Bruckner appears to have taken the “mushy reboot” strategy to his new “Hellraiser” movie. It takes lots of iconography and canonical particulars from all through however remixes them into one thing that solely resembles the unique. This manner, Bruckner may make a movie that acknowledged the existence of the primary ten motion pictures with out having to play by any particular chapter’s guidelines. When requested if “Hellraiser” counts as a remake or merely the eleventh movie within the sequence, Bruckner was imprecise however diplomatic. He used the catch-all phrase of “reimagining,” and even advised the movie be known as “Hellraiser 2022” to distinguish it from the others. In his phrases:
“[‘Hellraiser’] simply sounded higher than ‘Hellraiser 11.’ If it was as much as me, we might put the yr on it once we focus on it, as a result of I believe all of us sort of know the place it situates. Nevertheless it simply did not really feel acceptable to place a further title on it this time. So far as what followers can anticipate, it is a re-imagining, to 1 diploma. I additionally suppose that it matches throughout the world of ‘Hellraiser’ and what you’ve got seen earlier than in some ways. I would not say it is strict canon.”
“Strict canon,” as established, may be very imprecise when coping with “Hellraiser,” and Bruckner clearly did not wish to pull a “Halloween” (2018) gambit the place some sequels counted as canon and others did not. It was maybe sensible to easily begin from scratch, because it have been. In spite of everything, few of the straight-to-video “Hellraiser” sequels have been too broadly seen, and none of them are notably beloved.