Over the past several decades, a myriad of horror films have served to shape the genre as we have come to know it today. From iconic classics such as Friday the 13th to more recent endeavors such as the Insidious franchise, the list is virtually endless with each project encompassed in it serving to redefine horror films and projects every step of the way. More and more often now, we are even seeing the production companies who originally brought these projects to life reboot them and introduce an entire new generation of fans to what most consider timeless franchises. Now arguably one of the most iconic projects to ever arise from the genre is making a big return: the 1980’s Clive Barker classic Hellraiser is officially being rebooted and set to premiere on streaming services this weekend, and it ranks amongst the edgiest films to ever grace the Disney platform.
Originally released in 1987, Hellraiser was a film about otherworldly entities who infect the lives of specific individuals and derive gratification from both their pleasure as well as their pain. Those iconics entities have become a mainstay in horror folklore, with the film’s mascot Pinhead being amongst the most indistinguishable of his kind. Now he is set to leave an impression upon an entirely new generation of fans with the latest Hellraiser reboot set to officially premiere this weekend just in time for Halloween. The 2022 effort is instead set to be directed by David Bruckner, and it appears as though this reboot will be amongst the edgiest Disney projects to date with an expected release on Disney+ in the near future. While Disney typically concerns themselves with all things magical and whimsical, this is a stark departure from the status quo and potentially signals Disney’s intentions to pursue projects previously perceived as outlandish through their scope. We will just have to wait and see how the latest version of HELLRAISER fares when it premieres on Hulu and Disney+ on October 7th.
While the horror genre has come to be defined by a diverse myriad of projects, Hellraiser was one of the first projects to play a role in shaping the genre as we know it today. This makes it of virtually no surprise that even a company like Disney would want to reap the benefits of producing a reboot, giving fans something incredibly big to look forward to in the near future. Said fans won’t have to wait either, and can catch the 2022 Hellraiser reboot on Hulu or Disney+ beginning today.