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‘Hellraiser: Judgment’: World Trailer Premiere and Release News! [Exclusive]

The suffering is over.

Depending on when I’m asked, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser may just be my favorite horror film of all time. Watching with experienced eyes, it’s an astoundingly impressive low budget masterpiece that takes place in mostly a single location, and doesn’t even focus on the now-iconic Pinhead (then played by the great Doug Bradley). It’s a horrifying love story that’s as terrifying as it’s revolting. While we may never get a large-scale remake that’s been in the works for over a decade now, we are blessed to have several sequels that follow the Cenobites after some idiot fucks with the Lament Configuration.

At long last, Pinhead (now played by Paul T. Taylor) and his Cenobite posse are bringing Hell to home video once again! Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive world trailer and art premiere for special effects master Gary J. Tunnicliffe‘s highly anticipated Hellraiser: Judgment, which arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand February 13, 2018, from Lionsgate. Yes, Pinhead will be your true love this coming Valentine’s Day.

There’s hell to pay in this exclusive trailer debut that’s bursting from the seams with cool imagery and special effects work. “Evil seeks evil” implies that maybe Cenoites are being called upon by the film’s serial killer, and that some of the chaos is induced by humans, not demons. The footage has a claustrophobic “smallness” to it that’s reminiscent of Barker’s debut film from 1987. With Tunnicliffe behind the Judgment, I can’t help be excited for this one…

The tenth film in the classic horror series tells the story of three detectives as they struggle to solve a horrifying murder, but instead find themselves thrust into the depths of Pinhead’s hellacious landscape.

“Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment.”

Including a cameo by horror icon Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Hellraiser: Judgment stars 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).

Special features include both deleted and extended scenes to go with a gag reel! Here’s an exclusive look at the film’s DVD and Blu-ray cover art.



  • Inferus

    Not so sure I’m still excited following ‘Revelations.’

  • Jair H Castillo

    looks pretty decent, definitely i will watch it

  • Bruce Wayne

    As if the hellraiser-series would get good again. Wont happen, at least not until some major studio decides to reboot the whole thing.

    • James

      Exactly. At this point stop making god awful sequels and let some real talent reboot the franchise with a real budget.

  • Artman009

    Not a bad looking trailer (especially coming after ‘Revelations’). Looking forward to checking it out.

  • Saturn

    Hmmm, in places the trailer looks promising.
    The make-up work, at least, looks to be well done, and the look of the nu Pinhead seems to be on point (at least it’s not Chinhead this time around). The voice I’m not 100% sure about, but if that’s the least of my worries going into this new movie then I can live with that.
    I really, really hope that the movie is at least pretty good, as it seems that the folks behind it seem to actually want to give us something good, so let’s wait and see.
    Will it be as good as the first 2 movies? Probably not. But, open mind and all that.

    I’ll be buying it as soon as I can.

    • Necro

      Yeah Saturn that’s the one thing I left out of my comment, the voice part. Like you said it’s something I could easily live with IF it turns out to be bad!

    • Necro

      I think I said to you before that I’m personally glad that Gary J. Tunnecliffe is doing this. He’s been doing the effects for how many films now. I know his directing resume isn’t long, but I do trust him with this film.

      • Saturn

        Yup, you did. ’twas a while back though.

      • Did you see the two horror fan films that Tunnicliffe directed? I thought those were pretty good for their budget. Hellraiser: No More Souls had an interesting Dystopian future concept.

        • Necro

          Nope never seen them, but I will now! Thanx!

        • DJ sTikInsEkT

          remember the fan film hellraiser 9 it was made s o well i forgot what it was called prophecies or something

    • sliceanddice

      Yeah, i agree sat. Lookign forward. tentatively.

  • Kyle Cole

    Hell fuckin yes!!! I preordered my copy a few weeks ago on amazon!! Can’t wait to get it! I didnt care for Revelations even though it wasn’t too bad, but this one looks fucking crazy!!

    • Necro

      Sing it Brother!

  • Azwethinkweiz

    Burt the Muppet Pinhead and his movie was just a cash grab to retain the rights of the franchise. I have much higher hopes for this one.

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    This looks great for a fan film!

    • Necro

      Doesn’t it though?! I seem to be breaking my own rule right now of not getting sold by the trailer. So I don’t know if it’s because the film actually looks good, or if I’m just that excited to finally get this film released to us. It didn’t look good for a little while there.

  • Joshua

    Looks visceral. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Will Coors

    could this possibly be an actual REAL decent hellraiser sequel? not just some movie with pinhead but an actual hellraiser movie???? it sure looks like it from that trailer, count me in! Obvs I’ll miss Doug, but this new guy looks pretty promising. The last film is the series wasn’t that great but it was better than some of the other sequels. Hopefully this new guys puts the franchise back on the right track.

  • sliceanddice

    Looks equal parts briliant and rubbish.

  • Well it definitely peaks my curiosity. It can’t be worse than Revelations.

  • John Connor

    Lionsgate… hmmm…

    Evil seeks Evil (tagline)

    Lionsgate acquired Ash Vs. Evil Dead recently (like about a year ago) when they bought Starz.

    Both this film and the third season of Ash Vs. Evil Dead premiere in the same week.

    Imagine if Ash shows up at the end of this film.

    Deadites and cenobites… makes sense.

    • Necro

      I like it!

    • Saturn

      I’ve had similar thoughts before that it would be quite easy to connect the Hellraiser/Evil Dead franchises (rights issues permitting) with having some kind of occult collector who seeks out items such as the Lament Configuration and the Kandarian dagger, who already owns variations of the Necromonicon, who plans on unleashing many different hells on earth, perhaps religiously motivated believing that it will bring around the 2nd coming of Christ.
      Only one man can stand between him/her (perhaps the person seeking out those items, and others, could be a returning Kirsty, but I don’t think the fans would accept that), one Ashley J Williams.
      Obviously the movie would have to be more in line with the original Evil Dead in tone.

  • ChinoX813

    Looks halfway decent. If nothing else, this pinhead is a major improvement over the last movie.

  • OnlyManWhoCan

    It looks promising, and any film where they get the look of Pinhead right is already at an advantage (sometimes the makeup looks off). Taylor’s voice is not too far off Bradley so he certainly feels like he’s pulled it off!

  • Visually it looks good, but they put all that nice looking stuff in the trailer on purpose to distract us from the fact that it’s probably going to be another ‘thriller’ based entry (like 5,6 and 7)…. Also when did Pinhead suddenly start looking like Max Headroom?

  • Anthony & Jessica

    Release is two days after my birthday, I know what I am treating myself to this year! ~~Anthony

    • ChinoX813

      Day before mine, so yeah, nice little gift there!

    • Creepshow

      Can you put Jessica on the phone? I want to ask her why she can’t get it for you.

      • Saturn

        Is this the same Jessica we were all talking about at the last Schaech-to-gether?
        The one on that video tape, with the cheese grater?

        • Creepshow

          No, this is a different one. This Jessica is the one who has that pet monkey with a wooden leg.

          • Saturn

            Oh, her……

        • The director claims that the main antagonist, The Auditor, is being played by a surprise horror icon (who has yet to be confirmed)… It’s got to be Jonathan Schaech, right? The resemblance is uncanny! 🙂

          • Saturn

            You know, I wasn’t supposed to say owt, but it seems the cat is well and truly out of the bag now.
            Those of us who are members of The Ancient Mystical Order Roschaech Crucis have been keeping it under wraps for quite some time, as we felt that the news that He was redefining the zombie genre as Max (short for Maximum Iconic Legendary Fucking Zombie) would cause ripples in the space/time contiuum as it was, but if people knew he was also going to redefine the Hellraiser universe it could actually cause a split in reality itself – which we are not yet prepared for.
            When the time is right, and the breach has to be smashed, to allow His true form to enlighten the world, we will reveal the hidden secrets about the upcoming Nightmare On Elm Street reboot, the even NEWER Day Of The Dead remake and of course the soon to be revealed new Batman…..

            But until that day, we must have patience…..

  • Kyle Ord

    Looks like it could be great

  • Jay Bennett
  • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

    it doesn’t look that bad, nice cover.

  • This looks so much better than I expected, I’ll give it a go definitely. I love the weird obese doll face dude, very creepy

    • djambi

      I like the idea of him, but he doesn’t look like a Cenobite. Maybe if the gimp attached to its back were, like, sewn to its back or something. One can dream…

      • That would be awesome!

  • plutohiller

    I’m loving the cenobites and it looks to be pretty brutal, but the human actors look like typical straight-to-video models that can’t act. I miss the days when horror films found young talent that could actually act, and many became big name celebs over the years. It often seems like they pick the first people that show up to an audition.

    • Ryan Ellis

      Hit the nail on the head ( excuse the pun! )

      • Daniel Anderson

        Hell no, that pun was glorious.

      • Saturn

        Never excuse the the ability of being the creator of a good pun, If you have a quality, be proud of it. Let it define you, whatever it is.

      • An excellent….


    • J Jett

      i agree 1000%. the human characters/actors are those impossibly attractive/gorgeous model types which make it really difficult suspend disbelief with. it’s easier to accept a man with nails/pins in his head in this film than it is to believe these 2 leads are actual detectives. LOL.

    • Saturn

      In all fairness there have always been people in horror movies who can’t act, but I understand where you’re coming from. Movies like Friday The 13th may not be for the general movie goers per se, but at least it had decent acting talent in it, well the first 2 in particular.

    • Hopefully, with Heather Langenkamp and Feast creator John Gulager in the cast, the human characters won’t be all bad.

  • Brett Lovejoy

    Goddamn, that looks terrible.

    • FortesqueX

      Looking in the mirror again?

  • Ryan Ellis


  • Robert Steese

    I can see why it never made it to theaters.. And the Master Himself, declared it not fit for his visionary talents…If they Truly want a remake, Just let Clive do it himself.. It’s considered great because of him after all….

    • Saturn

      The Master Himself declared it not for for his visionary talents?
      I don’t believe that Johnathon Schaech was ever attached to this movie.

    • This isn’t a reboot, and neither was Revelations. All of these direct-to-video films have been sequels (albeit mostly standalone sequels). Doug Bradley just started refusing to return after speaking out about Dimension Films, which is why he isn’t Pinhead anymore.

      • Robert Steese

        That’s not entirely accurate. Doug Bradley wanted to be in this one but was not wanted. And Clive was opposed to the script. He greatly criticized it. He did say he would love to reboot it but they were not interested.

        • Actually, Bradley was asked to return in Judgment but refused because he would have had to sign a non-disclosure agreement. He likewise refused to star in Revelations because of the rushed production. He has also been openly criticising Dimension Films for years now. Bradley says that he is perfectly willing to return as Pinhead, but under the right circumstance.

  • sedoi

    I keep open mind for it 😀

  • Rofair

    “Evil seeks Evil” sounds like a craigslist ad title.

  • Rohan

    Eh, I’ll check it out. Looks kinda torture porn-y though.

    • Charles Parr

      It’s Hellraiser, it’s always been torture porn-y to a certain extent. Lol

      • Rohan

        Yeah, but more of a hint at it. Like you see the outcome of the torture but not the act itself. If you do see it, it’s very fast, and not like, say, the fuckin limb turner in Saw 47. This has what looks to be a long ass sequence with a dude being tortured to death.

        • Saturn

          The limb turner was in Saw 49, Saw 47 was the one with the limb rotator.
          Easy mistake to make though, as both had flashback scenes to the ‘hood while continuing the space-station story-line.

          • Rohan

            That’s right, I forgot the storyline of saw 49. That had the brilliant twist of having John Kramer actually be the actor Tobin Bell, and how it turned out to be a prequel to Saw 34 when Tobin Bell drank titty milk from a space walrus.

          • Saturn

            Ahem – spoiler alert!

  • J Jett

    this actually looks pretty good EXCEPT for the non-cenobite characters. they are all cast with actors/actresses that look like they came directly from an episode of BAYWATCH. i definitely like all the cenobites (especially the scarred face cenobite(?) guy) and even Pinhead looks pretty good. it’s the Baywatch perfect looks models that ruin this trailer. that being said, i think this could be a good/decent movie!

  • This is what Straight to DVD looks like when there is actual effort lol, it looks like a mixture of the original films with a modern campy vibe to it

  • Hayden Koutras

    Woah. I already had expectations for this (not extremely high, but i’ve been excited)
    and this looks awesome.

  • Niels Johansen

    Its not a sequel its not a remake it looks like a very good fan film and nothing more, but thatss good enough for me 🙂

  • IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME, I’M SO HYPED!! Can’t wait for us to (ahem) finally judge the film for ourselves. For those wanting a taste of director Gary J. Tunnicliffe’s vision of Hellraiser, here is the fan film he directed back in 2006.

    • Arthur Filg

      that fan film sucked and this movie looks like dog shit.

      • RKSDooM

        Oh look at you! YOU’RE ADORABLE!

        • Arthur Filg

          **kiss, kiss**

      • dukeblues

        All fan films look like shit.

    • Senna4ever

      Are people forgetting that Gary J. Tunnicliffe wrote Revelations and it’s terrible?

      • He didn’t direct it, and has spoken out about what Dimension did to it.

    • Tetra-Gramaton-Cleric

      I had no idea he made that film. It’s very good despite the small budget.

  • Dannyll Kaanan

    Horrible tag line why don’t they jut remake the original and send it to theaters. I just don’t get why they haven’t made a pinhead movie For theaters

    • Clive Barker actually wrote a screenplay for a loose remake of the original that sounded awesome, but Dimension Films has been sitting on it ever since.

      • gabriel

        It may need a female lead. That’ll get it greenlit pretty damn fast in today’s female empowerment movement

        • Saturn

          You know something, I’d be willing to accept a Hellraiser reboot that does away with Pinhead altogether, and maybe has a new version of the female Cenobite from the first 2 movies.
          A whole new world of Cenobites could be created.

          • J Jett

            Saturn, i’d definitely be up for Pinhead-less HELLRAISER film.

          • Saturn

            If it were announced that a new Hellraiser was on the way, and Pinhead wouldn’t be in it, it would make the internet explode.
            But personally I feel that’s what the franchise needs, a totally fresh approach (but I’ll hold full judgement until I see the new one).

          • Simon Allen

            I can almost hear the screaming already …HELLRAISER WITH NO PINHEAD !!!
            Also, this looks terrible .

          • Saturn

            I dunno, there seems to be enough in the trailer to peak my interest, so I’m going to watch it with an open – but hopeful – mind.
            Hopefully those involved have shown the original movie the respect it deserved, and gets things back on track again.

          • Simon Allen

            You really are a glass half full kinda guy …..well done 🙂 .

          • Saturn

            That’s my attitude towards life – especially down the pub.
            I don’t get depressed because my pint of beer is half empty, I celebrate that it’s half full.
            And I already have the next pint lined up anyways, so….

          • gabriel

            Cara Delevigne and Jane Levy would make great Cenobites

          • Saturn

            Tilda Swinton too!

        • To be fair, Pinhead actually was a woman in Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, which the original film was based on. Doug Bradley is just the iconic version that everyone is familiar with.

          • gabriel

            damn, that’s pretty cool

          • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

            Had a feminine voice. I don’t think the gender was specified.

    • Adam Clifton

      The Weinsteins won’t let him. Fortunately this series will soon be out of Weinstein control since their company is now bankrupt and they have to sell their films and tv products. Which explains why this new Hellraiser is suddenly off the shelf

      • Lionsgate Films is distributing Hellraiser: Judgment. If they now own the rights, the franchise isn’t going to get much better. Lionsgate is trying to become the new Dimension Films, as they continue to make glorified fan films of once great horror properties, including Saw 3D, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Blair Witch (2016), Leatherface, Jigsaw, ETC. They’re new endgame seems to be to make lazy sequels and fill them with Easter Eggs so no one will notice.

        • Adam Clifton

          Hellraiser: Judgement has already been filmed so they might as well release it. The next one from this one will be the true test

  • gabriel

    Looks like Pinhead could be in 1 or 2 scenes in the whole movie. SMH. Still worth a watch

  • Adam Clifton

    When the first second of the trailer started it was already better than Hellraiser: Revelations. Looking forward to this one now

  • Capt Sensible

    This looks worthy

  • DukeStKing

    That, actually looks pretty damn good! And I haven’t seen a Hellraiser movie since the second one.

  • I Am Colossus

    So….hold the fuck on….they made ANOTHER ,”detective vs. pinhead” movie?!?! They made 2 others didn’t they?!

    • Draven

      After the fourth film I lost track of which film is which myself.

    • Mike

      This is the second one. Inferno was the only detective vs. Pinhead movie.

      • Drakk_Mallor

        Hellseeker was kinda a detective story with Mayhem O’Reilly trying to piece his past back together.

  • Draven

    I’ll give it a go but I’ll probably end up regretting it.

    • OnlyManWhoCan

      I imagine this is what a lot of people think when trying the puzzle box!

  • djambi

    Ugh. I hate seeing my beloved Cenobites done like this. It all looks so cheap and played out.

    Someone promise Clive Barker a cruise ship full of cocaine if he promises to fix what they’ve done to the Hellraiser series.

    • Mike Magnano

      I literally fell over laughing at the last part….hahah

    • Drakk_Mallor

      I don’t think Barker does drugs of any kind anymore. From how he looked and sounded in the Nightbreed special features I’d say they’d kinda caught up with him.

      • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

        He had throat cancer from all those shitty cigars. Never heard him admit to taking drugs.

        • Drakk_Mallor

          If Clive Barker, Doug Bradley, Pete Atkins and maybe Oliver Parker never once in their lives sat around together and shared a joint or something then I don’t know what to believe.

  • Angus Macready

    Looks promising, but I’ve been burnt before. Not quite sure about that Psycho Mantis looking character from Metal Gear Solid, god help me if he reads my Bluray hardrive like the PlayStation memory card back in the day. “I see you like midget porn”….

    • dukeblues

      Metal Gear Solid…. good times. I can’t stand video games now but that was a fun one. Tenchu too

  • dukeblues

    I’ve tried watching a few of the sequels and they were so terribly acted I had to stop. But this looks interesting

  • Call me crazy, but this looks like it has some potential. The new version of ‘It’ showed that not all remakes are bad things…

    • august23rd

      While people hated it, I actually really enjoyed “Inferno”… it was a mind F* (rhymes with luck), was it perfect no, none of these are… **** personally I want a book accurate adaptation of “Hell bound Heart” directed by Clive Barker himself.

      • HalesTales

        Thank you! Inferno is one of my favorites.

  • Senna4ever

    “we are blessed to have several sequels”

    Have they changed the meaning of the word recently?

    • august23rd

      Cenobites can be regarded as “Angels to Some, Demons to others”, so given the same context, why can’t this be a blessing.

      • Senna4ever

        Because we are not talking about the metaphysical meaning of what a Cenobite may or may not be perceived as to fictional characters in fictional films.

        We are talking about the very clear piss poor writing, directing, acting and producing of the terrible sequels.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    This doesn’t have its hooks in me, unlike the Marillion song.

    • Otterlee


      • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

        Hooks In You

  • Luca Vasto

    Not bad, certainly a huge step forward compared to the terrible Revelations.
    Taylor as Pinhead is ok 😉

  • abyx34

    “and doesn’t even focus on the now-iconic Pinhead”

    Hmm… I wonder why they used it for the movie cover/poster then… I never liked Pinhead to be honest, IMO the true star of the movie was always the Lemarchand’s box and the atmosphere.

  • Alanmac

    Liked the opening a lot but then it started looking like a syfy channel thing after that. Definitely gonna watch it tho. The whole gimp with blades outfit there at the end kinda ruined the feel they had going in the last few seconds but oh well. I’m still interested enough.

  • FortesqueX

    Everyone here keeps shitting on “Revelations,” mostly because Doug Bradley wasn’t in it…but I’ve got news for you – it wasn’t great (obviously) and the guy playing Pinhead sucked (obviously), but it was better than both “Inferno” and the god-awful “Hellworld” put together…both of which starred Bradley as Pinhead, so…

    • DS Ullery

      I went into Revelations with a surprisingly open mind. The way I saw it, once Hellworld became a thing we were pretty much all the way down the rabbit hole. It’s hard to imagine a film series going lower than rock bottom and Hellworld landed there with an echoing crash.
      Then I actually saw Revelations and realized yes, things could actually get worse.
      Based on the skid row quality of the production, my guess would be the average horror fan spent more on renting the film then the studio did on producing it. Add to that a sub par Pinhead with a costume so cheap he looks like Hellraiser cosplay and an awful screenplay that has the audacity to attempt what amounts to a half assed remake of the original film (ie family member goes missing, escapes hell, tries to get someone to replace him.. .etc) and that movie deserves every shred of criticism it earned. What a steaming pile of shit.

  • Mark

    nope looks crap, something made for syfy

    • Necro

      I respect your opinion, well everyone’s for that matter, but you got all that from a 2 minute trailer?

  • Jon Macmenamin

    Looks cheap and what fleeting acting in the trailer looks amateur at best. Shame the Clive Barker re-boot never came to fruition…

  • HalesTales

    I’m ready for this one. I’m thinking it’ll be good.

    • Necro

      There you go Hales that’s the Horror spirit!

      • HalesTales

        Thanks, Necro! I’m always optimistic, but having tracked the progress of this film for a while, I really do have faith in it.

  • beeba jay

    I will watch with an open mind….

  • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

    They got it wrong. Cenobites are not evil. They’re just passionate about their craft. They are not evil. They are passionate!

    • Drakk_Mallor

      Angels to some, demons to others.

      • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

        That’s how people perceive them. Specially in the book.

  • IconOfSin

    I do not wish to step on any toes here but I wanna plug something to the horror community. I run a non-profit horror blog and just want some more eyes on it. I do mostly lists and editorials, with some reviews and news. I know self promotion is usually frowned upon but the horror community has always been kinder, as I say it’s non-profit and just a passion project but feedback is always welcome. if you wanna check it out.

    Have to say though, this film looks sorta promising. An improvement over Revelations, Deader and Hellworld hopefully. Also, I like some of the love Inferno has been getting in the comments, I always enjoyed it and find it to be the best film in the series outwith the first two. The makeup on Pinhead looks better than in some previous instalments. For the love I bear the first two, I will keep an open mind.

  • John Nada

    Really looking forward to this! First heard about it on the Clive Barker Cast. Very interesting interview.

  • Jason Chocianowski

    I hope it is better than the last few attempts!

  • DeadFuck

    Why start making good Hellraiser films now?

  • Kyle Cole

    Yeah I looked it up. I typed in hellraiser judgment and the blu ray and dvd comes up

  • Evan3

    Gotta admit that this looks pretty good. Like they amped up the sex and horror. I still don’t see how these diverse plot threads will hold together to make a coherent movie.

  • pickin_grinnin

    This might as well just be a generic demons/Hell movie. Evil, judgment, and punishment have nothing to do with Hellraiser.

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