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Hellraiser Revelations Revealed
It's Hellraiser 9, not a remake...

20 August 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Bloody Disgusting

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A Hellraiser remake has (rather appropriately) been in development hell at Dimension for years. Martyrs director Pascal Laugier was attached at one point, but the project still foundered. Now though, comes the surprising news from Bloody Disgusting that a new Hellraiser in the original series is on the way, in the form of Hellraiser: Revelations.

The first Hellraiser, was, of course written and directed by Clive Barker in 1986: the story of Kirsty, a mysterious puzzle box, the demon Cenobites and a Faustian pact. It introduced Doug Bradley's iconic PInhead to the world, and spawned seven sequels which increasingly appalled Barker (apart from part six, Hellseeker, which he quite liked). The last one was the completely dreadful Hellworld (made back-to-back with the not-so-bad Deader in 2005). And the rest was silence.

Bradley returned as Pinhead for every instalment (although sometimes in little more than a cameo), but BD have been told he won't be part of the stand-alone Revelations. Arguably, having to crowbar him into every film was sometimes a hindrance anyway: the comics and some of the sequels settled on the idea that it's the puzzle box that's the 'star' linking all the disparate stories. But it's a brave and possibly foolhardy team that wouldn't put the piercing fetishist in their Hellraiser. For better or worse, it'd feel like Elm Street without Freddy.

The Revelations screenplay is by make-up FX artist and long-term Hellraiser fan Gary Tunnicliffe (he worked on Wolverine and Drive Angry, and he's currently on Scream 4), and the director is Victor Garcia (Mirrors 2Return to House on Haunted Hill). The budget is low, but we're promised that won't stop the film going "balls to the wall". Shooting starts in September.

For our sins, we always hoped for more Hellraiser. But if the series teaches us anything, it's that you should be careful what you wish for...

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A lot of average films seem good when you watch them when you are young; this is one of them..and the memory of that can distort your opinion of such films. Hellraiser I saw when I was young (like high school time) and thought it was brilliant. Now, ofc, it is shit More

Posted by VijayUK at 18:12 on 21 August 2010 | Report This Post

Hellraiser 9
Pinhead is an excellent character, but his cameos in the Hellraiser films have become little more than a cliche. In some of the films he doesn't even appear to be threatening. If he doesn't appear in Hellraiser Revelations because the emphasis will be placed on the puzzle box, then thats brilliant news, the box was the scariest aspect of the films. Can't wait to see it! More

Posted by Swaine at 17:11 on 21 August 2010 | Report This Post

Gave up after III...
...Hell On Earth(?) Because it went all American. And therefore, shit. WOW! eight films? I hope Clive Barker gets paid for these. To this day, I still keep clear of certain areas of Muswell Hill. 1.) Because of Dennis Nilson. 2.) Because of Hellraiser, which was filmed there. More

Posted by wgfuzzydunlop1 at 06:32 on 21 August 2010 | Report This Post

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Posted by darko18 at 16:52 on 20 August 2010 | Report This Post

Apparently Doug hated half the sequels as well
he just signed on because he had grown so attached to the character. More

Posted by UnderTheLights at 15:19 on 20 August 2010 | Report This Post

Cenobites = Hellraiser
The empire link appears to be a bit out of date as it now says Pinhead will return in Revelations & Doug Bradley is still an option but unlikely. Anyway isn't Clive Barker about to kill Pinhead off once & for all in the Scarlet Gospels? More

Posted by sinj at 13:43 on 20 August 2010 | Report This Post

RE: hang on a sec
Another one?! I remember seeing a billboard for one in 1996 and wondered to myself just how many there were. I had known about Hellraiser and Pinhead for years before finally seeing the film in 1998 on FilmFour, and to be honest I was bored. I loved the idea of the Cenobites, but for the most part the film was based in an attic with not a lot going on. I did find the lead female quite freaky and by the time Frank had regenerated, which is what I was waiting for, he was torn apart by the Ce More

Posted by MarcE at 12:38 on 20 August 2010 | Report This Post

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