After the recent appearance of Hellraiser: Judgment director Gary J. Tunnicliffe on Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s Movie Crypt podcast (during which he discussed the flick), we caught up with the filmmaker to address allegations of animal torture within the as-of-yet unreleased film.
“Well, as usual it’s a case of two plus two equals five,” Tunnicliffe stated of the uproar over the latest Hellraiser entry.
“First of all, no animals were harmed or injured during shooting,” clarified the filmmaker. “And secondly, there is no animal torture in the film. Neither I or the producers would do or be interested in such a thing.”
Tunnicliffe expanded, “I know how sensitive Adam Green is about his dog, and as a pet owner I know that some people are as sensitive about their animals as they are about their children. This is a device used by the serial killer in Judgment to teach a lesson, and while I can’t explain too much without giving it away, I would say it’s more akin to something like the horse sequence in The Cell in terms of tone, but nowhere near as graphic, and the animal survives unscathed. And at the end of the day, it is make believe and it is a movie and it is something being perpetrated by a fictitious psychopath. The day that what happens in Hellraiser: Judgment happens in real life, I’ll be the first to apologize.”
As for distribution plans for the film, which stars Heather Langenkamp, Randy Wayne, Rheagan Wallace, and Paul T. Taylor as the series’ “Pinhead,” Tunnicliffe concluded, “Hopefully the film will get a release date soon and all the conjecture, good and bad, can stop and people can have an informed opinion. As for me, now I’m off to home to listen to my new Hellraiser vinyl soundtrack with my dog, Jupiter, and our two cats, Thomas and Duchess!”