During the '80s, villains like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger
"This series has stumbled and faltered and struggled along the way because the reality is you can't shoehorn this franchise into a commercially successful movie without stripping away the things from it that make it what it is," Tunnicliffe shared with ComicBook.com. "And this is where [producer] Bob [Weinstein] and the guys have had a problem because Bob really isn't a fan of sadomasochistic sexual perversity, and hooks, and flesh, and that kind of stuff."
The fourth film in the franchise, Bloodline, marked the last theatrically released installment in the series.
"That's why I think in 1996 when Bloodline came, and we had the whole debacle of that," Tunnicliffe confessed. "I got a call to go in and meet with Bob about a Hellraiser story I pitched called 'Holy War,' and I was maybe talking about directing that was that. That week Scream came out and did its business, and then Bob and the guys, rightly so, were like, 'Oh, look, let's try and figure out this guy with the nails in his head and this weird sexual stuff. Look, Scream, there it is. Ka-ching. It's easy, it works. It's
He added, "It's brilliantly conceived by [screenwriter] Kevin Williamson turning it on its head. But it was so much easier for them to get their head around, and to work with because that's the problem when you're trying to, even as a writer, whether it be Revelations, or Judgment, or whatever I've been involved in
Not only is it difficult for producers to wrap their minds around, but audiences might not turn up in droves to see the macabre stories regularly shown in Hellraiser films.
"I mean, ironically, there's the title, but it's like
The filmmaker's approach to the story ultimately paralleled another cult classic horror movie that isn't for everyone.
"In the words of Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show, 'I didn't make it for you, I made it for me,'" Tunnicliffe remarked. " You know? And I routinely tend to watch the first 15 minutes, and routinely watch the end, which was all predicated on the notion of this."
You can check out Hellraiser: Judgment, now available on Blu-ray, DVD