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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Horror news? Great! Now I'm craving Cinna-bites!

New releases in books:

Locus Online

And . . . you know it's coming . . . another remake movie! This time, it's a remake of the Hellraiser franchise. I loved the first one. It was very avant-garde for its time, and I'm a big fan of monsters and demons, so it was exactly my kind of movie. Pinhead was right up there with Freddy Krueger as one of my favorite characters.

The second Hellraiser was okay, saved by the introduction of new Cenobites. But after that . . . they lost me. I probably watched the third one, but I don't remember it.

And they went on to do nine Hellraiser movies, total! Seriously? Talk about beating a dead horse! I can't imagine how they found enough material to make nine of them. And nowadays, I can't hear the word "Cenobites" without thinking of McDonald's cinna-bites, so that takes a little of the scare quality out of the whole thing.

But the remake has me intrigued. You never know. Maybe with some new blood, they can bring back the magic and thrill of that first Hellraiser movie. But it will probably be a long time before we find out. Like most of these movies, it's been an uphill battle: budget, scripts, creative discord, etc. But I'll be keeping an eye out for new news; this is one I might actually want to see.

Some links on the Hellraiser remake:

The "official announcement" on movieweb . . . from 2006!

Info from the Clive Barker page

Recent blurb from Shock Till You Drop

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