Hellraiser returns to our screens with a reboot slash sequel to the popular horror entry.
Clive Barkers Hellraiser Saga is one of the longest running franchises in the horror space. Originally adapted and directed by the author himself from his own novella The Hellbound Heart in 1987, Hellraiser quickly became a staple of the genre. When slashers and serial killers dominated horror, the story of the cenobites and their ruthless exploration of the limits of pleasure and pain stood out from the crowd. Pinhead, the central antagonist, became one of the most well-known villains in horror films, and with good reason.
Studios have long tried to recreate or restart the Hellraiser Saga, but all failed. But this fall, just in time for Halloween, Hulu is bringing the cenobites back to life with director David Bruckner in the form of the R-Rated Hellraiser (Same title as the very first film in the series.) Horror experts and newcomers alike should prepare for a whole new descent into hell.
Here’s everything we know about the all-new ones Hellraiser until now.
When is the Hellraiser release date?
Hellraiser will be released exclusively on Hulu on October 7th. No word has yet been given on its international distribution, although it’s likely that it will appear outside of America on Disney Plus, similar to other Hulu properties.
What is the plot of Hellraiser?
According to the table of contents IMDB (opens in new tab)the Hellraiser Remake is a “reimagining” of Barker’s franchise, focusing on “one young woman”. [who] must confront the sadistic, supernatural forces behind a mysterious puzzle box that are responsible for her brother’s disappearance.” This description suggests that this will not be a direct remake of the first film or the novella, both of which center on a sadistic man and his concentrated lover who kills people to revive him while his niece tries to stop her and the cenobites.
The cenobites are the central antagonists of the saga, a series of interdimensional beings who work as guardians for The Order of the Gash. They were once human but were transformed into their grotesque bondage-inspired fetish manifestations upon opening the puzzle box they now maintain. Cenobites are so far removed from their former humanity that they can no longer distinguish between sensations of pleasure and pain. When summoned by humans who open the box, the cenobites, willingly or not, take them to their home dimension and torture them for eternity.
The first three Hellraiser Movies follow a fairly well constructed narrative arc, with a strong focus on both the human Kirsty, whose devious uncle and stepmother helped initiate the cenobites, and the leading cenobite, Pinhead. After that, the franchise quickly morphed into more traditional slasher fare that began hastily adapting unrelated scripts Hellraiser-related stories, all of which severely weakened the series and pushed it further from its origins. The new Hellraiser seems eager to return to the simplicity of the original story.
The first trailer for Hellraiser is here, although it’s more of a title teaser than anything else. We get the tiniest tips on our new Pinhead, accompanied by a font selection that many on Twitter compare to theirs law & order Franchise. Check out the full trailer here.
Who is in the Hellraiser cast?
The unifying force over almost everyone Hellraiser Movie was Doug Bradley who played Pinhead. This time the character is played by Jamie Clayton, who you may know from Netflix sense8 and show times The L Word: Generation Q.
Clayton is one of the most prominent trans actresses working today and her casting is pretty much perfect for the lead role of The Cenobites. In the novella, the cenobite (whose actual name is Pinhead only in the second film) is described as having “the voice of an excited girl” and as “sexless” like the other cenobites. The opportunity to reassert Pinhead as a queer character is exciting (Barker’s work is notoriously queer-inclusive, in a way mainstream horror wasn’t at the time.)
Alongside Clayton, Odessa A’zion stars as Riley, the heroine who is looking for her brother. She was last seen in the Netflix series Big Army. Rounding out the cast is Brandon Flynn (13 reasons why), Goran Višnjić (Timeless, HE), drew Starkey (dear simon) and Hiam Abbass (successor).
Who is the Hellraiser director?
Director David Bruckner oversees this remake of Hellraiser. A horror filmmaker through and through, Bruckner made his solo directorial debut in 2017 The ritual, an adaptation of Adam Nevill’s novel about five friends whose hiking trip in northern Sweden soon goes horribly wrong. Before that he was a co-director from 2007 The signal starring Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry about a world where people are turned murderous by a mysterious signal sent through their electrical devices. He has also contributed to the anthology series V/H/S. Its critical peak came in 2020 The night housea psychological horror that was nominated for two Critics’ Choice Super Awards.
That Hellraiser franchise competitors Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween in terms of longevity. In fact it was the success of the recent ones Halloween Reboot directed by David Gordon Green, who credited Hulu with the green light and eleventh place finish Hellraiser Movie.
Four of the previous films were released theatrically, with the next six going straight to video. There are also comic book adaptations and bindery novels. A TV series adaptation by HBO and David Gordon Green is in the works, with Clive Barker on board as executive producer.
Here is the panel of Hellraiser Movies are where to see them:
- Hellraiser (1987) — watch on Prime Video and Tubi in the US; shudders in Britain
- Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) — watch on Prime Video, Tubi and The Roku Channel in the US; shudders in Britain
- Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK
- Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; not currently available in the UK
- Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available through Digital on Demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available through Digital on Demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Dead (2005) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available through Digital on Demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005) — watch via the Cinemax channel on Prime Video in the US; available through Digital on Demand in the UK
- Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) — watch on Tubi, Vudu, Pluto TV in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK
- Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) — watch on Tubi, Vudu, Pluto TV in the US; Virgin TV Go in the UK