Stephan Smith Collins will play Pinhead in Dimension Films' "Hellraiser: Revelations," a low budget straight-to-DVD sequel to the 23-year-old horror franchise.
Rushing into production, the film is currently filming in Los Angeles with VÃctor Garcia ("Mirrors II," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") directing from a script by FX maven Gary J. Tunnicliffe ("Megalodon"), according to Bloody Disgusting.
Collins, who has held minor acting roles since 2005, replaces Doug Bradley in the iconic role of Cenobite leader Pinhead, a supernatural being doomed to police hell and explore the pleasures of pain.
The sequel centers on two friends on a backpacking trip in Mexico who encounter the infamous puzzle box and who embrace its promise of a "reality beyond current existence." But with an eternal commitment to Pinhead as part of the pact, one of the friends decides to plan his escape.
"Hellraiser: Revelations" is the ninth film in the series and the fifth to go straight to DVD. It also stars Nick Eversman ("Vampires Suck"), Jay Gillespie ("2001 Maniacs"), Devon Sorvari ("The Dark"), Sanny Van Heteren, Steven Brand, Tracey Fairaway and Daniel Buran.
A reboot of the franchise was initially on the table before Dimension Films decided to pursue the budget friendly "Hellraiser: Revelations." According to Screen Rant, if the studio had failed to start production of a Hellraiser film before the end of the year, the rights to the franchise would have been in jeopardy.
"Hellraiser," written and directed by Clive Barker, became an instant cult classic when it hit theaters in 1987. It was based on Barker's 1986 novella "The Hellbound Heart."
Barker is currently penning an official sequel to "The Hellbound Heart" called "The Scarlet Gospels," which places Pinhead at odds with private investigator Harry D'Amour, a character seen in several of the author's works, including the short story "The Last Illusion" and "Everville."
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