Hellraiser: Revelations is the ninth film in the Hellraiser series and will be the first to not feature Doug Bradley as Pinhead. The film bounced around for years, either rumored to be a reboot or a remake, but now that filming has wrapped, we’re getting a lot more details spilling out. First, it’s neither reboot nor remake so much as just another film in the line, though how loyal it will be to various plot points of the interminable sequels is still up in the air and probably doesn’t really matter to anyone anyway. The plot is summarized as:
[The plot] centers around a dinner party held by one of the families of two late teenage boys who ran away and went missing in Mexico. Strange video footage and items were found at their last known location, but nothing has been heard from them for over a year. The dinner party is filled with tension and strange revelations. But the evening takes an even more bizarre turn when one of the boys—beaten, bloodied, exhausted and terrified—turns up. Relief and joy are mixed with a myriad of questions and concerns and soon a mass of secrets, hidden agendas and evil truths take us on a journey into the bizarre and terrifying world of Pinhead and the Cenobites.
Eh. Nothing too exciting or surprising about that summary. It doesn’t do anything particularly original but neither does it just steal outright from previous films. The film is slated for a 2011 DVD release, which tells me two things with a decent level of confidence. First, it’s probably going to suck, because the ninth film of a series that goes straight to DVD is not exactly the sweet spot of cinematic candy. Second, no one would care about this at all if not for the fact that Doug Bradley is being replaced. If anything, it will probably do slightly better than it otherwise would, just because of horror fans who’d completely forgotten the series checking it out to rip into the new guy.
Here are the first pics from the film, showing Stephan Smith Collins in full Pinhead makeup.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with the pics, but he just doesn’t quite look the part. It’s not just that he doesn’t look like Doug Bradley, but that he just doesn’t pull off that carved-out-of-stone-about-to-devour-your-soul smoldering stare that Bradley communicates in every still frame of the character.