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This Just In – Hellraiser: Judgement News

This Just In – Hellraiser: Judgement News

Not Your Father's Hellraiser?

By Woofer McWooferson

Hellraiser fans have been waiting anxiously and with trepidation for news of the latest installment in the franchise – Hellraiser: Judgement*. We've learned Paul Taylor (Sin City) will be playing the new incarnation of the beloved and feared Pinhead and that Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as been added to the cast. However, the revelation (no pun intended) that Doug Bradley would not be returning was the biggest area of dissent among the fans who still remember the last faux Pinhead from Hellraiser: Revelations and, therefore, fear the worst. Indeed, first looks at what was alleged to be the new Pinhead were deeply disappointing. Now, however, new images have surfaced of a Pinhead we might be able to love almost as much as the esteemed Mr. Bradley's (though I reserve judgment (See what I did there?) until I can see the movie).

Paul Taylor as the new face of Pinhead.

Paul Taylor as the new face of Pinhead.

From Bloody Disgusting's interview with special effects artist and Hellraiser: Judgement director Gary Tunnicliffe, we have learned a lot about what to expect in the Hellraiser: Judgement. For one, Judgement was conceived as a Hellraiser project even though Tunnicliffe once stripped all Hellraiser elements in an attempt to get it funded as an independent film. Though he met with several producers, none were willing to take a chance on it. In Tunnicliffe's words: “...(t)hey always balked…and usually asked if I would instead be interested in directing a movie about some teens being chased by a masked killer (yawn).” Failing to get backing that way, he next tried Kickstarter but quickly shut it down when he discovered it was “basically ‘begging’ for money”. Tunnicliffe returned to his original idea to make the film part of the franchise.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Surgeon.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Surgeon.

But how does Hellraiser: Judgement fit into Clive Barker's already intricate and richly detailed universe? Tunnicliffe assures us that the script was always a Hellraiser movie and brings to play a new “mechanism in conjunction with the box for the gathering of souls”. This is where the new characters come in – and not all of them are Cenobites. All that Tunnicliffe will reveal about the new characters is that there are several factions in Hell and the Cenobites are the “sharp end of the stick” as he put it.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Auditor.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Auditor.

While Pinhead is synonymous with Hellraiser, another major question fans have is why create a new Pinhead when Doug Bradley's Pinhead is archetypal? Some claim that a new Hellraiser without Bradley shouldn't even have a Pinhead, but Tunnicliffe disagrees, comparing Pinhead to the special sauce on a burger (pardon the analogy - it's Tunnicliffe's): too much and you get sick, too little and you're left wanting. This Pinhead, Tunnicliffe asserts, will be tougher and edgier than fans are used to, and he will not have the silver tongue that elevated Bradley's Pinhead from supporting character to the must have start. With deeper cuts, longer pins, solid black eyes, and a sleeker wardrobe, this Pinhead will be icy cool where Bradley's was as hot as the Hell from which he came.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Jury.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Jury.

Hellraiser: Judgement focuses on the efforts of Detectives Sean and David Carter as they try to track down a sadistic serial killer, eventually joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton and digging deep into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be earthly. Tunnicliffe explains that the story will focus on the serial kiler aspect rather than the Hellraiser elements, which seems to cast doubt on his allegation that the film has always been conceived as a Hellraiser entry. Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer and tell House of Tortured Souls what you think.

As always, House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated as more news is available.

Hellraiser: Judgement Poster.

Hellraiser: Judgement Poster.

*NOTE: The different spellings are not errors. Director Tunnicliffe is English, thus the British spelling of Judgement in the title. As an American, I have reverted to the Americanized spelling when not referencing the title per se.

Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR NEWS, REMAKES AND REBOOTS, 0 comments



By  John Roisland

As per the ongoing discussion of the Hellraiser saga, Doug Bradley, best known as Pinhead to the world, posted this yesterday to the public on Facebook, February 17, 2016 . Here's what he had to say:

"Ladies, Gentlemen and Others,

I gather word is beginning to spread about the new Hellraiser movie which is, apparently, already shooting.
First, a point of clarification. This is the first time I have said anything about this. Anything else you have heard me say about any proposed Hellraiser film refers to the constantly rumored remake. And, for the record, I still know nothing about that.

First I heard about this new film was around Christmas in a phone call from Gary Tunnicliffe, who was my make-up artist on Bloodline through Hellworld. Gary, you may recall, also wrote the screenplay for Revelations. He has written and is directing this new effort. I can also assert, contrary to some rumours I've already seen, that Clive Barker is not involved with this in any way, shape or form.

Gary said he would send me a copy of the script when he had completed a second draft, but before I could be allowed to set eyes on the precious document, I was required to sign a gagging order. This was a three page document preventing me from talking about the script 'in restrooms', 'on elevators', 'in restaurants' or 'in cellular telephone conversations which may be overheard'. There was also dark reference to 'people talking out of turn at conventions'. I read this thing in disbelief, and informed Gary I would not be signing it.

And that's that. Clearly, I am deemed too much of a security risk to be allowed to read a Hellraiser script. People are starving to death in Syria and they're worried about me talking about a Hellraiser movie? Get a fucking grip. Can you say 'sense of proportion'?

Anyway, story short: a new movie is happening and I have nothing do with it. I was unable to make a decision about it because I was not allowed to read the script, unlike Revelations where I made a conscious decision not to do the movie based on the motives for making it and the poor quality of the script.

And that's everything."

Peace and Pain

This is what Doug posted openly yesterday, and personally speaking , I support him 100% , and most certainly don't have much hope for the series without him.

Keep It Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 1 comment
New Hellraiser Movie, But No Doug Bradley

New Hellraiser Movie, But No Doug Bradley

By Dixielord 

News has been hitting social media and the internet about a new Hellraiser movie. It appears the film is already in production. It also appears that scream queen Heather Langenkamp, aka Nancy, is attached in a cameo role. The news that Heather will be appearing in the movie obviously got fans a bit excited. But it seems the Hellraiser franchise giveth good news, and the Hellraiser franchise taketh it away.

Doug Bradley as Pinhead in Hellraiser

The one and only Pinhead, Doug Bradley. Accept no substitute

No sooner than the good news about Langenkamp hits the news, than rumors that Doug Bradley, once again,wont be cast as Pinhead. The rumors have been now been confirmed by Bradley himself on his verified Facebook page. Bradley originated the role in the original Hellraiser, and reprises the role in seven sequels before being replaced in the abomination Hellraiser:Revelations.

The new film, which so far as I know doesn't have a working title is being directed by Gary Tunnicliffe. Tunnicliffe is definitely no stranger to the Hellraiser series, having done Doug's make up in three of the previous films. Unfortunately he also wrote the script for Revelations. In the past I have laid most of the blame for the still birth that is Revelations on director Victor Garcia, and the studios, who rushed a shitty film out just to maintain the rights to the name Hellraiser, but the story was crap, and the writer has to take the blame for that.

To paraphrase Doug from his facebook, he turned down Revelations because it was a poor script and it was being rushed into production for the “wrong reasons”. With this new film, according to Bradley, he was not allowed to see the script without signing a gag order before hand. A gag order that would have prevented him from talking about the script anywhere he could be overheard, including fan conventions.

Faux Pinhead from Hellraiser:Revelations

Dis muh scway face, doooh. Hellraiser: Revelations

Maybe it's just me, but if you are that worried about someone knowing about your script, it must be a pretty weal script. Maybe there are other reason, but a good story, talked about at conventions, in my mind would only stoke interest in the film.

Along with word, that everyone's favorite cenobite wont be returning to the role he helped create, Bradley also says Clive Barker will in no way be associated with the new film. So any rumors of a Hellraiser reunion with Barker and Bradley are, for now at least, just that, rumors.

Hellraiser's cenobites

The cenobite family from Hellraiser

My personal two cents. If you are making a Hellraiser with Pinhead, you need Doug Bradley. Sorry but he means to much to fans of the series. Now if you want to make a Hellraiser film and Doug isn't interested, or can't commit to the part, just don’t use the Pinhead character. No offense to Heather Langenkamp, who is an awesome person, but I wont be rushing to see this new movie. Just too many negatives. No Barker, no Bradley, and too much of the creative force behind Revelations. Seriously, I had rather watch Uwe Boll pick his nose while screaming anti Semitic remarks for two hours than watch Revelations again.

You really want to excite Hellraiser fans? Give us The Scarlet Gospels with Doug Bradley as Hellraiser and Scot Bakula as Harry D'Amour! At least this Hellraiser fan gets wet thinking about that.

Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels

The Scarlet Gospels, end of Pinhead from Hellraiser

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HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

By Machete Von Kill

Hellraiser poster

Director: Clive Barker; Writer: Clive Barker (adapted from The Hellbound Heart) Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins; Rating: R; Run Time: 94 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 1987

Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank's body apart. When Frank's brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank's old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself. (Summary from IMDb.)

I honestly don't remember how old I was the first time I saw Hellraiser. It was some time in middle school. And I've seen it eleventy billion times since. It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I don't mean just horror movies either. I can probably recite almost every line from the movie and had Pinhead as a notification alert on my cellphone (I can't lie. After several texts from a close friend, I had to change it. LOL! Pinhead was starting to creep me out!)

Meeting Doug Bradley aka Pinhead

I have to say, seeing Doug Bradley's name on the guest list for Motor City Nightmares last year was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to go. I was heartbroken when it became clear I couldn't afford tickets. Thanks to Dark Legacy Haunted House, I WON A GOLD PASS and was able to meet PINHEAD himself. I will full on admit, I was extremely nervous about meeting Mr. Bradley. I was a complete mess. Nervous stutter when I could speak, dry mouth and shaking like a leaf. Mr. Bradley put up with me (LOL) and was nice enough to take photos with me, autograph my DVD, and accepted my gift to him, a hand painted Pinhead Christmas ornament. I could go on and on about Doug Bradley, but that's not why we're here. Let's get back to the movie.

The scene when Frank begins to regenerate after absorbing his brother's blood through the floor boards is both totally gross and totally captivating. You can't turn away, even though you want to. And the subsequent scenes of Frank consuming the blood of the men Julia brings to the house are just as gross and captivating. The sounds effects alone are gag worthy.

I can't say I have any sympathy for Frank or Julia. Frank was a sick, mean, creepy bastard when he was alive and Julia, a cheating tramp. Who sleeps with their newly wedded husband's brother!? Ick! Dirty ho! They totally deserved each other and all of the tortures dished out by the Cenobites. It seems so fitting that Frank ended up consuming Julia.

And the Cenobites themselves, HOLY WAH! As if Pinhead wasn't terrifying enough, throw in Chatterer (Nicholas Vince), Butterball (Simon Bamford), and the female Cenobite (Grace Kirby)... Nightmare material for days! Deliciously evil and brilliant. Bravo to Clive Barker for bringing these henchmen of Hell to life.

The movie is dark, beautiful, gory and everything a good horror movie should be. Even with the 1987 special effects, it still stands up today as one of the greatest ever made. And I'm really unhappy to hear that it will be rebooted. It is a classic that needs to be left alone. Sure, make another sequel (just please, please, please do a better job than the last few), but there's no reason to reboot.

If you haven't yet seen this masterpiece, I'd really like to know what the hell you are waiting for.

10 out of 10 Cenobites Tortures

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PUPPET MASTER: Is It Really Goodbye?

By John Roisland


Who of us could ever forget the likings of Andre Toulon's little demonic puppets with names like, Blade, Decapitron, Jester, Pinhead, and Six Shooter - just to name a few? Well, I, for one haven't, but in case you did, our friends over at Full Moon Entertainment are bringing you yet another installment in the Puppet Master films.

The film is set to begin production, they hope, in early 2016. Everything is in very early pre-production, and there is no title and no cast. We do have a director/producer - Charles Band. The first of the Puppet Master franchise was released in 1989. (DAMN! Am I really that old?) This will be the 11th film in the series, and, sadly enough, is being said to be the final film of the franchise. It's had a long good run and, in addition to the films, spawned action figures of the puppets themselves. And, yes, I am lucky enough to own a few of them. Puppet Master is fucking badass. Sorry, there is just no way around it! There's a reason it's been a favorite among horror fans so many years.

So, if it's the last, then you know we've all got to see it! You also know that I will be keeping you up to date and will post more as soon as I find out more information on the production and release date.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Leatherface Gets a ReAction

My Reaction to the Leatherface ReAction

By John Roisland

Letherface ReAction

For about the last six years or so, I have prided myself, and actually take quite seriously, on having a small, but growing collection of horror merchandise. I have been gathering items from movie posters to Halloween themed sodas, but one of my favorites collectibles has always been action figures. Some are popular, some are rare and hard to find, but there usually wasn't one I wouldn't happily add to my collection. Until now.

Funko, who I'm a fan of, has come out with a line of retro action figures called ReAction Figures. Their character base is rather impressive, ranging from The Goonies to Escape from New York and even Big Trouble in Little China. The over all packaging and figure itself reminds me of that of the mid late 70s Star Wars figures. The size is about the same, very limited movement and the packaging is simple flat cardboard with some sort of movie picture that portrays the character. Over all, they aren't bad; they're little retro collectibles and all very much resemble their own character. All but one. Leatherface. Of all characters to get wrong, it has to be my personal favorite!

The outfit is the typical Leatherface garb: pants, tie, and apron. But the outfit is not the issue; what IS the issue is the mask. Everyone knows that Freddy Krueger has his glove of finger knives, Pinhead has, well, pins in his head, and Leatherface has a stitched together mask made of human. When you make or build a model or representation of these huge horror icons, it's imperative to get the trademark right! Well, in this case, our friendly looking butcher of human flesh looks like he's having a facial at a day spa and is sporting a mud mask! I'm sorry; I really am, but even the small blood spots on his apron and the chainsaw that comes with the action figure can't (and don't) make up for this!! Yes, you know who he is supposed to be as you look at it, but its a very bad representation.

Retailing for $14.99, this collectible will be hitting the shelves on November 30th, 2015, just in time for the fat man to fill your stockings! Maybe I'll find one with my name on it... I wont be crushed it I don't though. Sorry Funko, but this is one of few I will be passing on.

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By John Roisland

Funko, created in 1998 by Mike Becker, was an idea conceived to bring nostalgic themed toys back to an era of never ending electronics! My focus in this review is the Fukno POP line. It seems if you walk into any toy store, book/magazine shop - and especially a comic book store - you are bound to find these little guys! From Disney to Marvel and Dragonball Z to Jay and Silent Bob, Funko POP figures are everywhere! The list is endless - hell, there are characters I've never even heard of!

For our beloved HORROR...I must say it's a pretty impressive display. Ranging from classic horror, such as Nosferatu, The Wolfman and The Munsters just to name a few, to more mainstream horror icons, such as Captain Spaulding, Michael Myers, and (let us not forget my favorite) Leatherface! And again the lists goes on....and on, and they seem to add new ones every time you turn around.

Each character comes in a nice window box that stands about 7 inches tall. The figures alone, stand about 5 inches tall and are adorable! Yes, I said adorable! The reason I say this is because I can picture any young girl playing with any of these little characters at her tea party. They are not scary, nor are the meant to be. The detail of the characters, while they may not be as realistic as a da Vinci, is such that you know exactly who they are as soon as you see them. Without a doubt. They all have short bodies and large heads, and they almost have a cartoonish feel too them.

These figures have been a huge success with fans and toy collectors of all ages and lovers of all genres. Personally speaking, we have 11 in our collection, with about 75 more on our wish list. My personal favorites are The Bride of Frankenstein and Jason Voorhees! And what's on the top of my wish list? The new Pinhead of course! With an average price of $11.99 - $14.99, how can anyone pass it by!?


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