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Get ready to raise some hell with a Hellraiser TV series

04.03.2012

HELLRAISER, based on the cult franchise, is about to be reborn on the small screen, courtesy of Sonar Entertainment, which is co-developing with Eric Gardner's Panacea Ent.

For those unfamiliar, HELLRAISER focuses on a puzzle box that opens a gateway to the Hell-like realm of the Cenobites, an order of formerly human monsters who harvest human souls to torture in sadomasochistic experiments.  The leader of the Cenobites is referred to as Pinhead, whose visage has been littered across the horror genre culture.  Even if you haven't seen the films, you surely know the face.

This news fits in line with the trend of horror-themed shows hitting the airwaves of late, particularly shows like SUPERNATURAL and the recent hit AMERICAN HORROR STORY, which I thought was brilliant.  I'm not sure how I feel about a HELLRAISER show, as it's a pretty dark tale, involving Hell, demons, and of course, torture.

The newly appointed chief executive of Sonar entertainment, Stewart Till, said "I've spent more time in film than in television, and I see that a lot of values of film, which are great writers, great directors, are becoming more and more relevant in television."

"The gap between an O.K. show and a great show is getting bigger and bigger and our obsession going forward will be to find high quality shows that people really want," said Till. "If you look at our slate, you'll see shows that have either a great brand name like 'King Tut' or 'Hellraiser' that arrive with a recognition, a build-in marketing platform and/or a great writer like 'MPH' with Steven E. De Souza."

HELLRAISER is still in early development at this stage.  Stay tuned for updates.

Extra Tidbit: Would you rather see another film, be it a sequel or reboot, or do you think Hellraiser has run it's course on the big screen and ready for TV treatment?
Source: Variety

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1:50PM on 04/04/2012
I enjoyed the first two movies (we won't talk about the others). I'd rather see a reboot where Barker has some real authority over the production or a series that can stay faithful to the tone of the films (HBO? Showtime? AMC? FX?)If we can't have that,(and I'm probably in the minority here) how about a follow-up/reboot to the underrated Nightbreed(Cabal)?
I enjoyed the first two movies (we won't talk about the others). I'd rather see a reboot where Barker has some real authority over the production or a series that can stay faithful to the tone of the films (HBO? Showtime? AMC? FX?)If we can't have that,(and I'm probably in the minority here) how about a follow-up/reboot to the underrated Nightbreed(Cabal)?
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8:43AM on 04/04/2012
It'll be a tough balancing act to get Hellraiser right on the small screen. Cerebral gore - has to be genuinely horrific but not just mindless schlok. Hellraiser should be shocking but thought provoking - visually interesting but with meaningful reasons for everything you're experiencing. A tough one to get right.
It'll be a tough balancing act to get Hellraiser right on the small screen. Cerebral gore - has to be genuinely horrific but not just mindless schlok. Hellraiser should be shocking but thought provoking - visually interesting but with meaningful reasons for everything you're experiencing. A tough one to get right.
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4:50AM on 04/04/2012
This seriously depends on the network. With the exception of AMC (and even that's doubtful), I'd hate to see this end up on basic cable. But if HBO or Showtime picked it up? I'm fuckin there.

Still...what the hell happened to the reboot that Clive Barker was writing??
This seriously depends on the network. With the exception of AMC (and even that's doubtful), I'd hate to see this end up on basic cable. But if HBO or Showtime picked it up? I'm fuckin there.

Still...what the hell happened to the reboot that Clive Barker was writing??
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3:59PM on 04/03/2012
Can't be worse then Revelations...
Can't be worse then Revelations...
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3:53PM on 04/03/2012

Yeah

If they make this like the comic book stories, i'm down.
If they make this like the comic book stories, i'm down.
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3:30PM on 04/03/2012
Well since every other so called horror show isn't scary, I'm betting this won't be either! But if they do make it scary as fuck, I'm so there!
Well since every other so called horror show isn't scary, I'm betting this won't be either! But if they do make it scary as fuck, I'm so there!
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3:21PM on 04/03/2012
Hellraiser is just about my favorite horror mythos, I'd hate to see it tamed down for broadcast TV. And ultimately what I'd like is for Clive Barker, creator himself, have something to do with a new film, maybe a sequel to the 2nd that overlooks the rest of the series, even a reboot or adaptation of another book in the series, or just a new tale from the universe.
Hellraiser is just about my favorite horror mythos, I'd hate to see it tamed down for broadcast TV. And ultimately what I'd like is for Clive Barker, creator himself, have something to do with a new film, maybe a sequel to the 2nd that overlooks the rest of the series, even a reboot or adaptation of another book in the series, or just a new tale from the universe.
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2:48PM on 04/03/2012
I haven't seen any sequels past #3, but I love the first two movies. I don't have high hopes for the show, but I also don't have any problems with them making it. Who knows, it might actually end up being good.
I haven't seen any sequels past #3, but I love the first two movies. I don't have high hopes for the show, but I also don't have any problems with them making it. Who knows, it might actually end up being good.
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2:03PM on 04/03/2012

Let it die...

I just saw the latest film on netflix (the Doug Bradley-less one) and it was horrible. Even for a DTV movie it was surprisingly bad. I even enjoyed (to an extent) the two before that dealing with the internet and cults.

I just saw the latest film on netflix (the Doug Bradley-less one) and it was horrible. Even for a DTV movie it was surprisingly bad. I even enjoyed (to an extent) the two before that dealing with the internet and cults.

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2:15PM on 04/03/2012
I mean with the news of Michael Bay taking over the Halloween franchise and the utter success storys that where Freddys nightmares and the Friday the 13th series this can surely only mean good things for horror fans >.<
I mean with the news of Michael Bay taking over the Halloween franchise and the utter success storys that where Freddys nightmares and the Friday the 13th series this can surely only mean good things for horror fans >.<
4:54AM on 04/04/2012
The one without Doug Bradley wasn't even DTV. It was Direct-To-Bullshit. It was intentionally made for only purpose: so the studio could keep the franchise rights. And they screened it in exactly one theater.

I'm not even sure how it managed to make its way onto Netflix.
The one without Doug Bradley wasn't even DTV. It was Direct-To-Bullshit. It was intentionally made for only purpose: so the studio could keep the franchise rights. And they screened it in exactly one theater.

I'm not even sure how it managed to make its way onto Netflix.
1:43PM on 04/03/2012

really?

haven't they butchered this francise enough all ready?
haven't they butchered this francise enough all ready?
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