Hellraiser: Revelations – Doug Bradley Speaks Out! Will NOT be Returning!

Doug Bradley Talks Hellraiser LegacyEvery since the ninth film in the Hellraiser franchise, Hellraiser: Revelations, was announced, there’s been one question on everyone’s mind – Will Doug Bradley be returning to play Pinhead? Can you really even imagine a Hellraisier movie without him? We went straight to the man himself for an answer and got his official statement.

“I know that many of you will have caught up with the sudden burst of Internet chatter about a new Hellraiser film going into production, and will be keen to know whether I’ve been approached to play Pinhead again, so here’s the deal …” says Bradley.

“I have been approached just in this last week (w/b 16 August) regarding a proposed new Hellraiser film. This is not the ‘remake’ which has been endlessly discussed for the last three years: with the working title Hellraiser: Revelations, it will be the ninth film in the series. I would stress that I have had no contact from, or negotiations with, anyone from Dimension Films: rather these contacts have been by way of private discussion with individuals involved with this project.”

Bradley continues, “Following these discussions, and after reading the script and giving it due consideration, I have decided not to participate. The ink is barely dry on the script, and it is scheduled to be in front of the cameras in two weeks time and in the can by the middle of next month (September 2010). The miniscule shooting schedule is more than matched by the budget.”

“Whether or not this means that somebody else will be stepping up to play Pinhead, I have no idea. I guess we can watch this space together …”

“One way or another, this does not seem to me to represent a serious attempt to revive the Hellraiser franchise. However, I wish everyone who will be directly involved in the making of this film, good luck with it.”

Hear that, Dimension? That’s the sound of hearts breaking everywhere.

Uncle Creepy

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  • James Coker

    for my money, I love the first one and Like the second one, Hell on Earth WAS an embarrassment and i Didn’t even bother seeing the other film after Hell on Earth
    I just stick with the first two thank you very much
    and Hellraiser is my 3rd Favorite Horror movie Ever

  • arandomthought

    Am I the only one that cared for the last 4. Although not great “hellraiser” movies, I felt(5&6) were better thought out then hell on earth or bloodlines. 7&8 I was just happy to see someone try something different with it. I’ll be trying this one on for size, but doubt I’ll purchase it(like I have with all the previous hellraiser films) simply due to the fact that doug bradley isnt pinhead himself.

    I wish they would bring to film some of the stories from the old ec comics.

    • The Woman In Black

      I kind of liked Deader — mostly because of the presence of Kari Wuhrer — but it had its moments.

      • LifeMi

        Deader is one of the absolute worst films I have ever seen. Fuck that film and Kari Wuhrer was terrible! As far as I’m concerned, Rick Bota was the one who completley killed this franchise.

    • Cinemascribe

      To be completely honest with you arandomthought, I didn’t just like Hellseeker, I loved it. I consider that to be the proper third chapter in the Hellraiser saga (along the same lines as how many fans consider Exorcist III:Legion to be the legitimate second part of the Exorcist saga instead of the “The Heretic”) , since they used that film to finally wrap up Kirsty Cotton’s storyline.

      Hellseeker is a surprisingly crafty and clever little film. I appreciated the fact that even though Pinhead’s appearances were again scaled back, in this particular movie each one was absolutely necessary to the plot and carried a lot of impact. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to see the scene where Kirsty and Pinhead were facing one another again. What made that scene even more compelling was that it wasn’t just a cheap throwaway to get people to rent the DVD,but rather a vital component in figuring out what’s actually happening with Kirsty’s husband Trevor.

      As to the rest, I passed on watching the sequels which followed Hellseeker. I had no real interest since, with Kirsty’s fate finally having been addressed, I felt at that point the story was done. I respect what was attempted with Inferno (ie exploring the more psychological aspects of opening the Lament Configuration), but I don’t think it was necessarily a success. I don’t consider it the utter failure some people make it out to be, but neither did it win me over.

      Of course I’ll take ANY of the other films over Bloodline. I hate that fucking movie. It began well enough, grew progressively more inane and culminated in a half assed futuristic sequence that was so inappropriate for the franchise that it made my gag reflex activate.
      “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

      • LifeMi

        What in god’s name did you like about Hellseeker?

  • Ecto-1

    The first two are great. Hell on Earth was just that. Bloodlines was a mess, but Angelique was a great idea and looked very sexy. Out of the other sequels, I did watch the one with Craig Sheffer in it but can’t really remember much from it other than I didn’t like it. It’s such a shame what has happened to this series.

    This reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head.

    That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

  • LSD Zombie

    Ugh. Any future excitement I might’ve had is now dead and gone…..

  • TheDreamMaster

    If Bradley signed on for the most recent sequels and thinks THIS one is going to suck, then I am truly scared for what’s in store for us.


  • theGoldenSimatar

    Man Bradley does have some harsh words for them. But while the series did decline in quality part 4 onwards; Bradley’s performances were interesting enough cause of what he did to make it worthwhile watching those scenes. Simply going by his words of how rushed this is no doubt there isn’t even enough mildly interesting things for Pinhead to do. Probably same ol’ same ol’

    I mean this movie aint even in on IMDB.

  • Screamz

    Huge amounts of respect for Doug for not simply donning the pins again for the sake of doing it. The last several films sucked and even had Doug signed on, I would have no faith in the new film.

    I just hope I can say R.I.P. Pinhead. May they go on without you. After all, you were supposed to not return after Hellbound anyway…

  • DavidFullam

    My respect for Doug Bradley grows and grows.

  • Tshoffie

    i cant say that i blame the guy After Bloodline the series sucked and to be honest all the sequels after bloodline Pinhead wasnt onscreen much anyways im just surprised it took him till now to say no more

    • Uncle Creepy

      I have to agree. I mean … you have an incredible character portrayed by an incredible actor in a franchise most people are watching just to see him in. Why in the world would you limit his screen time to under five minutes per film? It just never made any sense to me.

  • Terminal

    I FINALLY sat down to watch the first three Hellraiser movies last week for the first time ever and I’m saddened at the decline in quality on them. The first was laden with plot holes but was very good, the second even better with plot holes, and the third just embarrassing. It’s too bad Bradley won’t be back. I wonder if they’ll try to re-invent Pinhead or bring aboard a new cenobite to take his place.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Uncle Creepy

      Yes, but have you sat through BITCH SLAP yet? That’s the real question! ;)

      • Terminal

        “Bitchslap” was watched months ago and it was painful. The movie is so tedious I didn’t even get a boner at the lesbian action. So sad.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Uncle Creepy

          Isn’t that just amazing? When something can be so hollow and ill put together that you can’t even enjoy the lesbo scenes. Sigh.

          • Terminal

            Which sucks because Julia Voth is beyond beautiful, and America Olivo is also damn sexy. How they have three gorgeous lesbians fighting and making out with zero nudity… it’s so ridiculous. I’ve seen soft core porn that was better paced.
            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • GJW

            I have never seen “BitchSlap”….and now I probably never will. If both of you dislike….I can’t see myself liking it. And as far as America Olivio goes,she has a nice body sure,but there’s something wrong with that face. In summation,she does nothing for me. If I just stare at her boobs,sure,but if my eyes drift to the face,it ruins the moment lol. You have plenty of her in “Neighbor” Terminal. Did you like that?

    • LifeMi

      A word of advice; if you thought Hell on Earth was embarrassing, stay far the fuck away from Bloodline, Hellseeker, Deader, and Hellworld. They all make that third film look brilliant. As far as this news goes, it’s not surprising. Hard to imagine anyone else as Pinhead. Still, at least Bradley was offered HIS role, whereas Hodder and Englund were kicked out of their roles unceremoniously.

      • Terminal

        Oh I intend to. I’m not wasting my time on this series any more, honestly. It’ll be a while until I see parts four and on.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Cash Bailey

    A HELLRAISER movie without Doug? That’d be as stupid as an ELM STREET movie without Englund.