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Pascal Laugier to bring Pinhead back

29 October 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Hellraiser remake has been trundling along for so long now that we were beginning to wonder if it would ever see the light of day – but that's all set to change, after French director Pascal Laugier signed on to the project.

Laugier – whose Martyrs caused controversy at this year's Cannes Film Festival because of its remorseless diet of violence – is in final negotiations to write and direct the movie, which of course is a remake of Clive Barker's wonderfully scuzzy and demented 1987 Brit horror, which introduced the iconic Cenobite, Pinhead.

If all goes well, Laugier will be roughly the 781st person to board the remake since Dimension first announced it a couple of years back. But it seems that he's closer than anyone to getting it made.

He'll set about rewriting the most recent draft of the script, by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who themselves retooled the script by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, who had also been set to direct.

They're gone now, and Dimension thinks it's found a perfect replacement in Laugier. For Martyrs is not only hugely bloody and violent, but it's also very much a spiritual/religious horror, and so he should be right at home in Hellraiser's twisted world of S&M, vengeful demons, flayed flesh and sinister puzzle boxes.

"This is a dream project for me," Laugier told The Hollywood Reporter. "I know Clive Barker's work very well, and I would never betray what he has done. Fans are expecting a definitive Hellraiser, and I don't want to take that away from them."

There are a few details that aren't forthcoming at the moment – will the remake be set in America, or Britain? (Although the original, of course, had identity issues, with several actors being overdubbed with horrible American accents to appeal to a wider audience...) What's Clive Barker's involvement, if any? And will Doug Bradley return as Pinhead?

More on this as we get it.

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Could be good
If Clive Barker is involved then it could benefit from modern special effects, but I loved the original. It had a great atmosphere and the effects were cleverly done pre-cgi. To be honest there are plenty of other Clive Barker stories that would benefit from a movie - Midnight Meat Train being a good example. The Books of Blood are oozing with great stories ripe for a movie version. More

Posted by IlanLerman at 20:51 on 24 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
I agree, I saw it at the IFI horrothon too, have you ever seen a crowd so shocked at the end of a movie?!! MArtyrs pretty much cured ny fear of scary movies, I know im never going to see anything scarier in my life, after about a week I came to the conclusion that its a brilliant movie! More

Posted by s02bf16c at 14:47 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
If the remake is to be helmed by the guy who made "Martyrs" then look out, audience. Having seen the latter at the 2008 Horrorthon in Dublin, I promised myself that in future I'd avoid anything directed by Pascal Laugier. One thing this man understands is how to make cinemagoers suffer. More

Posted by Terminus_Est67 at 16:30 on 03 November 2008 | Report This Post

this film best be good if it gets done, scared the crap outt of me when i was younger, but still, it wont be a hellraiser without old doug bradley More

Posted by benscaife at 09:16 on 30 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
If Doug Bradley returns then maybe. I'm sick of all these remakes, but it was said ages ago that Clive Barker wanted to update Hellraiser and make it look better. If Clive Barker is involved, which in the beginning he was, then this could work out ok. I know he said that Hellraiser was his baby, and he doesn't want it ruined More

Posted by dj vivace at 20:34 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

What's the bloody point!!? More

Posted by xtro at 19:32 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Pointless remake...
This was a perfect Brit horror antidote to the garish American slashers of the 80s, it offered something uniquely British and cerebral to the mix. I don't get why they want to remake it!! The austere music, great lighting, the plot revolving around a sick family system with demonic skeletons in the closet perfectly acted by Clare Higgings et al, Doug Bradley as nameless icon to match Freddy Krueger and, yes, the ropey but wildly imaginative SFX. Why would someone be so arrogant to presume they c More

Posted by Count Karnstein at 13:47 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

To be honest the special effects at the end of Hellraiser were terrible even for when it was released (the effects, not the make up), so if any horror film could actually benefit from a remake it's this one. More

Posted by skeletonjack at 11:45 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

I have to admit, I caught a clip of this the other night on Channel 4, and it does look quite dated now. Though it was a great film, it might benefit from a fresh look - in the right hands... More

Posted by dctuck at 11:07 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

Oh well...
...looks like all those horrors I used to watch as a kid are being ruined, and this is the latest. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 09:34 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

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