‘Hellraiser’ Remake Won’t Be Retelling Clive Barker’s Story

Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer offer new details on the upcoming film, stating that they won’t be trying to reinvent anything but rather tell a different story within the existing mythos.

Hellraiser remake goes for an all-new storyline
Hellraiser remake goes for an all-new storyline
During the rounds at today's Drive Angry press junket, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the men in charge of the upcoming Hellraiser Remake, offered new details about plotline of the upcoming movie. Lussier outlined the difference between certain horror remakes, and stated that they will not be retelling Clive Barker's story.

"I think the biggest thing is, and we talked about this a lot recently, is that we have no intention of remaking Clive's movie. Clive's movie is obviously not like remaking My Bloody Valentine, or Happy Birthday to Me, or Terror Train or Prom Night - those are all very specific movies at a specific time with a specific purpose. As fun as they are, and that's not to take away from them, they were clearly business ventures. Hellraiser, obviously, was not. It was a personal story for Clive and Clive is a true artist. It didn't feel right to us to retell Clive's story. That's Clive's story. At the same time, there have been a variety of Hellraiser movies and movies that play within the world that he created. And none of them have really gone behind the curtain of what that world is. So that was basically what we offered up to Dimension Films as something unique and different that stays true to Clive's originality, but, at the same time, pays no disrespect to it."

With that in mind, the duo described what is more suited to describe the Hellraiser film as a "reboot" of sorts, rather than remake.

"We're keeping it within the world of the box. What the box is and what the box does."

"Clive's film is very personal. That's a difficult story for us to come in and re-tell."

"To go in and tell the story of Frank and the family wouldn't be right. What we went in to pitch with at Dimension was to come at it from a different angle, but go into the same world and see things you haven't been able to see in the other movies. There have been so many films, how can we make this one different?"

In addition, despite online reports, the film will not be PG-13. Said Lussier,

"We had the contracts changed to specifically say we were delivering an R-rated film. The treatment we turned in, it was like, if you're expecting a happy ending, stop reading now."

Although Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer both have Halloween 3D and Condition Dead in the pipeline, the Hellraiser remake will most likely their next project.

Hellraiser was released in 2013. The film is directed by Patrick Lussier.

Hellraiser was released September 11th, 1987 and stars Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Anthony Allen, Leon Davis. The film is directed by Clive Barker.

Sources: STYD, Cinemablend
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Comments (17)

  1. Alexander Ferrugia

    The mindset these guys have to make the film seems very right, I will definitely see this film. I am happy they waited on rebooting this series so that mistakes from other franchises could be seen and learned from.

    3 years agoby @Alexander-FerrugiaFlag

  2. James D. Pruitt

    As long as the don't do a horrible job at re-telling this as Rob Zombie did with Halloween.

    3 years agoby @James-D-PruittFlag

  3. TheMime

    The Mime always thought this movie was disgusting......

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  4. RojoDiablo

    I thought the first one was the best for sure.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  5. Jakn

    I've never seen Hellraiser before.

    4 years agoby @jaknFlag

  6. WaltetW


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  7. WaltetW

    Cool! http://youtube.com

    4 years agoby @WaltetWFlag

  8. skywise

    I always loved the first 2 movies in this series and have to admit that even the bad ones have been guilty pleasures of mine. I am interested, but not hopefull as to what this could be.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. Billyboy

    music to my ears. definitely the right approach.

    4 years agoby @billyboyFlag

  10. bud2fresh

    This is good news happy to hear this.Hellraiser is still one of those storys that still give me tha creeps watching.Hard to find those kinda movies these days.

    4 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  11. WongFu

    I was concerned it was going to be a retelling at first but now with this news, it's changed my mind.

    4 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Horror movies should never have happy endings. This sounds like it could be a success

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Ledouchee

    @dan1 agreed. After hearing this, i'm interested.

    4 years agoby @ledoucheeFlag

  14. Messenger

    I'm really stoked for this!

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  15. Dan

    F*ck... I wasn't on board before with this reboot, but I like how they are approaching it. They seem to know the true atmosphere of the Hellraiser movies, stating that they aren't going for that PG-13 bullsh*t, and no happy endings. Good, cuz when I think of Hellraiser, I'm imagining a suffocating, nightmarish story that is seemingly inescapable. That is the mood the originals gave, and as long as they capture that, who knows what they could run with. Like the Spawn reboot, I'm interested to see how they'd portray Hell and its different dimensions the way the old ones did, and if they can't scare the sh*t out of people.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. incmob

    @brian... agreed. this is great news... and personally i would like to see it as a reboot and stay within the confines of clive barkers world then to give us a retelling of that particular storyline. That in itself is reason to have faith in this film. with all of the crapfest sequels that followed beyond hellraiser 2, it will be nice to see this as being taken more seriously than most of the remakes or reboots of yesterdays horror films... @brian, i also agree that the new NOES version would have been much better to just fully do a reboot, instead of trying to commercialize on the title. It had its moments, but most of them do. Hopefully hellraiser will get off the ground though, and they bring it to the screen sooner than later.

    4 years agoby @incmobFlag

  17. Brian

    Badass. I like the direction. Just hearing them talk about it the way they are, you can tell they respect it. I have some faith now. I wish I could only say the same about the guys who did the A Nightmare On Elm Street remake.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

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