“A take on Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic where a young woman struggling with addiction comes into possession of an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites.”

Director: David Bruckner
Writers: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski, David S. Goyer
Staring: Odessa A’zion, Jamie Clayton, Adam Faison, Drew Starkey, Brandon Flynn, Aoife Hinds, Jason Liles, Tinka Olorunnife, Selina Lo, Zachary Hing
Rating: R
Release Date: October 7, 2022

I just watched the original Hellraiser (1987) and was very pleasantly surprised and spooked. Now I have to watched the remake because I love torturing myself.

This Hellraiser is a reboot of the franchise. There are some very obvious changes in the story right off the jump, most notably the way main characters are younger all around, the way the cube is given to these young adults is by means of a “priest” and not of a cafe peddler, and the character of Pinhead (Jamie Clayton) is distinctly more female than in the original.

The most drastic change, I am assuming, is that this version of Hellraiser is going to be far gorier than the original. The 1987 version is not for the faint of heart, but the practical effects made it palatable to someone of the weaker stomach. With updated special effects, and a director who is not afraid to go balls to the walls, the 2022 version of Hellraiser is going to make some stomachs churn.

David Bruckner is this director of this hellish adventure. This is his first break into a mainstream franchise/event after contributing to the success of V/H/S (2012) and the wonderfully entertaining and properly creepy Netflix streaming hit The Ritual (2017). I have not seen The Night House (2020), which is currently streaming on HBO MAX, but it has been in my queue since its arrival on the service. I suppose I can experience Bruckner completionism and watch The Night House too.

Anyone else think of It with the bloody sink? I can’t help think of Beverly and Pennywise.

Overall, the Hellraiser trailer is very spooky and makes me scared to watch it. I do have one concern though. Are we going to get the Cenobites really early on? Part of what made Clive Barker’s so thrilling to watch is that you had the anticipation of knowing when the monsters of evil were going to show up. I wonder if knowing the demented beings before watching the story made that drama more exciting than the original viewers in 1987? Like me knowing about Pinhead and witnessing his reveal made Hellraiser 1987 even more awesome. Is there something even more exciting about the 2022 version? I hope so.

Come the end of the trailer, we get a familiar video and audio cue. The sounds of chains plows through the speakers as Pinhead is looking down on someone. There are hooks on the end of these chains. I can guarantee it.

Who is ready for some chains and hooks?

Hellraiser came out on October 7th on Hulu. I will be watching it soon and probably not like it a ton but I am going to do it anyway. Do it for the movie list. Do it for numbers. Do it for the scares.

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