While we still have no real idea of when we can expect to see Hellraiser: Judgement – the latest instalment in the long-running franchise, and the second not to feature Doug Bradley in the iconic role of Pinhead – director Gary Tunnicliffe has teased the extent of the horrors that await while talking to Adam Green and Joe Lynch for their The Movie Crypt podcast.
After enthusing that, “I had the most fun [on set] that I’ve ever had, and I’ve never worked so hard on a Hellraiser film, but we had a great time,” Tunnicliffe suggested that the film takes its horror pretty far.
“We did two sequences where… one the actress almost passed out… a scene that you especially, Adam… you are going to freak the fuck out,” the director said. “I’ll tell you off air about it, and when I explain it to you, you’re going to be like, ‘Jesus Christ.’ Involving a small dog. No, the dog doesn’t get hurt. But it goes through some… trauma. And then we had three grips leave the set during a sequence when they said, ‘This is utterly screwed up.’”
Tunnicliffe takes the directorial reins having worked in the effects department on the series since 1992’s Hellraiser II: Hell on Earth. Hellraiser: Judgement stars A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Heather Langenkamp, along with Feast director John Gulagher, Diane Ayala Goldner (Feast, Halloween II, Hatchet III), Randy Wayne (True Blood), Damon Carney (2007’s The Hitcher) and Mike Jay Regan, who returns to the role of The Chatterer, which he played in 2000’s Hellraiser: Inferno and 2005’s Hellraiser: Deader. Sin City’s Paul T. Taylor steps into the iconic role of Pinhead.
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Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)