Earlier this year, it was announced that Dimension Films was gearing up to release yet another direct-to-video sequel to the Clive Barker-originated Hellraiser franchise, seemingly in another bid to keep the rights to the series until someone can finally figure out how to properly reboot Pinhead and company for the big-screen.
Entitled Hellraiser: Judgment, the 10th movie in the storied – if severely tarnished – franchise, is both written and directed by veteran effects man Gary J. Tunnicliffe, a noted fan of the series who once produced the fairly good Pinhead-centered short fan film No More Souls. Unfortunately, he also wrote both the story and screenplay for 2011’s horrendous Hellraiser: Revelations, easily the worst entry in the entire canon. So bad was Revelations that it made a middling sequel like 2002’s Hellraiser: Hellworld look downright good by comparison. After all, at least that one had Doug Bradley as Pinhead.
Thankfully, Revelations’ awful Pinhead actor isn’t coming back, with the role being taken over by Paul T. Taylor. Hopefully this new guy proves more suitable for the iconic role. He at least does resemble Bradley a lot more when in full Pinhead make-up. Also appearing in the film is legendary scream queen Heather Langenkamp, a.k.a. A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy. Plot details on Judgment are still fairly vague, although it is said to involve detectives on the trail of a serial killer, which instantly evokes memories of 2000 sequel Hellraiser: Inferno.
For those still willing to give a new cenobite sequel a chance following the disaster that was Revelations, IMDB is now listing Judgment’s DVD/Blu-Ray release date as March 28th, 2017. To be clear, Dimension has yet to confirm this date, but actor Taylor did post the following on Facebook: “The official release date for HELLRAISER JUDGMENT is March 28, 2017. Mark your calendars for the party from Hell.” For the love of all that is unholy, please let this latest Hellraiser offering be worthy of our time.