October 6, 2007
by Alex Billington
It's been in the rumblings for a while, but finally there is progress on the remake of Clive Barker's Hellraiser. The horror website Bloody-Disgusting.com is reporting that French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury are the two who will be helming the remake for Dimension Films. No real details are known about the remake, but from the sounds of the reviews of Bustillo's and Maury's first film titled Inside (Ã€ l'intÃ©rieur), these two could not be a better choice.
Their film, Inside, showed at the Cannes Film Fest and Toronto Film Fest this year and was picked up by The Weinstein Company. Not only did the guys over at Twitch Film absolutely love Inside, but the horror hounds at Bloody-Disgusting.com gave it 4.5 stars and a glowing review. As B-D says, "just wait until you see this movie, it's going to restore your faith in this remake."
Based on Clive Barker's novel "The Hellbound Heart" as well as the 1987 film Hellraiser, a man finds he is given more than he bargains for when he solves the puzzle of the Lament Configuration - a doorway to hell. But his ex-lover has found a way of bringing him back, and his niece, Kirsty Lawrence, finds herself bargaining with the Cenobites, angels to some, demons to others, whose greatest pleasure is the greatest pain.
The original 1987 film was directed by Barker himself and currently has a rating of 6.9 on IMDb. This remake sounds like it could be much darker and much more stylized thanks to the two French filmmakers mentioned above. Hopefully this will turn into a remake to really watch out for.