The Hellraiser remake is currently in production. And according to producer and co-writer David S. Goyer, the Hulu horror movie looks good. Really good. Here’s what Goyer said about filming the remake and what fans of the franchise can expect.
Hulu picked up the ‘Hellraiser’ remake in May of 2021
Earlier this summer, Hulu picked up the newest adaptation of Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart. Directed by The Night House’s David Bruckner and produced by Spyglass Media, it’s the 11th in the lucrative franchise.
Barker adapted the 1987 Hellraiser movie from his own material; it involves a sexual deviant opening a portal to hell. As a result, S&M demons can enter the world through a puzzle box called the Lemarchand Configuration.
The new version stars Odessa A’Zion; little is currently known about the plot, but the movie is reported to be currently shooting in Serbia as of September 2021.
In an interview with /Film, Blade’s Goyer said the movie is in production and teases a “beautiful” film.
“[We’re] shooting as we speak,” Goyer told /Film. “We’re about two-thirds of the way through it, and it’s going to be pretty neat.”
Goyer also promised that the movie would be faithful to the Hellraiser mythology, a value significant to the iconic horror franchise fans. “David Bruckner is definitely sticking true to the mythology, but also reinventing some of it,” said Goyer. “I think it’s going to be beautiful and terrifying.”
The ‘Hellraiser’ remake director said it’s ‘sacred material’
The movie’s director certainly agrees with Goyer. In his own interview with CBR.com, Bruckner said the ‘Hellraiser’ horror mythology is “sacred material.” As a result of this belief, he said he has anxiety.
“It’s humbling and magnificent,” Bruckner told CBR. “Frankly, any anxiety I feel about dabbling with such sacred material… There’s nothing like Hellraiser. It hits you in the strangest ways, in so many different places.”
Continuing, Bruckner said the horror movie material “challenges” its audience and called working on the movie a “joy.”
“But I think that what really surprised me, jumping into the creative process here and having developed this routine for quite some time is that it’s such a fascinating, incredible world,” he said.
“It pushes us and challenges us in so many different ways. It’s a magnificent universe. It’s frankly a joy to work on. I hope they’ll make Hellraiser movies forever. And as a fan, I will show up for all of them and it’s just a real pleasure to be a part of another one.”
The ‘Hellraiser’ franchise is expansive
The groundbreaking 1987 film has spawned an entire universe. Aside from 10 films between 1987 and 2018, there are also books — some written by Barker himself — and a series of Epic comics.
The horror film series, however, has been highly successful. As a result of its compelling popularity, the legendary movie franchise has raked in nearly $56,000,000 between the 10 movies released so far. The last sequel in the series, Dimension’s Hellraiser: Judgment, hit theaters in February 2018.
Fans will undoubtedly be ready for the “beautiful” and “terrifying” experience to continue. The movie is expected to skip the box office and head straight to streaming on Hulu in 2022.