The quality of the new Hellraiser is almost on par with that of the classic. One of the biggest problems with horror movies, especially remakes and reboots, is that the directors rarely understand what made the original version so popular. All they’re doing is trying to produce the same feeling. David Bruckner, who directed “The Night House,” along with writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, all have a firm grasp of what makes Clive Barker’s masterpiece so compelling. They know that it doesn’t make any difference how frequently the monster “Cenobites” arrive or how horrific their activities are. Having a compelling human story in which flawed humans come into conflict with the Cenobites as a result of their own actions is essential. Focusing on the victims rather than the monster has a much more profound effect than showing the monster for its own sake.
The latest Hellraiser is a model of how a classic may be successfully remade. Don’t change the basic plot too much; just add your own twist to the original’s. On top of that, while films like Halloween, Candyman, and Scream are releasing rehashed films in an effort to reinvigorate their respective brands, Hellraiser instead opts for a simple reboot. The plot is the same, and the bad guys are the same, but there are no returning characters from the first film.
Odessa A’zion plays Riley, a young woman who accidentally summons a group of extraterrestrial beings from another realm after opening an old puzzle box. When Riley’s friends and brother become involved with her situation, they don’t realize that the Cenobites would do everything it takes to get what they want. After Riley’s brother disappears, she and her friends decide to investigate a mysterious house where they think something sinister may be afoot.
Even worse, Riley has to venture into the Cenobite-dominated underbelly to confront them. Setting designed by Kathrin Eder, whose attention to detail evokes David Bruckner’s The Night House. Particularly the imagery in the film’s climax, as the protagonist emerges from a gloomy, shadowy room as a metaphor for her sorrow and despair. As Riley does in Hellraiser, she weaves in and out of the Hell realm to symbolize how the road back to Earth always seems to finish up where it began in the underworld.
The former Pinhead, Doug Bradley, has been successfully replaced by Jamie Clayton, who performs an excellent job in the role. It is not simple to follow in Bradley’s shoes as the legendary horror movie villain Michael Myers. Bradley has handled the role with ease for eight films, thus it is difficult to follow in his footsteps. Clayton doesn’t make her appearance until well into the middle of the movie, but as soon as she does, she asserts her authority and doesn’t let up. She is a fantastic stand-in for Pinhead, and she completely dominates every scene in which she appears. Riley is portrayed by Odessa A’zion, and she delivers a performance that is on par with that of Clayton. A’zion does an excellent job of bearing the bulk of the story on her shoulders despite the fact that the movie focuses around her character and orbits around her.
The film Hellraiser (2022) does an excellent job of differentiating itself from the other entries in the genre. As soon as things begin to move, they do not slow down. The character designs of the Cenobites are amazing, all of the special effects work effectively, and the acting of Jamie Clayton and Odessa A’zion is impressive enough to make the show worth watching on its own. This is a fantastic setup for what we can only hope will be the beginning of a new series of Hellraiser films.
I really enjoyed Hulu’s Hellraiser Remake it was effective and quite enjoyable. I give the film a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
The Hellraiser Remake premiered on Hulu October 7th, 2022. You can watch the film right now exclusively on Hulu.
Hulu allows users to stream Hellraiser and has two subscription options for consumers to choose from: an ad-supported plan that costs or (which saves users roughly $14 off the monthly bill), and an ad-free plan that costs. There is a difference in price between the ad-supported and ad-free versions of Hulu’s live TV service, which is called Hulu+ With Live TV.
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