Okaaaay. Let’s start with the obvious – Hellraiser was a good movie. Clive Barker’s bloodfest was one of the better horror franchise films to come out of the 1980’s and the Pinhead character has become just as well known as Leatherface, Ash or Michael Myers.
The sequels, which totaled far too many, were dismal. Some beyond dismal. Bad special effects, terrible acting, and dreadful scripts made any and each of the successors inferior companion pieces.
But Sonar Entertainment is not letting the franchise die just yet. According to Variety, Sonar and producer Larry Kupin are developing Hellraiser: The Series. Sonar explains things thusly:
One of the most successful (and terrifying) franchises in film history is ready for its weekly television debut. For over 25 years, fans have followed the exploits of an insidious villain named Pinhead, summoned from a nightmarish underworld by an ancient puzzle box. He will seduce you with power and tempt you with fear, until your soul belongs to him. Now, for the first time, a weekly series set in the fantastic realm of Hellraiser will thrill audiences worldwide.
Hmmmm. Can Hellraiser work on a weekly basis? We don’t think so. But we also thought that a Buffy the Vampire Slayer series was a terrible idea. Still, this is like giving Jason Voorhees a weekly series. It just loses its appeal when saturated with a season’s worth of stories. Oh well, guess time will tell.
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