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Director Teases the Brutal Horrors of ‘Hellraiser: Judgment’

We still have no idea what’s happening with Hellraiser: Judgment in terms of the release strategy, and our only real source of information about the new franchise film has been its passionate director, longtime series makeup artist Gary J. Tunnicliffe.

On the latest episode of Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s The Movie Crypt podcast, Tunnicliffe didn’t reveal anything about the film’s release, which he’s likely as in the dark about as we are, but he did tease the gruesome horrors that await.

“I had the most fun on that I’ve ever had, and I’ve never worked so hard on a Hellraiser film, but we had a great time,” Tunnicliffe said of the new film.

We did two sequences where… one the actress almost passed out… a scene that you especially, Adam… you are going to freak the fuck out,” he continued. “I’ll tell you off air about it, and when I explain it to you, you’re going to be like, ‘Jesus Christ.’ Involving a small dog. No, the dog doesn’t get hurt. But it goes through some… trauma. And then we had three grips leave the set during a sequence when they said, ‘This is utterly screwed up.’

Paul T. Taylor takes over the role of Pinhead for Judgment.

The film also stars A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Heather Langenkamp, along with Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, John Gulager, Mike Jay Regan, Diane Goldner, Andi Powers, Jeff Fenter, Helena Grace Donald, and Grace Montie (read about their roles).

In the new sequel, “Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world. Could the Judgment awaiting the killer’s victims also be waiting for Sean?”

We hope to have release news soon.

HELLRAISER: JUDGMENT shot via Gary J. Tunnicliffe



  • Khy

    What happened to Children Of The Corn: The Runaway? Is that shelved too?

    • Forca84

      Looks that way. I think it might be in legal limbo also. I might be wrong.

  • Necro

    This is seriously getting on my last nerve! Release the fucking movie already!

    • John Connor

      You will know eternal suffering.

  • Dannyll Kaanan

    WHY don’t they start over & remake the original i would like to see this in theaters


      I think it’s because they don’t care about the franchise, they haven’t planned a Hellraiser movie in years. They’re usually something else with Hellraiser shit tacked on so they can retain the rights, even this was something else before it became a Hellraiser movie.

    • Clive Barker turned in a script for a Hellraiser reboot in 2013, with Doug Bradley intended to star, but Dimension Films has been sitting on it ever since.

      • Jon Macmenamin

        And with Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) on board to direct too! Oh what might have been…

        • Actually, that was a different reboot that got cancelled in 2011. A lot of potentially interesting Hellraiser projects have come and gone at Dimension Films, that they have done nothing with in favour of making bad direct-to-video sequels. There was even a Michael vs. Pinhead film that went into development, that was also written by Clive Barker and to be potentially directed by John Carpenter. But alas, even that didn’t happen. I really hope this studio loses the rights after Hellraiser: Judgment is finally released.

    • pickin_grinnin

      What I would like to see is a remake that stays faithful to the basic ideas behind the original novella. None of this Hell and Leviathan and punishment crap. The cenobites were just otherworldly explorers of sensation who it took a LOT of work to summon, and even then they would give the summoner the chance to take it back. Though they still tore people up, it was to take their experience of sensation beyond pain or pleasure, mixing both and then transcending them. It was a heightened form of the basics of the physical parts of BDSM, which is where Barker got the inspiration in the first place.

  • I would like to see this. My expectations are low, but I’m hopeful that maybe there will be some spark of inspiration within it. I hope this doesn’t become one of those “lost for 20 years” films that finally gets a Scream Factory release when the target audience for it is in nursing homes.


      That happened?

      • I’m thinking like the original Fantastic Four, which still hasn’t been released (though, of course, the rumors are that it’s “not worth seeing,” but you know there are people who would want it). The Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6 fell into that category.

        • MeeGhoulz

          I’ve watched the original Fantastic Four using alternative methods… it’s totally worth seeing it! For all the wrong reasons, but still better than their modern versions.

        • Nicolas Caiveau

          It’s very easy to watch the original Fantastic 4 movie and the Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6. A few clicks on google, you find them. While this new Hellraiser is still nowhere to be found.

          • Yeah, but how long did it take until it was that easy to find them? That’s the point I’m trying to make. It was YEARS before there was any way to see them at all, in even horrible quality. H6 now has a proper bluray release. And, yes, you can find F4 online in various qualities. But it’s not like they simply came out after a few months.

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    Thank you for posting that picture at the bottom again. I’d forgotten what it looked like.

  • Simon Allen

    Horror involving small dogs …….we are truly blessed .
    Coming soon free on Google .

    • Saturn

      Don’t you mean Poodle?

      • Simon Allen

        🙂 .

    • Adam Clifton

      Maybe we’re going to see the origin of that dog cenobite from Hellraiser: Bloodline

      • Saturn

        His bark’s worse than his cenobite.

        • Adam Clifton

          Tell that to its victims it was chewing on in that space station lol

  • I’m looking forward to this, but we haven’t heard a damn thing about the release, and Gary Tunnicliffe’s website has said “Official release information coming soon…” for several months now. –

  • Keep in mind that Gary Tunnicliffe stated earlier this year that the trailer, poster, and the film itself are all 100% completed. Despite this, none of them have seen the light of day in the several months that have passed. The ball is in your court, Dimension Films.

  • Will Coors

    Ughhhhh!!!! I want this film!!!! Come on dimension!!!!

  • ChinoX813

    This movie was sitting on the shelf collecting dust before Harvey Weinstein got outted as being Hollywood’s Ted Bundy, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this coming out anytime soon now.

  • zombie84_41

    Yeah well lets hope its better than that last one. it was terrible didn’t show pinhead at all it was just a mess. I hope this one will be gory as fuck and really screwed up like he said.

    • Tan Shearer

      The last one was made at last minute to keep the rights. That’s why it’s terrible it had no other reason to be made.

      • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

        That’s the same reason this one was made.

        And it was written by the same person directing this film.

        I wouldn’t expect this to be any good, sadly…

        • Justin McGill

          sad but true.. I KNOW he’s passionate about this film.. but that’s because this was something he had ALREADY written and he’s jammed Pinhead into it somehow..

      • zombie84_41

        yeah man that last one was a mistake

  • Edgar Pinecone

    This movie will make thousands of dollars for sure!

    • Saturn

      They should have got Johnathon Schaech as the new Pinhead – then it wouldn’t just be our suffering that would be legendary!

    • sliceanddice

      I loled but i hope your wrong.

  • Mike tantatelli

    I might be in the minority here, but dude looks good as Pinhead.

    • Adam Clifton

      Yeah he definitely looks better than the last guy. But Pinhead will always be Doug Bradley to me. I’ll give this a chance though

      • Saturn

        That’s all we can do – give it a go with an open mind.
        No matter how good (if he is) the new guy is there will always be those who believe the original is always the best. Could be correct – hopefully though the new movie will prove the naysayers wrong, as I’m really hoping for a decent Hellraiser – it doesn’t have to be as good as the first 2 (although that would be nice) as long as it’s serviceable.
        I’ve always had the attitude that if Doug’s not playing Pinhead then they shouldn’t have Pinhead in the movie. There is so much untapped potential in the franchise, and there is no reason what-so-ever that we couldn’t just have new Cenobites, or hell, bring back the female Cenobite as the new leader of the pack. Girl power!

        • Adam Clifton

          Or at least Angelique. She started out as a demon, not a cenobite. Something the series hasn’t really touched on since

          • Saturn

            Angelique would be a welcome return.
            Hopefully, with the new Nightbreed tv show in the works, there can be some cross over with Barker’s other beasties, the Cenobites, Harry and the rest.

    • Necro

      No you’re not, he’s not Doug, but he’s a hell of a lot better than that last guy in ‘Revelations’!

  • purplegnome

    The film is on ( cough cough ) certain sites popped up on Monday

    • LivingDeadMan

      At least they claim it is. The film that’s on them, is in fact, something called Hellriser!

      • purplegnome

        o okay not tried watching it yet thanks for the heads up

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