Pascal Laugier No Longer Raising Hell

Pascal LaugierA few weeks back I sat down with my Hellraiser Blu-ray, mindful of the fact that it was soon to be dusted off and dragged back to the multiplexes for a whole new generation of horror fans. It’s a hard film to picture existing with modern day sensibilities.

I mean, I’d expect the principal characters to be a lot younger (kids don’t like watching movies starring “old people” after all), the focus to be more “Pinhead-centric”, and the dialogue and character depth to be kept to a striking minimum.

But that’s just me being cynical.

After all, they had the director of one of my favorite recent horror films, Martyrs, attached to helm the triumphant resurrection of Brother Frank.

Until today.

Via his official Twitter account Clive Barker reported that Pascal Laugier is regrettably no longer on the Hellraiser remake. Bummer! Laugier would’ve been a shoe-in to capture some of the most grotesque sights of the Hellraiser universe while keeping an emotional investment in the characters (at least, if Martyrs is any indication). But in the wake of him walking away, the project suddenly seems boring and desperate again. Maybe Dimension will find the right person to take the reins, but c’mon. What’s wrong with letting a classic movie rest in peace?


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Matt Serafini

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  • Chainsaw

    They’ll get someone who’s a first time feature director who won’t do shit for it. This is the, what, 3rd guy they’ve gone with who has an “edge” to their filmmaking and everyone of them have either walked away or been fired.

    I get the feeling Dimension will settle for the next guy who’s willing to tow the line, and it’ll get made, and it’ll be terrible. But maybe I’m being too cynical (fat chance).

  • bloody mary

    i cant believe this.
    there goes all my excitement for a new hellraiser.
    having laugier on it had me totally amped.

  • LSD Zombie

    What a great first experience with an American film studio.

  • Kane86

    This is not meant to be. ITs cursed all these people walking off just proves that this film CAN NOT BE REMADE!!!

    Anyone wonder if it will just get turned into a prequel at some point?

  • Caterpillar

    Since Laugier recently delivered his script I have to assume that the Weinsteins weren’t happy with it and that he refused to make the changes they asked for, therefore getting the boot. Same thing happened to the INSIDE directors too, actually. Maybe they should hire someone without personal vision this time.

  • Sirand

    This project is doomed. Everyone keeps walking from it. Let it rest in peace. We don’t need a mainstream douched-up Weinstein Hellraiser.


    Why Not Rob Zombie? The box could be found in a trailer park this time? Dimension…Please don’t take that idea.