Hellraiser, a franchise with more than 10 entries, is getting a reboot. While some sequels in long running horror series serve as direct continuations, this Hellraiser remake is doing something different. Director David Bruckner recently revealed that the new installment is "something of a small reimagining." Since the IP has a fantastical nature, it has allowed for multiple revivals. Each new version allows audiences to see the films as being standalone. Originally, the series debuted in 1987, and became iconic within the horror genre. It was based on the novella The Hellbound Heart from a year prior. Writing was done by horror legend Clive Barker.
While talking to SFX Magazine, with the words released by Games Radar, Bruckner described, "We can't say anything about it yet. But it is something that we are actively working towards, and it is a joy and a dream for a filmmaker like myself to dive into that world. All I'll say is that we are aiming to be as true as we can to the original material. [Clive Barker's original story] 'The Hellbound Heart' is also a primary source of inspiration, as well as the original film. But then it is something of a small reimagining and we are currently working on it."
Each installment involves a mysterious puzzle box that serves as a gateway to a dimension where demons called Cenobites torture and punish victims in disturbing ways. They seek pleasure from pain and suffering. Attitudes and feelings expressed by the Cenobites were recently parodied in a Season 5 episode of Rick and Morty. The main Cenobite named Pinhead, whose name quite literally describes his look, has become an infamous villain in the genre. He was not the main antagonist of the first entry, but became the franchise's lead bad guy. Some have compared him to Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger in terms of iconic status.
Most of the newer movies were straight to video. The reboot is going to stream when it makes its Hulu debut. While some might think that means a drop in quality, the expectation is for the reboot to draw a higher amount of attention than some previous titles. With a semi-reboot, there could be some interesting ideas to explore.
For fans of Clive Barker, there is plenty of projects to look forward to. On the film side, a new part of the Candyman franchise, directed by Nia DeCosta with Jordan Peele as a producer, is coming by the end of the summer. There is more than one title in the works relating to television. The director of another horror sequel, Halloween 2018's David Gordon Green, is working on a Hellraiser tv show on HBO Max. Additionally, another Barker story called Nightbreed, which was previously made into a movie, will have a television series created in the near future. That particular IP will involve Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Trick 'r Treat director Michael Dougherty. The latter received critical acclaim, and is considered on of the best horror anthologies of all time. Trick 'r Treat had its own scary villain called Sam, who on the surface appears to be a scary child with a brown mask and orange pajamas. He is hiding something far more sinister under the disguise. The potential is high for the show with the creative talent.