I just saw the trailer for the latest Hellraiser trailer. The movies are getting pretty horrible. Bad acting, writing, etc.
I think it could be saved a new story is explored though.
Here’s an idea:
A prequel about Captain Elliot Spencer surviving WW1, and his quest to find the Lament Configuration. The events leading to him becoming the demon Pinhead. Possible title: “Hellraiser: Fallen”
One of the scariest elements of “The Shining” is it’s ambiguity. You’re not sure if the ghosts are real, or a product of Jack’s mind. The answer is actually in this small scene. Stanley Kubrick mentioned how important this scene was, in fact his first draft script ended with this scene. You see, up until this point in the story, you can think of the ghosts as imaginary. Jack is locked in the pantry, and speaks with the ghost Grady. But here’s the thing:
Grady lets Jack out. This is important because A) It confirms that there ARE ghosts at the hotel and B) it’s practically the only time in the entire movie that the supernatural world physically interacts with the real world.
It’s also worth noting that this scene was the final scene in Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson’s first draft of the screenplay.
Early in the film there is a large container of Vitamin D on the table.
Why does Truman need to take it? He probably didn’t know. It was because he’s never been exposed to the Sun in his life.
As much as I love the show Supernatural, one of its biggest flaws is that characters keep coming back from the dead. Suddenly, death is no longer a threat. And if that’s true, it kind of gets rid of any risk in the story. It’s like that great quote by George R.R. Martin on Gandalf’s death in Lord of the Rings.
“Much as I admire Tolkien, I once again always felt like Gandalf should have stayed dead. That was such an incredible sequence in Fellowship of the Ring when he faces the Balrog on the Khazad-dûm and he falls into the gulf, and his last words are, “Fly, you fools.” What power that had, how that grabbed me. And then he comes back as Gandalf the White, and if anything he’s sort of improved. I never liked Gandalf the White as much as Gandalf the Grey, and I never liked him coming back. I think it would have been an even stronger story if Tolkien had left him dead.”
-George R.R. Martin
That’s one reason I love prequels. They’re a more legitimate way to bring deceased characters back. That and prequels themselves can be entirely made of exposition. Explaining details that make more sense when you watch or read the original source material.