Clive Barker Responds to Pascal Laugier's Hellraiser Reboot
Yep, that headline is right. When Pinhead graces the big screen again with the help of French filmmaker Pascal Laugier, it will be in the form of a reboot to the original Hellraiser and not a remake, per se. At least that's what ShockTillYouDrop tells us came out of a recent interview FilmsActu had with the Martyrs director. Personally, I'm becoming blind to the dividing lines between remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, and so on. But on the subject of the Cenobites' return, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Clive Barker, also, and discussed the new project, specifically about it being in Laugier's demented little hands.
"I liked Martyrs a lot," Barker commented. "I'm very excited at the idea of [Laugier] doing it. Pascal is a very talented filmmaker, obviously a lot more talented than I was when I stepped onto the sound stage on [the first] Hellraiser and I hadn't really directed anything before… I am completely open and ready to be blown away. I don't have any possessiveness about it. I just want people to have fun."
That's such a great attitude, if you ask me. But we'll have to see what Barker says after he reviews Laugier's treatment in the coming weeks, since he's known to be brutally honest. On Laugier's version, and reaffirming the reboot-ness of the project, Barker also recently told STYD:
"I'm not certain but I believe he is going to back to the first movie but not with an obsessed loyalty. He's taking the first movie as a launching board, a rock model, but there are things you can obviously do now both visually and sexually. It was always a sexual movie. The censors [when I did the original] told me I had to cut a scene because it has spanking in it. You're telling me I can have the skinning, but I cant have the spanking? It's a different time, so I'm excited."
In other news surrounding the Hellraiser reboot, earlier this month makeup designer and franchise alum Gary J. Tunnicliffe released photos of his vision of what a revisited Pinhead might look like. Sadly for him, Barker isn't a fan. Learning why, I totally agree. "I thought they were provocative in the sense of hopefully making people take notice of what worked and what didn't work. I feel that the Pinhead design works best because it's geometric. It's very severe and schematized. Each of the squares are the same size, all the scars are laid out in a straight line. It isn't the work of somebody going at somebody else's face with a chainsaw. That, I think, is what makes the thing scary - ritual scarification. This is not crude, vicious slashing."
Barker also adds, "I think the combination of a very organized system of scarring with a nail at every intersection is almost mathematical in its precision. The fact that that's been done to somebody or worse, that they've done to themselves, is what makes that image powerful. Once you take away the squares all being the same size and the nails all being the same length, you are just left with a slasher victim, which I don't think Pinhead is. I think Pinhead is a priest at the alter of a S & M."
And that's why we love Clive Barker. A glossy, Plantinum Dunes return to Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street is one thing, but Hellraiser coming back in the hands of Laugier is quite another. I can't wait for this project to take shape and may just re-watch all eight original films. Well, okay, maybe just the first two, since those are the only good ones. In the world of rehashed horror, how does Hellraiser rate for you?