Well, this is apparently a thing that is happening. It sounds as though another sequel to Hellraiser is already underway, and that A Nightmare On Elm Street icon Heather Langenkamp will appear. This is unexpected…
Scaretissue interviewed the legendary actress about her new film Home, and the woman behind Nancy Thompson revealed that “I actually have an opportunity to play a small part in Hellraiser (The NEW Hellraiser). I’m so excited about it. I go next week to do the shooting…The script is amazing and that I got the part is something that I find incredible.”
The director is Gary Tunnicliffe, a make-up effects veteran who’s worked on every Hellraiser since the third film, as well as movies as varied as Candyman, Gone Girl, Blade and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Last we heard, Clive Barker was tentatively attached to direct a reboot (which has been floating around forever), so the news that another sequel is quietly being made does come across as another attempt by Dimension to hold onto the rights, much as they did with the shot-in-one-week Hellraiser: Revelations, which Doug Bradley turned down. So it’s hard to get too excited about Hellraiser 10…but it’ll definitely be nice to see Langenkamp again.
As for the plot, Bloody Disgusting did some digging and came across Tunnicliffe’s unsuccessful Kickstarter for his film Judgement, which is described on that page as Se7en meets Hellraiser. It’s about “a police officer’s pursuit of a serial killer who undergoes a final accounting of his soul by creatures of the underworld,” and it seems that this is essentially the plot of this latest movie.
They also quote a new Facebook post from Bradley, who clarified that he will not be playing Pinhead, and that Barker is definitely not involved.
“First I heard about this new film was around Christmas in a phone call from Gary Tunnicliffe, who was my make-up artist on Bloodline through Hellworld. Gary, you may recall, also wrote the screenplay for Revelations. He has written and is directing this new effort. I can also assert, contrary to some rumours I’ve already seen, that Clive Barker is not involved with this in any way, shape or form.
Gary said he would send me a copy of the script when he had completed a second draft, but before I could be allowed to set eyes on the precious document, I was required to sign a gagging order. This was a three page document preventing me from talking about the script ‘in restrooms’, ‘on elevators’, ‘in restaurants’ or ‘in cellular telephone conversations which may be overheard’. There was also dark reference to ‘people talking out of turn at conventions’. I read this thing in disbelief, and informed Gary I would not be signing it.
And that’s that. Clearly, I am deemed too much of a security risk to be allowed to read a Hellraiser script…Anyway, story short: a new movie is happening and I have nothing do with it. I was unable to make a decision about it because I was not allowed to read the script, unlike Revelations where I made a conscious decision not to do the movie based on the motives for making it and the poor quality of the script.”
Oof. So, you know, adjust your expectations accordingly.
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