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Clive Barker talks Hellraiser remake rating, plus what he has up next

10.28.2013by: Eric Walkuski

On Friday we were all startled by the news that Clive Barker had agreed with Dimension Films to pen the HELLRAISER remake the studio has been trying to get off the ground for ages (and starring Doug Bradley to boot). With that came much relief, and added intrigue, regarding a project that previously had most of us unexcited, to say the least. But also many questions arise; key among them, what will this HELLRAISER be rated? Barker took to Facebook once again to address this matter, plus give us a hint at what will come after the remake.

As questions are asked I'll do my best to answer them, though as you all know making movies is a volatile art, and things seldom remain fixed. One question regarding the rating has been asked. I asked it too, and Dimension confirmed that they are purely interested in an R rated picture. Somebody else asked why I'm not writing something original. The answer is that I am. After HELLRAISER I intend to write and direct a completely new horror movie, which will mingle graphic horror and erotic content, to create an unrated film which will push the envelope of extreme content further than ever...

It is simply impossible to picture a HELLRAISER movie of any kind rated anything less than R, but it's still heartening to know Barker and Dimension are starting on the right track. It's also good to know that the author is conjuring up a brand new horror tale; years ago he threatened he was done with horror for good. Obviously he couldn't stay away, and we're all grateful for it.

Extra Tidbit: Now that it has had time to sink in, what do you think about Barker tackling HELLRAISER once again?
Source: Facebook

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4:38PM on 10/28/2013

So, what's the point?

I loved the original film (with all its flaws...there are plenty) but I don't understand remaking it with the same writer. What new will be brought to it? The only advantage I can see is keeping Clive as the creative director, but not the film director. He had great vision in the original, but was hampered by a small budget, short schedule and inexperience behind the camera.

All things considered, it's incredible that it's as well remembered as it is.
I loved the original film (with all its flaws...there are plenty) but I don't understand remaking it with the same writer. What new will be brought to it? The only advantage I can see is keeping Clive as the creative director, but not the film director. He had great vision in the original, but was hampered by a small budget, short schedule and inexperience behind the camera.

All things considered, it's incredible that it's as well remembered as it is.
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