In news that has shocked and surprised some horror fans, the first Hellraiser movie in five years is about to start shooting this month. And it will star an iconic genre actress. But perhaps most disappointing is that Doug Bradley will not be reprising his legendary role as infamous Cenobite Pinhead.
This new Hellraiser is not the long rumored remake, and Clive Barker is not involved on any level. The script comes from make-up artist Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who will also be directing. This latest sequel follows 2011's Hellraiser: Revelations, which Doug Bradley also refused to participate in. It was A Nightmare on Elm Street actress Heather Langenkamp that broke the initial news to horror website ScareTissue.com. From out of nowhere, she dropped the bombshell that she will have a cameo.
"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."
Heather Langenkamp then went onto confirm that Gary J. Tunnicliffe will be the man responsible for resurrecting this long dormant horror franchise. She has nothing but praise for the script. Though, no story details are being revealed at this current moment in time. She went onto say this.
"It's Gary Tunnicliffe who did all the makeup for all these years. I think it's going to be pretty outstanding."
This new Hellraiser hasn't been mentioned anywhere else. And that's why some are so surprised that it is shooting this month. The big questioned that followed Heather Langenkamp's revelation is: Will Doug Bradley be back as Pinhead? And the short answer is no. But the man himself has a very long answer as to why he won't return. And it all has to do with a confidentiality agreement he refused to sign. Here's what he had to say on his Personal Facebook Page.
"Ladies, Gentlemen and Others. I gather word is beginning to spread about the new Hellraiser movie which is, apparently, already shooting. First, a point of clarification. This is the first time I have said anything about this. Anything else you have heard me say about any proposed Hellraiser film refers to the constantly rumored remake. And, for the record, I still know nothing about that. 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 rumors 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. People are starving to death in Syria and they're worried about me talking about a Hellraiser movie? Get a fucking grip. Can you say 'sense of proportion'? 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. And that's everything. Peace and Pain. Doug."
So, what do you think about this quasi-exciting horror news? Are you happy to see the Cenobites back on the big screen? Are you glad that Heather Langenkamp is getting more work? Are you disappointed and saddened that original Pinhead, Doug Bradley refuses to participate? Or were you looking forward to the straight up remake from the horror maestro himself Clive Barker? Sound off in the comments below.