To borrow a phrase, Hellraiser: Revelations, the ninth and most recent film in the Hellraiser series, was a disaster. It was made in three weeks for $300,000 and released quietly in 2011 with seemingly little regard in terms of quality or creativity. Why? Because rumor had it that Dimension Films slapped the whole thing together in order to hold on to the rights to Clive Barker‘s classic short story, The Hellbound Heart, and make a more straightforward, and profitable, remake to the original Hellraiser. Will it be different this time with tenth film in the series about to enter production? Who knows, but one thing’s assured: Doug Bradley will not be back as Pinhead.

This is not exactly a surprise. Bradley politely declined involvement in Revelations, and was replaced by Stephan Smith Collin as the body of Pinhead and Fred Tatasciore as the voice. For the upcoming Hellraiser; Judgement, Gary Tunnicliffe has cast Sin City and Super actor Paul T. Taylor as the new face of Pinhead, the iconic leader of the Cenobites, sadomasochistic demons that lure people into their hellish dimension through a puzzle box that offers them the ultimate pleasure in the ultimate pain. Bradley played the part in the first eight Hellraiser movies, from the 1987 original to the 2005 direct-to-video Hellraiser: Hellworld.

Bloody Disgusting went into further detail about Judgement and what Tunnicliffe, who has nearly 100 credits as a mark-up effects designer and three other features as director under his belt, has in store. The three main characters, a trio of detectives investigating a serial killer will be played by Damon Carney (The Veil, The Hitcher), Randy Wayne (To Save a Life), and Alexandra Harris (In the Shadows, The Veil). The new Cenobites will be played by John Gulagher, Diane Goldner, and Andi Powers, and the “final girl” from the original Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp, will play “the chain-smoking ‘Landlady’ who snorts obscenities to the police.”

Plot synopsis? Sure, you bet!

“Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world. Could the Judgment awaiting the killer’s victims also be waiting for Sean?”

No word yet on when the film might go into production, or when it might be released, but only one thing’s for certain: it won’t have to do much to be the best Hellraiser movie of the last two decades. Here’s hoping…

Source: Geek Tyrant

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