Fan support for the upcoming 10th Chapter in the Hellraiser franchise, Hellraiser: Judgment, has been almost non-existent. Truth is, the quality of Hellraiser sequels has fallen dramatically since Bloodline (1996), the last release to enjoy a theatrical release; things were in sorry shape before horror icon Doug Bradley bowed out, refusing to reprise the role of Pinhead in the 9th installment, Revelations, or Judgment.
With Judgment in post-production, writer/director Gary Tunnicliffe has taken to his personal website in an attempt to draw fans back into the fold with a heart-felt appeal that includes several pictures of what’s to come:
A few words about Hellraiser: Judgment
I promise you a horror film that will have moments unlike any other you have ever seen, Dimension films have been incredibly generous and shown an enormous amount of faith in letting me write and direct Hellraiser: Judgment, a film that is not just the simple recycling of the Hellraiser formula, a film that will boast some of the strangest, most bizarre, horrific and thought provoking sequences ever seen in the horror genre, a horror film that owes its inspiration to the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon as well as Cronenberg, Lynch, Fincher and obviously Barker and I thank them (BobWeinstein, Matt Signer, Stu Arbury, Scoop Wasserstein and Josh Hanmburger, etc.) for helping me and for being brave enough to let me do what I want to do… which is to ultimately to make a horror film that flat out Horrifies.
And the to the Hellraiser fans out there I say this…
‘I know you’ve been let down, trust me I have too, but give me a chance, I know we can never make a film as great as the first two Hellraiser’s I wouldn’t even try to, but I think we have a fun little script here an amazing cast and crew and an opportunity to give you all something a little different, a little terrifying and something that will be a worthy part of the Hellraiser canon…. oh and of course, if you want blood, well you’ ve got it!’
The pictures (below) are interesting but not entirely encouraging. Pinhead (Paul T. Taylor) looks solid, but new Cenobites The Surgeon and The Butcher are disappointing.
The Surgeon looks like a human in a latex fetish suit; while this character is unnerving, nothing about it seems demonic or otherworldly.
The Butcher looks like a cross between Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame, and Baby Face from the cult hit The Hills Run Red. Intimidating, yes, but hardly original or demonic.
What do you think about Tunnicliffe’s new Cenobites? Will you be giving Hellraiser: Judgement a whirl? Sound off in the Comments section.