In a cinematic landscape where the only horror films currently being greenlit by studios are remakes, you’d think that a brand new Hellraiser sequel would be a sight for sore eyes. And indeed, it probably would have been, if original writer/director Clive Barker had been involved in any way. Unfortunately, this is now the ninth film in the series and it was directed by Victor Garcia (Mirrors 2, Return to House on Haunted Hill) and written by Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Megalodon, Guardian). It looks like direct-to-video fare all the way, and to make matters worse, it’s the first Hellraiser movie that doesn’t star Doug Bradley as Pinhead.
Word on the street is that The Weinstein Company threw this thing together just so they could retain the rights to the franchise. Clive Barker himself is none too pleased by the project; he recently tweeted, “I want to put on record that the flic out there using the word Hellraiser IS NO FUCKIN’ CHILD OF MINE!” and “If they claim its from the mind of Clive Barker,it’s a lie. It’s not even from my butt-hole.” His name is used in the trailer and apparently the story is loosely based on Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart… that’s gotta hurt. But hey, it’s refreshing to see them update Hellraiser by adding a found footage angle, right? Uh, yeah. Hellraiser: Revelations hits DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump.