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Your Suffering Will Be Legendary Even In... Um... Television?

By TK Burton | Industry | April 6, 2012 |

By TK Burton | Industry | April 6, 2012 |

The Box.

You opened it.

We came.

There is a bizarre and unfortunate history to the Hellraiser franchise. Originally conceived by author Clive Barker as his short story The Hellbound Heart, it was adapted into a low-budget but surprisingly successful feature length film by Barker himself (he also directed). It then went on to spawn no fewer than nine (!) sequels, including an ultra-low budget (like, made for a buck twenty-five and a crackhead handjob) final entry in 2011 which is also the only one that, believe it or not, that I haven’t seen. It’s also the only one that doesn’t feature Doug Bradley as the infamous Pinhead. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. There is also, shockingly, a remake floating around in development hell.

ANYWAY. In an age where some of the most interesting adaptation projects (see: “Game Of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “True Blood”) are finding their way into television series’, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Hellraiser brand (and yes, it is a brand now) is possibly making its way to television as a series. There’s no network attached yet (though if it isn’t one of the pay cable stations, go ahead and just fuck right off), but Sonar Entertainment (which was once, believe it or not, Hallmark Entertainment) has snagged the rights and is seeking to make it into a series.

The good news? Larry Kuppin is serving as one of the executive producers, and he produced the first two films. The first is a legitimate horror classic, the second is much goofier (“the doctor is in — I recommend… amputation) but still a decent watch. Shit goes downhill in a hurry after those, so Kuppin was in charge when the series was at its best.

What makes the idea curious is how they could possibly make it workable. The thing with the Hellraiser franchise is that, most of the time, everybody fucking dies by the end of the films. Would it be a series of one-shots featuring Pinhead (who, incidentally is never actually called “Pinhead”) wherein new people solve the puzzle box (aka “Lemarchand’s box” or the Lament Configuration), the Cenobites (who are a sort of sado-masochistic army of Hell’s shock troops) show up, torture the shit out of them, followed by disembowelment/dismemberment?

Because that’s a series I could get behind.

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