a reboot of the reboot of Halloween since I HATED Rom Zombies Version of Halloween AND Halloween 2, both movies were garbage, though I did like the updated theme music but THAT was it.

    • I loved the remake. I hated the sequel. I wonder how they would do Halloween 3 since the girls crazy and Michael was stabbed countless times.

  3. A reboot and 3D…. two things I can’t stand about movies these days.

    • So you wouldn’t like it if our website went 3D? Even if no glasses were required? :-P


      • Vic that would be awsome!

        • Rickster,

          It will be sorta kinda going 3D – hopefully this weekend. :-P


          • We shall see… :P

  4. I only liked the first 3 Hellraiser films, but wasn’t a big fan of the franchise neither. I know i didn’t like the straight to dvd sequels. As for Zombie’s Halloween films- I liked the first film cause the first half of it was interesting before the 2nd half came to be like the oringinal Halloween film. Halloween 2 however i didn’t care for. Hospital sequence was lousy & hated how Loomis turned out to be. Donald Pleasance probly rolled over in his grave about his character was played out. If they make a Halloween 3, i hope its heck of alot better than the 2nd film was. I don’t think it needs to be 3d but id still see it anyway probly.

  5. I am a fan of Hellraiser and I don’t have goo feelings about it.
    I hate reboots of movies that were a great franchise and get ruined
    (A Nightmare On Elm St)
    like we really need to see a new version of a movie classic.
    I do wish they would just cancel the movie reboot.
    I see it is not neccesary unless the original was a disaster. (not by bringing in the money)

  6. I love Hellraiser, even the low budget sequels up until the last two. I have never been a fan of the Halloween movies so I loved Rob Zombies take on the first movie. The sequel was just wrong on so many levels and its sad because I am not sure what went wrong. Part of me wants to say that Rob sabotaged it. He never had any intentions on making a sequel and he must have been obligated by contract? hmmm. If they do make a sequel they will probably drop Mike Meyers completely and go with his sister as the new killer. It would be nice, a new franchise, a new killer for a new generation? I just want to see Scout Taylor Compton become a thrasher icon and I don’t want them trying to “fix the past” or repeat it.

  7. o god nooo not another horror 3d movie

  8. halloween 3 wouldn’t work because myers is pretty much filled with lead at the end of #2. imo the zombie versions where good, they had the tone and maturity that modern horror movies fail and some scene even made me think ‘enough man the guys dead already’ which is a rare thing for me, thus meaning he created tension amongst scenes and made most viewers feel the intensity of the situation at hand.

  9. If Zombie had created an original character instead of reinventing Michael Myers, his film might have been more effective. To me it felt like he wasn’t at all interested in Myers as a character (the way he’d previously been presented I mean). Zombie has a very obvious admiration for the Frankenstein-type monsters that have some pathos and humanity to them. You can see that in the way he details Michael’s origins. But Michael Myers actually works better as a two-dimensional character.

    In the second half of the film he’s rushing to hit all the important beats of Carpenter’s original and it feels like it’s out of some sense of obligation and not because he’s at all captivated by that part of the story. If he had been doing his own thing and wasn’t restrained by the fact that it was a remake and the audience had certain expectations, the film would no doubt have spun off into a wildly different (and likely more interesting) direction.

    That was just a bad match of filmmaker and material IMO. Zombie’s sensibilities are really at odds with what makes Halloween work as well as it does.

    I know people love to hate on him, but I think he’s legitimately pretty creative and a decent director. As for his screenwriting skills… well, not so much. I’m really hoping that at some point he directs something he didn’t write. I think the results might surprise a lot of people.

  10. I absolutely love Hellraiser, and on top of the exquisite suffering WITHIN the film, I always thought it suffered from a lack of technology. Mr. Barker created a world so vivid and well-described with The Tell Tale Heart, and I always thought about what it would look like in the context of a modern film with boundless tools to bring it to the screen. I’m not talking about 3D, screw that. I’m just talking about the tools available to filmmakers now as compared to the 1980′s, and at a low budget on top of that. I have no problem with the reboot, as long as the world depicted fits the mythos established. It’s a balancing act, but Pinhead and the Cenobites could have a welcome return to the big screen if done right. Perhaps Clive can be involved in this new production?

    • Oops, I meant The Hellbound Heart. Sorry, had Poe on the brain!

  11. I think better questions to this article is; Why is there interest in rebooting Hellraiser? Would Halloween 3d do anything different on screen that My Bloody Valentine didn’t?
    I loved Zombie’s exploration of Myer’s origins, and the idea of H3d is boring. I respect the new version of MBV cause I honestly didn’t even know it was a reboot until I read about it on screenrant. Future reboots should be about rebooting a movie that is unknown to the mainstream and presents interesting new possibilities based on the original’s premise. What more is there to explore in the Hellraiser universe?

  12. I personally think H3D sounds like crap okay first of all let me say that i am completely against ruining Rob’s work with a sequel done in 3d it makes no sense to do it in 3D i mean i know it’s all the rave these days but come on now just give me Halloween 3 if your going to do a sequel second if your going to go about it pick a better director and writer i don’t trust lussier and farmer with this movie maybe they might do a good job with rebooting Hellraiser but i say keep them the hell away from Halloween the weinsteins need to wake up try to get Rob back onboard if your going to continue where he left off Rob’s films were amazing the haters can hate all they want on Rob but he made this franchise better think about all the sequels before Rob’s remake and after the 1981 Halloween II they all sucked alot of people didn’t like H2 but i just think it was misunderstood i personally liked it more then his first I want to see Scout Taylor Compton back so much because not only is she hot but she’s a great actress but come on 3D give me a break.

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