I’ve just become a little less excited about the next chapter in the Hellraiser franchise.
In an attempt to plug his latest project, Hellraiser: Judgment director Gary J. Tunnicliffe dished gruesome details with Adam Green and Joe Lynch on the Movie Crypt Podcast. While fans of the franchise launched by Clive Barker in 1987 are no strangers to depraved representations of gore and torture, only a fraction of horror fans enjoy depictions of violence against animals—and from the sounds of it, Judgement goes there.
“I had the most fun on that I’ve ever had, and I’ve never worked so hard on a Hellraiser film, but we had a great time,” Tunnicliffe said of the new film.
“We did two sequences where… one the actress almost passed out… a scene that you especially, Adam… you are going to freak the fuck out,” he continued. “I’ll tell you off air about it, and when I explain it to you, you’re going to be like, ‘Jesus Christ.’ Involving a small dog. No, the dog doesn’t get hurt. But it goes through some… trauma. And then we had three grips leave the set during a sequence when they said, ‘This is utterly screwed up.’”
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Yes, it’s ironic that I have no problem watching humans being torn and mutilated, but innocent animals? No thank you.
We still don’t have a release date for Hellraiser: Judgment (this in spite of the fact that Pinhead actor Paul T. Taylor all but promised fans a theatrical release—last March!). Of course, the fact that Judgment is produced by Dimension, the horror arm of The Weinstein Company, further complicates the situation, as the company faces insolvency in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.
Of course we’ll keep our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional Hellraiser: Judgement news as details emerge. Stay tuned! Here’s what we know so far:
Official Synopsis: 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.
Judgment was written and directed by Hellraiser veteran Gary J. Tunnicliffe; in addition to Taylor, the film stars Heather Langenkamp, Randy Wayne, and Rheagan Wallace.