I mentioned the other day when talking about a director's cut for Nightbreed that I really dig Clive Barker. I have to say that the original Hellraiser rates up there as one of the true classic horror movies. It was a simple movie that didn't need tons of the Hollywood glitz to tell such a good story. The sequel wasn't too bad but kind of took a different turn. The third, with the Cenobite that had CDs embedded in him...I didn't really care for that. After that, I found it hard to keep up with the various other Hellraiser movies, despite or because of my love for the original. I still keep a Pinhead action figure on my desk at home, along with my Lament Configuration (which Red L.A.M.P. refuses to even touch).
These days it seems that just about every horror movie is getting remade. For some movies, it's a good thing. I wouldn't mind a remake of Hellraiser just to start things over. Even though I haven't seen most of the sequels now, I think they may have strayed too far from what the story should be.
The last word was that Dimension Films was working on a remake with Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) as the director. Turns out, that is no longer the case. According to Clive Barker's Twitter account:
"Pascal Laugier is regrettably no longer on the Hellraiser remake. I think Martyrs is extraordinary," Barker said on Tuesday. "I don't know much more. I mean why would anyone tell me? I mostly discover these things here or through friends who still buy the trades." Barker adds: "Sorry, did that sound cynical? Yeah? Good."
That's too bad. While I'm not usually too keen on the remakes, the fact that Barker approved of Laugier directing it gave me hope. Who knows what will happen now.
Would you want to see a remake of Hellraiser? Do you think it should just be left as it is? Could you imagine someone else playing Pinhead or would that be unheard of?