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About the Clive Barker/Doug Bradley ‘Hellraiser’ News…

I received quite a few e-mails from readers over the weekend hoping to double and triple confirm the news that Clive Barker will be writing the remake to his Hellraiser for Dimension Films, and that Doug Bradley will once again suffer through the daily make-up application to transform into Pinhead.

The fact of the matter is, while Barker revealed the news on Facebook, there’s still an long, long road out of hell (pun intended).

Here’s the facts: Barker is writing a full screenplay for a pitch both Bob and Harvey Weinstein liked. Barker wants Bradley back in action, they said yes. This doesn’t guarantee that the movie gets made. In fact, it doesn’t even guarantee that they’ll use Barker’s script once completed.

This was doubled over by a post over on Bradley’s Facebook page, where is slams the breaks on such early speculation.

Hi everyone! Just arrived in Orlando for Spooky Empire, to be greeted by the news via Clive Barker’s Facebook that he is writing a new Hellraiser script and intends that I should play Pinhead again.

This is intriguing news, about which I know absolutely nothing,” he adds. “No one has contacted or spoken to me about returning. So until you hear from me to the contrary, assume that all rumors about me returning as Pinhead are only rumors.
Peace & Pain.


I believe Bradley is misreading the news broken by Barker as if he actually confirms Bradley is signed on. He’s actually wrong. Barker “told the Dimension team that in [his] opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley, and much to [his] delight Bob Weinstein agreed.

The Weinstein brothers are known for changing their mind, and spinning their wheels. They could have easily said this to entice Barker to pen the screenplay – with a bait and switch planned in the future. They could hate the completed script for all we know. Or, what if they can’t reach a financial agreement with Bradley to return?

While the news of Barker’s return is exciting, I think for all of us diehard fans we need to slow down, take a deep breath, and just pray that something good comes into fruition in the near future.

Don’t forget that Dimension has announced Amityville, Scanners and Halloween 3D how many times now? Where are those films?



  • Bouncy X

    it would be interesting if true, because Bradley would now hold two distinctive “honors”. first off he’d be playing the role for the 9th time, i don’t think there’s ever been any actor to play the same role that many times. i’m thinking specifically horror but thinking about it, not even sure its happened in any genre but i could be wrong. when it comes to horror though, currently i think he and Englund are tied at 8.

    and the 2nd thing is that this might be the first time that an actor came back for a remake and played the same role. at the very least within the horror genre but again, i don’t know if its happened before. the closest that immediately comes to mind is Exorcist 4 but that wasn’t really a remake and simply a movie being redone. the plan wasnt to have em both available til the “new” version flopped.

    so yes….interesting. oh and something else, Bradley would be returning after someone else played the role after him. but that happened to James Bond so shhh. lol

    • VampireJack

      Christopher Lee played Dracula 10 times.

      • VampireJack

        Then of course we have Paul Naschy who played the Wolfman something like 12 times.

      • Bouncy X

        never heard of Naschy but totally didnt think of Lee, though i had no clue he did it 10 times? i thought it was like 6 or 7.

        • David

          8 for hammer, jess franco’s count dracula and this horror comedy called dracula and son from ’76

  • Rake

    I’ll believe it when I see it. They had Barker write a pitch a few years ago and then bailed on it, went through two different writers/directors, and then made a crappy sequel just to hold the writes. So it’s hard to see this making it to the screen.

    • EvilHead1981

      I hope the Weinsteins actually go along with Barker this time(I would even say, given Barker’s wishes, they’d be WISE to go with his ideas, like lots of practical FX and bringing Doug back as Pinhead). While they are responsible for The Burning, in the past so many years, they are what you think of when it comes to “greedy, sellout producers” who’d water down a franchise just to gain mass appeal. I mentioned this, the whole Halloween Resurrection thing was under their watch. I also recall hearing they wanted a Hellraiser reboot that had Pinhead acting as a slasher villain, killing frat boys and sorority girls on a college campus.

  • EvilHead1981

    A good remake written by the original writer would be 1990 NotLD. Romero did the screenplay, Savini directed it and it was pretty damn good. Not only was it totally faithful to the original, it kept the gist of the story(the point) while modernizing the movie.

  • weresmurf

    Mr Disgusting, with all respect, I don’t think you can really write this credibly:

    “I believe Bradley is misreading the news broken by Barker as if he actually confirms Bradley is signed on.”

    When this site, amongst many, many others within the last few days were posting headlines like this presented on your own site:

    Headline: “Dear ‘Hellraiser’ Fans, Clive Barker Is Writing the Remake; Doug Bradley Returns!”

    And it then contains the line: “Barker, who hasn’t been involved since Hellbound: Hellraiser II, has officially announced that he will be writing the hellraiser remake for The Weinstein Company – and also revealed that Doug Bradley will return as the iconic slasher!”

    So when sites are publishing comments like that, horror icons do check sites, as we all do know, they are of course, going to check these sites and comment on such things?

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