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As yet another HELLRAISER sequel is indeed on the way, the wonder continues to build in hopes that the film will deliver. At first it seemed as though this effort was just another studio rushing situation but as more was revealed about the movie, it looks as if this effort could be very interesting indeed.
We know that there will be no Doug Bradley or Clive Barker involved in the film. Taking on the iconic role of Pinhead this time will be Paul T. Taylor.
Speaking of Taylor, this new Pinhead recently spoke with AITH and while doing so, he revealed some hefty chunks of information about the upcoming HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT film.
On the script and what we can be expecting from this movie:
“The script is very reflective of the early works of Clive Barker, and I don’t mean just “The Hellbound Heart,” which is what it was based on. Books like “Books of Blood” and his early works. I think that when Gary was writing the script - he’s sort of a Clive Barker scholar I guess, I think he reads or has read anything that Clive has ever written because he absolutely loves Clive Barker and his work - so when he wrote the script it really had the flavor of Barker’s world that was created in the first film.
When this story starts we are at a place where it’s established that the puzzle box is obviously [introduced]. Everyone who knows HELLRAISER, the puzzle box is what it is, it’s a tool that we use. And to connect with the souls , to gather the souls, to punish or ravish or however you want to put it, the people who are seeking the experience. But over the years it has evolved into something more about punishment than I think anything else. Like, you are a bad person, I’m here to do my job, I’m going to… I don’t know, chop your head off for example. That happened in one of the later HELLRAISERS. Why is Pinhead chopping someone’s head off?? Because it was in the script. I mean, it was fabulous but it was like, well here is Pinhead in the basement with an axe and he’s going to chop someone’s head off. Okay. Not exactly S and M, it goes a little further than that.”
Taylor then spoke about what we will be seeing at the beginning of the HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT film:
“There is a conversation happening when it starts, and it’s between Pinhead and a new character. And it is about, okay, we’ve established this puzzle box and times have changed and we need to come up with some new methods. We need a new mechanism, we need something new. A tool we can use to do our jobs. And they are speaking from a place that is another region in Hell. It is sort of the offices I guess you could say. It’s not literally any of this, but how I see it. And they are working. They are at work. This is not them punishing anyone currently. So there is a new mechanism and can’t talk about that, but I’m just going to say that the puzzle box is always there. It’s not going to ever go away. If you don’t have a puzzle box in HELLRAISER, forget about it. So that is where we are it the world where Pinhead exists. That plane in hell where Pinhead exists.”
He then spoke of the main story from the movie:
“The main story though is always about the horrible humans. Main story is about a serial killer and these two brothers who are detectives and a female detective who joins them. They join forces to find this serial killer. And of course all the little HELLRAISER, dangerous stuff is happening underneath all that going on. It’s like the first HELLRAISER film. It wasn’t about the Cenobites, it wasn’t about Pinhead at all, he had like five minutes of screen time total. It was about this adulterous wife who was so full of lust and evil that she brought her dead boyfriend back to life who was the brother of her husband. It was a crazy, adulterous, murderous story. So it follows that same formula as it were, although I hate the word formula but it works for the HELLRAISER films. But the script is so good in telling that story and telling this new angle about Pinhead and the Cenobites, it’s a new development or new chapter as it were.”
Taylor then spoke about director Gary Tunnicliffe’s approach to HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT:
“On the set, the aesthetics that drove the work were the Davids’, and those being Cronenberg, Lynch and Fincher. That was Gary’s inspiration for the aesthetics of the movie. And some people who have seen it say that it feels like THE CELL and SEVEN mixed with HELLRAISER. “
Director Gary Tunnicliffe previously said of the film:
“All I can say is, the movie is finished. It’s edited – got sound and music, and it’s all done. There’s a trailer, which I just saw. There’s a poster, which is really fucking cool. It’s utterly brilliant. I hope to god they use it. It’s not a big Photoshop thing, it’s like a Drew Struzan picture. It’s lovely. But apparently they did see it and think, ‘We may do a limited theatrical on it.’ But I don’t know. They will release it when they see fit. It could be soon, it could be later. It could be theatrical, it could not be. I’m sure I’ll be the last to know.”
"Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of Horror that may not be of this world. Could the Judgment awaiting the killer’s victims also be waiting for Sean?"
Joining Taylor in the cast will be Damon Carney, who will play Detective Sean Carter, Randy Wayne plays Detective David Carter, Alexandra Harris plays Detective Christine Egerton, Jeff Fenter will play Karl Watkins, Helena Grace Donald will play Jophiel, Grace Montie is Crystal Lanning, and Heather Langenkamp will play a "chain-smoking ‘Landlady’ who snorts obscenities to the police."
With there being no certain date of release at this time, we will continue to bring you more on HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT as we hear it. as we hear it.