Bradley insists that Clayton is transgender has nothing to do with what he feels would make “Hellraiser” work (via Syfy Wire):
“What’s going to make the movie a success isn’t there. That’s the story. If the story is strong, the movie will succeed. […] That’s why ‘Hellraiser succeeded; not because the Cenobites are honored. “
With the first trailer just released, we finally get a better look at Clayton’s Pinhead. It’s no surprise that the Cenobites, along with Bruckner’s vision of hell, look incredible. Clayton looked straight up scary. Details of what’s going on are sparse, though, with the exception of the film’s synopsis:
In the all-new “Hellraiser”, a young woman struggling with addiction owns an ancient puzzle box, unaware that its purpose is to summon the Cenobites, a sadistic group of supernatural beings from a another dimension.
The film stars Hiam Abbass, Adam Faison, Brandon Flynn, Aoife Hinds, Selina Lo, Drew Starkey and Goran Visnjic, with Odessa A’zion as the film’s protagonist.
Time will tell whether this new vision of pain and pleasure fits Barker’s story or Pinhead’s legacy, but given Bruckner’s pedigree as a horror filmmaker, along with his ability Clayton’s energy as an actor, I think we can say we’re in good hands.
“Hellraiser” will premiere on Hulu on October 7, 2022.
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