Remakes of horror films are a dime a dozen and news of their arrival shouldn’t shock anyone at this point, but there always seems to be a backlash against them when they are announced. Well, you can add Hellraiser to the long list of horror classics getting the reboot, but before you get twisted, the news isn’t as bad as it seems.
The first sign of hope with the remake is Clive Barker, the creator of the 1987 original film will return to write the new installment. Second is Doug Bradley, the man who played the iconic Pinhead, will return to lead the cenobites in the remake. If you’re not sure who Pinhead is, he’s the guy in the picture up there, AKA the guy who loves to tear your soul apart.
News came from Barker’s Facebook page, where he seems very happy with the progress, “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.”
Doug Bradley and Clive Barker
News of a remake has been circulating for awhile now and there was even the awful direct to video Hellraiser: Revelations in 2011, which blatantly was missing Bradley as pinhead. However, with Clive on board I’m sure Dimension and The Weinsteins will put a lot more effort into getting the project off the ground. One major component that hasn’t been announced is who will direct… maybe Clive again?.
As for Bradley’s return to the role of Pinhead, Barker had this to say, “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.”
One last plus for the remake comes from Barker as well. According to him the remake will be opting for practical effects over CGI, which is great news to us. Now if we could get them to revive some of those matte paintings from the original, we’ll be in business.