hellraiser returns to our screens with a reboot-slash sequel to the popular horror entry.
clive barker hellraiser The saga is one of the longest-running horror franchises. Initially adapted and directed by the author himself from his own novel, “The Hellbound Heart”, in 1987, hellraiser it quickly became one of the genre’s staples. While slashers and serial killers ruled horror, the story of the Cenobites and their ruthless exploration of the limits of pleasure and pain stood out from the crowd. Pinhead, the central antagonist, became one of the most instantly iconic villains in horror movies and for good reason.
Studios have spent a long time trying to remake or restart the hellraiser saga, but all failed. However, this fall, just in time for Halloween, Hulu is bringing Cenobites back to life with director David Bruckner in R-rated form. hellraiser (same title as the first film in the series). Horror experts and novices alike should prepare for another descent into hell.
Here’s everything we know about the new hellraiser so far.
When is the Hellraiser release date?
hellraiser launches exclusively on Hulu on October 7. No word yet on international distribution, though it seems likely it will appear on Disney Plus outside of the US, like other Hulu properties.
What is the plot of Hellraiser?
According to the synopsis of IMDb (opens in a new tab)the hellraiser new version is a “reimagining” of the Barker franchise, focusing on “a young woman [who] must confront the sadistic and supernatural forces behind an enigmatic puzzle box responsible for the disappearance of his brother.” That description suggests that it will not be a direct remake of the first film or novel, both of which center on a sadistic man and his lover who kills people to resurrect him while his niece tries to stop both them and the Cenobites.
The Cenobites are the central antagonists of the saga, a series of interdimensional beings who work as guards for The Order of the Chop. They were once human, but were transformed into their grotesque bondage-inspired fetish appearances after opening the puzzle box they now care for. Cenobites are so far removed from their former humanity that they can no longer distinguish between sensations of pleasure and pain. When summoned by humans who open the box, the Cenobites take them, willingly or not, back to their home dimension and torture them for eternity.
the first three hellraiser The films follow a reasonably well-constructed narrative arc, with a strong focus on both the human Kirsty, whose devious uncle and stepmother helped usher in the Cenobites, and the main Cenobite Pinhead. After that, the franchise quickly turned into more traditional slasher fare that began quickly adapting unrelated scripts into hellraiser-Related stories, all of which greatly weakened the series and took it further away from its origins. The new hellraiser he seems eager to return to the simplicity of the original tale.
The first trailer for hellraiser is here, although it is more a preview of the title than anything else. We get the tiniest of spikes in our new Pinhead, accompanied by a font choice that many on Twitter compared to that of the Law franchise. Watch the full trailer here.
Who is in the cast of Hellraiser?
The unifying force in almost all hellraiser movie was Doug Bradley, who played Pinhead. This time around, the character is being played by Jamie Clayton, who you might recognize from Netflix. sense8 and Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q.
Clayton is one of the most prominent trans actresses working today and her casting is pretty perfect for the lead Cenobite. In the novel, the Cenobite (who is not actually named Pinhead until the second film) is described as having “the voice of an excited girl” and, like the other Cenobites, is “sexless”. The opportunity to reaffirm Pinhead as a queer character is exciting (Barker’s work is very queer-inclusive in a way that mainstream horror wasn’t at the time).
Starring alongside Clayton is Odessa A’zion as Riley, the heroine searching for her brother. She was most recently seen in the Netflix series. great army. They complete the cast Brandon Flynn (13 reasons why), Goran Visnjić (Eternal, emergencies), Drew Starkey (With love, Simon), and Hiam Abbass (Succession).
Who is the director of Hellraiser?
Director David Bruckner is in charge of this new version of hellraiser. Bruckner, a horror filmmaker through and through, made his solo directorial debut in 2017 with The ritual, an adaptation of Adam Nevill’s novel that follows five friends whose hiking trip in northern Sweden soon goes terribly wrong. Before that, he co-directed in 2007 The signal with Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry, about a world where people become murderers through a mysterious signal sent through their electrical devices. She also contributed to the anthology series. V/H/S. Its critical peak came in 2020 with the house of the nighta psychological horror that was nominated for two Critics’ Choice Super Awards.
the hellraiser franchise rivals Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street Y Hallowe’en in terms of longevity. In fact, it was the success of the most recent Hallowe’en reboot, directed by David Gordon Green, which has been cited as a reason Hulu greenlit and eleventh hellraiser movie.
Four of the above films earned theatrical releases, and the next six were shown direct-to-video. There are also comic book adaptations and related novels. A TV series adaptation by HBO and David Gordon Green is in the works, with Clive Barker on board as executive producer.
Here is the blackboard hellraiser Movies are where to watch them:
- hellraiser (1987) — Watch on Prime Video and Tubi in the US; shudder in the uk
- Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) — Watch on Prime Video, Tubi and The Roku Channel in the US; shudder in the uk
- Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK
- Hellraiser: bloodline (nineteen ninety six) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; currently not available in the UK
- Hellraiser: Hell (2000) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available via digital on demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Hell Seeker (2002) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available via digital on demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Dead (2005) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available via digital on demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Hell World (2005) — watch through the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available via digital on demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) — watch on Tubi, Vudu, Pluto TV in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK
- Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) — watch on Tubi, Vudu, Pluto TV in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK