ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

As you might have heard, Clive Barker's horror classic 'Hellraiser' is due to be remade/rebooted. Barker claims that he is not a fan of modern effects/CGI etc, and that he also wants Doug Bradley to return as the main character, Pinhead.

On the 24th October 2013, Clive Barker claimed that he is still as passionate for practical makeup effects as he was in 1987.

"What can I tell you about it? Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if not inhabited by a first-rate actor. I told the Dimension team that in my opinion there could never be a Pinhead without Doug Bradley, and much to my delight Bob Weinstein agreed. So once the papers are signed , I will open a Lemarchand Configuration, dip my quill in its contents and start writing."

I was very happy to hear this, because I totally agree with Clive in the sense that there is nothing better than practical effects. When we live in an age of advanced technology and a large portion of the movies being made recently rely heavily upon computer effects, it's so nice to hear news like this. I would honestly say that Franks reanimation/re-transformation scene in the original is probably up in the ranks with the werewolf transformation in 'An American Werewolf In London' (which by the way, is also getting the all too familiar remake treatment).

  • Pascal Laugier (when still attached to the project), described the new script as more of a reboot than a remake, as a lot of the material is to be taken from the original 1986 Clive Barker Novella 'The Hellbound Heart'. The new movie will be fully titled "Clive Barker presents: Hellraiser", even though Barker will only serve as a producer instead of a director, as he claims "I'd feel too weird directing a remake of my own movie"

Despite the fact that Doug Bradley is coming back to play the infamous lead role, he is apparently going to have a new look. How I feel about this? Well, I'm not too sure. I'm obviously more than pleased that the legend himself is coming back, but being as old fashioned as I am, I think it would be nicer to see him in his original costume. No word as of yet if Nicholas Burman-Vince, Barbie Wilde/Grace Kirby or Simon Bamford are coming back to reprise their roles as the original cenobites, so I'll be sure to update the article as soon as I hear any news regarding that.

What are your thoughts on changing the look of Pinhead?


Should Pinhead have a new look for the upcoming movie?

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