Right now over at the SFX magazine site, there is a report of the legendary CLIVE BARKER creation HELLRAISER film horror franchise potentially into a soon to be television series of some kind. This news comes very soon after BARKER announced the chances of another of his films, the unfairly neglected but influential and fantastic fantasy horror NIGHTBREED also being seriously considered for television adaptation.
I am personally an ardent continuing fan of most HELLRAISER movies and the other forms that it has been presented in since the original movie and the novella written before that. Now, yes the last few HELLRAISER sequels have certainly been of very dubious, repeatedly shamefully low quality generally that this could actually be the way ahead some might think. It might rightly be that due to the success of AMERICAN HORROR STORY and other lesser recent dark genre television series success stories the franchise was quickly considered.
In the very recent past the latest sequel in the film series, HELLRAISER-REVELATIONS has been released, but is most likely another cheaply produced dud in the series. I have just got hold of a copy, so would like to hope in some small way that there just might be some redeeming parts within.
There have been sequel movies, new short stories, comic influenced tales, inspired tales from other writers, hopefully more of the HELLRAISER world and PINHEAD from the creator himself CLIVE BARKER. Could a television series be the right, most suitable format for the tales? Where the movies sequel of the last decade or more have largely really missed opportunities over and again, would this be the chance to really give fans what they want finally? Or is the HELLRAISER world best left up on the big screen or feature film form, where the blood can really flow and terror go much further?
I greatly admired the first three movies, then waited in great anticipation for the fourth-BLOODLINE-which many really hated and then the chain of very confused, cheaper, more vague, rushed sequels came along. HELLRAISER:INFERNO was actually not too bad, and deserves more credit. The others do seem suspiciously like rewritten spec screenplays, with PINHEAD lumped in very briefly for a few minutes if that each time.
It could a sanitised, simplified retread, simply cashing in but could it be much worse than what the previous movie sequels have provided?
Angels to some, Demons to others, the Cenobites could be in a box in your own living room soon enough…