"I'm going to tear your soul apart" "We'll tear your soul apart!" became the catchphrase among fans of supernatural horror movies after actor Doug Bradley, in the role of Pinhead, uttered them in 1987's classic Hellraiser.
But things might have gone very differently, Hellraiser writer/director Clive Barker told us recently. "The producer that I first turned in Hellraiser to told me that the character couldn't talk," Barker said in an exclusive interview. "I asked him why, and he said because movie monsters don't talk. I have dealt with a lot of producers who are pricks."
The movie will get a reboot soon under French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), but Barker won't be involved as a producer or otherwise. The remake hasn't been shot yet, and Laugier is still writing the script, which will have a very different look and feel for Pinhead.
When asked how he feels about the spate of upcoming bigger-budget, possibly CGI-augmented remakes of his work (Hellraiser, Candyman and Night Breed), Barker said, "I am a little bit of a schizophrenic about this, so forgive me if I sound like two different people on this. There's a part of me that feels that with the new technologies, the way that we had such a modest budget on my Hellraiser movie [that] if we can have five or six times that on the new Hellraiser remake, I think we'll get an awesome picture out of it."
But, Barker added, "mine was a small picture, and I would hate it if they opened it up [to a bigger world]. That would be really detrimental to the picture. The [original] picture is essentially a family saga—Chekhov with blood—and that is this very small thing. And into this small enclosed world comes this godawful force, and I just had the great good fortune [of being] given the image of a guy with pins in his head."
Meanwhile, Barker could return to the director's chair with a film based on Tortured Souls, another fan favorite. It could very well be an anime, with Barker at the helm. "I think it'll happen," he said. "But I think it'll happen probably only when I've got back into the swing of directing. There's a script I like very much. I love the figures, the sculptures. I think they're beautiful, detailed things. Do I want to see those things walk onto the screen and speak? Damn right I do. So I would like to make sure that happens at some point. But right now we've got a lot of scripts that are already written, and I want to get those out and have people shooting them."