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Hellraiser Reboot Release Date, Cast And Plot

A new generation is set to be traumatized by the nightmare-inducing vision of Clive Barker, king of weird horror.

Barker is an English playwright, novelist, and screenwriter who rose to prominence in the 1980s with his unique horror aesthetic. He is the author of a multitude of short stories and novels, including Damnation Game (1985), Weaveworld (1987), and Cabal (1988). Perhaps his most indelible work of prose, though, is the novella The Hellbound Heart, which was adapted by Barker himself into the 1987 horror classic Hellraiser. 

The film ultimately earned nine sequels and a veritable media empire made up of comic books, tie-in novels and truckloads of gothic merch. The Hellraiser franchise has lain dormant since 2018's Hellraiser: Judgment, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, that's all about to change. Rising star of horror filmmaking David Bruckner (The Night House, V/H/S) is set to reimagine the '80s classic for a new audience.

Bruckner's Night House was a major hit at the Sundance Film Festival (held every February in Park City, Utah), so great potential exists for his team to bring Barker's unique vision back to the silver screen in a unique and exciting way. Here's everything we know about the project.

Who is in the cast of the Hellraiser reboot?

While no official casting news has been released so far, we do know quite a bit about the talent working behind the camera. In addition to Bruckner, Night House screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski are on board to pen the reboot. This is welcome news for fans, as Night House sported a crackerjack screenplay — and more than a couple of Hellraiser's recent sequels have left a bit to be desired in the writing department.

While Bruckner made his directorial debut on 2007's The Signal, the two-headed monster that is Collins and Piotrowski were busy penning indie films like Stephanie and Super Dark Times. Night House was the first collaboration between the team. Hollywood titan David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is also onboard to produce the reboot, as well as draft the story that will feed Collins' and Piotrowski's script.

Out of all the characters from Barker's original Hellraiser franchise, the evil Cenobite leader Pinhead is by far the most iconic; he was portrayed in the first eight films by veteran actor Doug Bradley, whose absence was sorely felt in 2011's Hellraiser: Revelations and 2018's Hellraiser: Judgment. Pinhead's pointy visage has been at the center of the franchise's comics, films and merch since its inception, so we'll be particularly interested to find out who is tapped to take on the nefarious role.

What is the release date of the Hellraiser reboot?

No firm release date has been set for the new Hellraiser, though we can infer a potential release window from the information announced by THR. IMDb currently classifies the project as in development, which means pre-production has not yet begun. Fortunately, with the project's director and screenwriters already in place, there should be some movement on the production before too long. Projects can often languish in development for years while producers are searching for the right creative team, but we can be reasonably assured that this won't be the case here. 

However, the lag between pre-production and theatrical release is often 12-18 months, depending on the complexity of the project, so it's safe to say we won't be seeing the new Hellraiser before 2022. It is worth noting that Bruckner's reboot has a $14 million budget, a pretty respectable sum for a horror flick, and an amount which dwarfs any previous Hellraiser film by a substantial margin — so this could be a reboot with more moving parts than most. We'll update this page with a release date once it becomes available.

What is the plot of the Hellraiser reboot?

The original Hellraiser film was Barker's first attempt at directing a feature, an effort that he followed up with the underrated Nightbreed in 1990. Hellraiser film largely followed the plot of Barker's novella; the plot involved the resurrection of a man named Frank (Sean Chapman), who had his body dismembered by Cenobites, evil monsters from another dimension. After their mother's death, Frank's brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) moves into their childhood home and spills blood in the attic, initiating Frank's resurrection. Frank's revenant form demands more blood, which sends Larry and his wife Julia (Claire Higgins) on a quest that will ultimately lead them to the Pinhead.

Hellraiser divided critics, but it earned enough of a following among horror fans to merit its many sequels. Now, with Bruckner primed to reboot the franchise for the modern day, fans are understandably hungry for details. The story team is keeping pretty mum, but it's reasonable to speculate that the reboot will take the franchise back to the beginning, and the earliest discovery of the puzzle box that opens the pathway to the Cenobite dimension, rather than working within the continuity established by the first 10 films.

Just how true Bruckner's team will stay to Barker's source material, though, is anyone's guess at this point. As soon as any concrete information surfaces, we'll be sure to report it right here.