Never was a horror icon more tragically misused than Pinhead. With every successive Hellraiser film, past the ambitious 4th movie, Dimension Films proved what little regard they had for him and his fans. By the time the risible Hellraiser: Revelations farted itself straight to DVD, what little credibility Pinhead had was ground into the dirt. For a character with a rich and creative mythos behind him, this was a sinfully wasted opportunity. It’s an opportunity that SFX guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe is keen to take advantage of.
The trailer for his new Hellraiser movie, Hellraiser: Judgement, dropped this week, along with an assortment of gruesome stills.
There are a couple of points of interest in the trailer and stills for any die-hard Hellraiser fans. For one thing, the return of ‘The Chatterer’, a classic cenobite whose mutilated, horse-like face was first introduced to audiences in the 1987 original. There’s also couple of new faces in town, but with the overtones of ritual sacrifice and occultism throughout, it’s difficult to tell whether or not these are true cenobites or merely deranged cultists.
Tunnicliffe has hinted that hell contains many factions, of which the cenobites are merely one, so it’s also possible that these are demons of a different kind.
Even from these brief clips it’s clear that Pinhead is ballin’ on a budget, but that’s not necessarily something that should have alarm bells ringing. After all, in the original movie, Clive Barker conjured incredible sights and crafted a shocking story, but barely left a single, bare attic room.
Furthermore, less money usually means less studio interference, and for a character whom studios have repeatedly and egregiously misunderstood, this is probably a good thing.
The trailer presents us with a mixture of gore, fear and twisted eroticism, which indicates that the film is aiming to recreate the tone of Barker’s dark love-letter to BDSM. It’s certainly more than can be said for Revelations. Did we mention how much Revelations sucked?
For Pinhead’s 10th outing he’ll be tormenting three detectives attempting to solve a horrific murder. The film will include a cameo from horror legend Heather Langenkamp, and will also star Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, John Gulager, Mike Jay Regan, Diane Goldner, Andi Powers, Jeff Fenter, Helena Grace Donald, and Grace Montie.