From Alien vs Predator to King Kong vs Godzilla, the horror genre has played host to many titanic battles between memorable monsters over the years. Perhaps the most famous of all of these blood-drenched brawls is 2003’s Freddy vs Jason, which combined iconic slashers Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger) into the same film for the first time ever. FvJ has earned lots of both fans and detractors since, but at the time of its release, the crossover ruled at the box office.
Following FvJ’s success, rumors abounded that rival studio Dimension Films would soon seek to create a competing horror villain smackdown involving Hellraiser’s Pinhead and Halloween’s Michael Myers, both of which Dimension still owned the rights to at that point. The idea obviously never made it to the production stage, as no such movie currently exists, but it turns out that the project came closer to fruition than most fans likely realize.
In a recent interview with Your Move Magazine, former Pinhead actor Doug Bradley discussed exactly why the planned “Helloween” crossover never happened:
“I was told that the year before Freddy vs Jason was released, Dimension Films rejected two scripts for a Hellraiser-Halloween crossover, which was obviously where they would go because they owned both franchises. I was told the reason they turned it down is because they didn’t think it would work. They predicted that Freddy vs. Jason would bomb, but it opened at the top of the box office and stayed there for a second weekend – I think I’m right in saying that it was the first movie that year to do so.
After its success, Dimension wanted a Hellraiser-Halloween movie made immediately, so it was certainly going ahead. I had a couple of phone conversations with Clive [Barker] about it and I was getting quietly excited. Clive said he would write it and I heard reports John Carpenter would direct.
The version of events I got back on this is that the Akkad brothers, who produced Halloween, retained control of the sequels and didn’t want the crossover to be made. I guess they didn’t want Michael Myers hanging around with the likes of Pinhead.”
So there you have it folks, straight from the Lead Cenobite’s mouth. The notoriously picky Akkad family seems to have put the primary kibosh on what – had Barker indeed wrote the film and Carpenter agreed to direct – have been a kind of amazing, if not entirely believable fight.
After all, Pinhead has all the powers of hell behind him. As great as Myers no doubt is, he’s normally just a really strong guy with a really high tolerance for what seems like it should be certain death. That is unless the Cult of Thorn nonsense was brought back to explain Myers’ nigh invulnerability, and the last thing most Halloween fans would want is to be reminded of that fiasco.