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Perhaps we should have stopped long ago, but like the Cenobites, we are gluttons for punishment and return to discuss “Hellraiser: Deader”.

Hellraiser: Deader

This week it was Josh’s pick, and he fell on the sword once again to get us through the “Hellraiser” franchise with “Hellraiser: Deader” (2005). Will Pinhead finally break us as we open the Lament Configuration once more?

FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

Hellraiser: Deader is the seventh installment in the Hellraiser series. Though it was filmed on location in Romania in 2002, immediately following the October 2022 release of Hellraiser VI (Hellraiser: Hellseeker), it saw only a handful of isolated preview screenings in the following years before finally being released straight to video in the United States on June 7, 2005.

Dimension Films hired screenwriter Peter Briggs to write the seventh entry after being impressed with his unmade script for the cult horror crossover hit Freddy vs. Jason. Briggs’ script, entitled Hellraiser: Lament, set out to expand upon the first four films, ignoring Inferno and Hellseeker.

Briggs’ pitch was discarded for being too expensive to film, leading the studio to hire Tim Day to retool Neil Marshall Stevens’s spec script Deader, which was submitted to Dimension Films in 2000 during the production of his script for 2001’s Thir13en Ghosts.

Stevns’ script revolved around a newspaper reporter being sent to Romania to cover an underground cult that discovered the secret of immortality and had gained contact with an otherworldly dimension. However, the original script did not feature any connections to the Hellraiser series.

Day wanted to write a direct sequel to Hellraiser: Hellseeker featuring a final conflict between Pinhead and Kirsty, but Bob Weinstein directed him to rewrite Deader into a Hellraiser sequel similar in tone to the Japanese horror films Ring and Pulse.

Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, The Black Phone, Sinister, Hellraiser: Inferno) was approached to direct but declined, and Rick Bota was rehired from the previous film.

It was shot simultaneously with the eighth film in the franchise, Hellraiser: Hellworld, to save on costs.

Though it’s not considered the worst film in the franchise, it was widely panned and certainly falls near the bottom heap of the pile that contains all the later films in the series (including Inferno, Hellseeker, Hellworld, and Revelations).

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