When Gary J. Tunnicliffe waxes lyrical on the Hellraiser series, it’s worth standing up and taking notice.
Now on the verge of its tenth instalment, Hellraiser: Judgment, Tunnicliffe recently appeared on the latest episode of The Movie Crypt podcast (h/t Bloody Disgusting), in which the series veteran and frequent make-up artist teased some of the brutal horrors in store.
Directing from his own script, Hellraiser: Judgment is very much a passion project for Tunnicliffe, who told hosts Adam Green and Joe Lynch that he’s never had as much fun – nor has he worked so hard – during the production of Judgment. And yes, the end product will be fluent in scares and gruesome deaths.
I had the most fun on that I’ve ever had, and I’ve never worked so hard on a Hellraiser film, but we had a great time. We did two sequences where… one the actress almost passed out… a scene that you especially, Adam… you are going to freak the fuck out. I’ll tell you off air about it, and when I explain it to you, you’re going to be like, ‘Jesus Christ.’ Involving a small dog. No, the dog doesn’t get hurt. But it goes through some… trauma. And then we had three grips leave the set during a sequence when they said, ‘This is utterly screwed up.’
For the historic tenth movie, Gary J. Tunnicliffe and his team have conjured up a three-fold story involving three detectives – namely Sean Carter, David Carter, and Christine Egerton – as they begin to uncover a threat of “otherworldy proportions.” Looks like Pinhead is up to his old tricks.
Either way, the casting docket has been filled by Paul T. Taylor, Heather Langenkamp, Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, Rheagan Wallace, John Gulagher, Mike Jay Regan, Diane Goldner, Andi Powers, Jeff Fenter, Helena Grace Donald, and Grace Montie.
There’s been no mention of a release date for Hellraiser: Judgment, only that Gary J. Tunnicliffe’s long-awaited sequel will be distributed by Dimension Films. But tell us, are you anticipating the return of ol’ Pinhead? Or are you of the belief that the Hellraiser series should really be laid to rest? Let us know your thoughts via the comments section below.