Poor Pinhead. After enduring a terrible reboot, Hellraiser: Revelations
, the lead Cenobite's future has been uncertain after Dimension Films' slotted remake played musical directors. Martyrs
filmmaker Pascal Laugier
was the first name that circulated — and one that excited author and director Clive Barker
. Unfortunately, Laugier vanished from the project, which was then shuffled to My Bloody Valentine 3D
team Patrick Lussier
and writer Todd Farmer.
The duo had hoped to expand on the dark mythology about a puzzle box and sadistic cycle of torment, but their involvement also came to an end. Geek Tyrant
reports, however, that there may be hope for the horror franchise still. Last month, Paul Gerrard
(Wrath of the Titans
, Battle Los Angeles
) and Mike Le Han
(Mrs. Peppercorn’s Magical Reading Room
) created a teaser trailer to accompany their pitch for a new movie. They'll be sharing it with Dimension Films, along with a story outline and oodles of gory artwork. The website revealed:
"Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
With a crew of 47 and over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the chi/VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing the new Hellraiser box."
Gerrard and Le Han have given us a peek at some of the new concept art. While these images are in the early stages and still somewhat ambiguous, they do inspire hope for the series. The cave-like image has a Prometheus, origin tale kind of vibe, while another appears to show us the depths of (a space age-looking?) hell. There's also a rendering of the famous puzzle-box sequence. We see a shadowy Pinhead, which has us wondering how different the depraved creature might look.
Changing the character too much would be a big blow to the new film's success in our mind. Halloween and Friday the 13th have been rebooted, but they kept the appearance of Michael and Jason largely the same, maintaining the films' popularity. The recent Nightmare on Elm Street remake struggled with appearances more than its brethren, because Freddy doesn't have a mask to make things easier — but more important, he talks. Hellraiser: Revelations' Pinhead looked and sounded differently than moviegoers were used to, which didn't help matters. (Ugh, that film.) Chatter about the exclusion of longtime Pinhead actor Doug Bradley from the Dimension remake agitated fans and the actor, so we're curious to see if this new team of filmmakers will be bringing him — and his iconic voice — back to the movies.
Let us know what you think of the artwork below. Could this be a positive turn for the lagging franchise that fans adore? Visit Glen Southern's FX website
to get a feel for his work and imagine what the mysterious new puzzle box might look like. [Still by Stephen McGrath of MadDogGiraffe.com]