Hey now, news out of the world of horror has Clive Barker penning a remake of Hellraiser One for The Weinstein Co. The announcement came from Barker directly via his Revelations site in which he says the following:
I just want to have five minutes to bring you up to date on the Hellraiser situation, so that we don’t surprise anybody!
“They’re going to remake Hellraiser One with a lot more money and they’ve invited me to write it â€“ the invitation came from Bob Weinstein â€“ which I am going to do, on the basis that if I don’t do it, it will be done in some way that I probably won’t like!
“It’s only that one that I really, really, really care about in terms of its remake value – and it’ll be kind of fun to have the extra money to do the effects and all that cool stuff.
“So it puts me in the situation of writing both the beginning and the end of Pinhead at the same time â€“ â€˜In my end is my beginningâ€¦’ I’m not in the middle, as it were, I’m leaving out his middle age, I’m just dealing with his beginning and his end.
“I’m excited about it – actually it’ll be kinda cool to revisit it once and see if there are things we can do to it which will make it significantly better.
“I wouldn’t wish to direct â€“ I only want to write and be a part of the producing team. I wouldn’t want to revisit something that I did as a director, something that I did all those years ago: that would be too, in a way, painful – not painful but weird, difficult, strangeâ€¦
“I am very happy at the idea of having some more money for the cool stuff â€“ I don’t know how much more money, but it’s got to be more than the $900,000 that we had the first time!”
Being someone that has only seen one Hellraiser movie, and it wasn’t the first one I am not sure if this is necessary or not. I do know the film is widely loved by horror fans, which leads me to believe it might not necessarily need a remake. While Pinhead isn’t exactly as big a name as say Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees he is quite recognizeable, and you can’t really image Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th remakes can you? And I don’t count those silly sequels as remakes.