Laugier Dreams of Remaking 'Hellraiser'

October 29, 2008

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French director Pascal Laugier is in final negotiations to write and direct the Hellraiser remake that no one is too thrilled about besides the people doing it and probably one Halloween store that bought a bunch of surplus Pinhead masks that never sold. From THR:

Pascal Laugier, whose horror film "Martyrs" stirred controversy in his native France, is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension's re-imagining of "Hellraiser," one of horrormeister Clive Barker's best-known creations.

"This is a dream project for me," Laugier said. "I know Clive Barker's work very well, and I would never betray what he has done. Fans are expecting a definitive 'Hellraiser,' and I don't want to take that away from them."

It's nice to hear his heart is in the right place, but nope, fans are not expecting a definitive Hellraiser. Fans are expecting an unimaginatively rehashed, slightly-glossier Hellraiser. We already have the definitive Hellraise: it's Hellraiser. That will always be the definitive Hellraiser.

I don't know anyone really wants another horror remake, Pascal, but if you're really set on remaking Hellraiser, I think if you're able to make the new one the "definitive tolerable remake of Hellraiser that doesn't make it feel as if pins are being forced into your head," that will be good enough.

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