Blumhouse interested in bringing Scream and Hellraiser back


After the success of David Gordon Green’s Halloween, Blumhouse is considering bringing other horror classics back, namely Scream and Hellraiser.

Remakes and reboots not only in the horror genre but the film industry in general won’t stop anytime soon, especially after the success many of these have had, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that a reboot of the Scream and Hellraiser franchises could happen soon.

A few months ago, Miramax CEO Bill Block told Cinemablend there were plans involving the Scream and Hellraiser franchises, but that was the first and last thing that was shared about it. That was before Halloween hit the big screen and took horror fans by surprise (a very pleasant surprise), and given its success with both audiences and critics, could other reboots be happening in the near future?

Cinemablend asked Jason Blum about those Scream and Hellraiser plans that were teased before and confirmed that there have been talks about bringing them back, but the future is uncertain. Blum said:

"“Yes, we definitely have [discussed it]. We’re looking – there’s nothing happening with either one of those things – but we’re definitely looking at it, and it’s definitely something I’d be open to”."

There are some titles in the horror genre that, to some fans, are simply untouchable (totally understandable), and Scream happens to be among those. Although it’s been eight years since the last Scream movie was released, the franchise is still alive thanks to MTV’s series of the same name.

Hellraiser (1987) – Courtesy of Entertainment Film Distributors

As for Hellraiser, it’s still somewhat alive, with the tenth installment of the franchise, Hellraiser: Judgement, released last year in VOD. As for the novels, Hellraiser: The Toll was published last year, serving as a sequel to the 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart (you know, the one that made all this possible).

Now, is rebooting these franchises necessary? No, of course not. Could it work? Most likely yes. It would be strange to have a Scream movie without its creator, Wes Craven, behind the camera, but the present has a lot to offer to the franchise’s style – in other words, there’s a lot to criticize and mock in the horror genre and the world in general these days. The Scream movies have a very special place in my heart, but if we all calm down, sit, and think about it, a reboot could be pretty interesting (if done right, of course).

On the other hand, Hellraiser could really use the push of a reboot. All movies after Hellraiser: Bloodline in 1996 have been released directly to video, with some getting very limited release (and I mean very limited, as in one theatre only). And, of course, the quality has decreased, BIG TIME.

A reboot by the hand of Blumhouse could be exactly what Pinhead and company need to come back in full force and bring nightmares to new generations.

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With the success Blumhouse has been having lately, it’s possible we will hear more about these plans in the coming months. Until then, there are plenty of remakes and reboots coming our way that will surely keep us busy.

Do you think Blumhouse should reboot both franchises? Let us know how you feel in the comments.