Doug Bradley; image source: Horrorfan666 (Photobucket)

Doug Bradley Talks Hellraiser: Judgment

Doug Bradley Explains It All For You

By Woofer McWooferson

As almost every Hellraiser fan knows, the esteemed Mr. Doug Bradley will not be in the tenth Hellraiser film. This has been a deep disappointment to fans of the series as well as fans of all of Bradley's work. Earlier this year, he posted a Facebook status indicating his reasons for not appearing in the film, and those reasons were quite disturbing for it shows how little respect the filmmaker had for the man whose portrayal of Pinhead became synonymous with Hellraiser films. In a recent interview, Bradley elaborated on what he wrote in February.

Regarding the nondisclosure agreement:

I’ve been part of the Hellraiser franchise thirty years, this year. I’ve been in possession of, to my certain knowledge ten Hellraiser scripts because there was at least one Hellraiser script I had which didn’t get filmed. I hope I’m not being egotistical if I say that I’ve been an important part of the franchise and an important part of the reason why there’s a Hellraiser ten being made at all. So I didn’t understand why I had suddenly become a security risk that I had to sign a nondisclosure agreement. I don’t disclose. I was approached about Revelations and I’ve gone on record as saying I was very reluctant to consider it because I didn’t like the reasons why the movie was being made. It was being made, as we know now, entirely for political reasons because Dimension were about to lose the rights to both the Hellraiser franchise and the Children of the Corn franchise. That’s why the movie was being made, not because they wanted to reinvest, reinvigorate or kick-start the franchise. But I said ‘Let me see the script.’ I read Gary’s script for Revelations and I didn’t think it was good, so I turned it down. I never said a word about it, never said a word about Revelations, disclosed nothing.

And:

It was Through The Looking Glass stuff, it was telling me that I could not talk about this movie or the screen play in restrooms, in restaurants, in elevators, or in cellular telephone conversations which may be overheard. It also made me liable for a million dollars if I was deemed to have in any way harmed the investment of the producers in the project.

His perception of the movie itself, which Tunnicliffe purports to have always been a Hellraiser movie, echoes my own opinion of the film:

It’s a slightly puzzling situation, as well, Gary has told me and the FANGORIA readers that this is one hundred percent an original screenplay. Now he’s saying that he wrote it as a Hellraiser film some years ago. I’m trying to fill in the blanks, but maybe that would be after Revelations, and nobody wanted to make it. Then it resurfaced in, I think 2013, as his Kickstarter movie called Judgment, which he told us was ‘a horror movie like no other’. I saw the teaser trailer, and it had this guy with a very deep voice with scars across his head, diagonally it has to be said, but scars and a deep voice playing a toy music box which sort of reminded me of another horror movie we’re all very familiar with. But Gary said it was a horror movie like no other, so I must be mistaken.

Anyway, that Kickstarter campaign failed and now here we are with that movie, that was a Hellraiser movie, then was not a Hellraiser movie, and now suddenly is a Hellraiser movie again. (Tunnicliffe’s) also promised us that it’s going to contain some of ‘the most powerful and thought-provoking sequences ever seen in a horror film’, which is some claim. So I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Regarding other scripts that were edited to be Hellraiser films:

Inferno, Hellseeker and Deader are the next three movies in the series, and they were all preexisting movies that were tweaked to become Hellraiser movies. That’s lazy. It doesn’t speak to me of great respect for the franchise.

Hellraiser: Inferno

Hellraiser: Inferno


Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Hellraiser: Hellseeker


Hellraiser: Deader

Hellraiser: Deader

Will he ever play Pinhead again?

Never say never. I’ve turned down one script because I didn’t think it was good enough and I didn’t like the reasons why the movie was being made or the way the movie was being made.

And:

I’m not losing sleep over not playing Pinhead – it’s more than thirteen years now since I played him last, but I’m not closing the door on anything, either.

You can read the full interview at iHorror.

So keep the faith, fellow Hellraiser fans. We may not have seen the last of Doug Bradley.

Doug Bradley; image source: Horrorfan666 (Photobucket)

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