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Walt Disney Pictures came under fire in the media when they purchased the then controversial and hip Miramax Films. The initial slate of films that Miramax would be releasing under the Disney deal included Hellraiser: Bloodline, Scream, The Prophecy, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Mother's Boys. The outcry was due to the fact that Disney would be directly involved in the marketing and release of horror movies.
The US theatrical 1-sheet for the film does not have any credits. This was because original director Kevin Yagher had his name removed and replaced with the Directors' Guild of America pseudonym Alan Smithee. Fearing this would negatively reflect on the quality of the film, Miramax opted for a credit-free 1-sheet.
The last "Hellraiser" movie to get a theatrical release.
Editor Randolph K. Bricker was brought in by Joe Chappelle (who was Miramax's replacement for original director Kevin Yagher) to assemble a completely new cut of the film. This version was the one that was ultimately released in theaters in 1996.
Though promotional photos of Aristocratic Cenobites wearing white powdered wigs were released in various sci-fi magazines to promote this film, the Cenobites were cut from the finished film, along with Demon Clowns and an entire ballroom fancy dress party as the studio wanted to get to Pinhead's story sooner.
Guillermo del Toro declined the chance to direct this film.
Adam Scott was grateful for getting cast, citing the film as being a huge deal for booking a real movie, which he took very seriously. He remarked that on his first day to the set, he was shown his chair that was mistakenly labeled as Adam Craig. Scott said it was a nice welcome to Hollywood. Despite the film's troubled production and box office failure, Scott didn't care as long as he was working. Later in need of work, Scott even auditioned for the sequel with the hope that the casting directors wouldn't remember him from the last film and no one said anything at the audition. However Scott suspects someone remembered him as he wasn't hired for the sequel.
Was intended to be the final installment of the "Hellraiser" franchise, ending with Pinhead destroyed once and for all. 5 direct-to-video sequels followed.
Stuart Gordon was attached at one point to direct this film, but left before filming began.
The film takes place in 1796, 1996 and 2127.
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In the Hellraiser films and their legacy, author Paul Kane described his screenplay as ambitious and "one of the best Hellraiser sequels." The screenplay featured a linear timeline, more special effects, and violent confrontations between Pinhead and Angelique. When Miramax was unwilling to provide a budget to realize the scenes, the film was scaled back. Stuart Gordon, known for his low-budget horror films, was approached to direct but backed out after artistic disagreements. Special effects technician Kevin Yagher was subsequently hired after his cost-saving directing work on Tales from the Crypt for Joel Silver. Yagher was initially hesitant about taking the job, as he did not want to do a retread of the previous installments of the series. However, he was impressed with the script and became enthusiastic after Barker describe his vision for the film.
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Duc de L'lsle was modeled after the Marquis De Sade and Gilles de Rais.
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In the script, Genevieve (Charlotte Chatton) is also depicted as more suspicious of her husband, who she suspects to be having an affair this was mostly removed during editing.
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The script describes the Chatterer Beast as pieced together from the remains of a dog and a man after a car accident.
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Doug Bradley who had played Pinhead in all the previous films, joined the cast first. Bradley agreed the film should focus more on the other characters, and several lesser-known actors joining major roles including Bruce Ramsay and Valentina Vargas.
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As the script was scaled back once again to save money, the number of characters was reduced, and several were rewritten to have simpler motivations and origins.
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For Angelique's appearance,Gary J. Tunnicliffe was inspired by Morticia Addams from The Addams Family and Sister Act (1993) converting the imagery of a nun's habit to flayed skin.
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In Hellraiser III:Hell on Earth (1992) Doug Bradley makeup as Pinhead had changed to make it easier to apply and take off at the cost of increased discomfort. Gary J. Tunnicliffe reverted to the old makeup which he believed look better.
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In the shooting script, Pinhead (Doug Bradley) had a violently antagonistic relationship with Angelique (Valentina Vargas). This was softened during editing and pickups, and a hinted sexual attraction between them was introduced.
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Bruce Ramsay ( Philippe Lemarchand/John Merchant/Doctor Paul Merchant) called Philippe an ambitious but good man who is seduced by angelique's power, he described John as more self-aware mature, Paul he said is weathered.
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Valentina Vargas (Angelique) said she was reluctant to take the role because of nightmares about Pinhead, but she soon became interested in exploring her characters seductive and evil nature, originally a demon summoned through black magic who commissions the Lament Configuration, her origin was changed to be dependent on the box.
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Kim Myers (Bobbi Merchant) was written to mirror Larry from the first film, both of them suspect their spouses of infidelity.
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Adam Scott (Jacques) initially had a smaller role, but he was rewritten and expanded upon when Angelique's origin changed.
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Duc de L'lsle (Mickey Cottrell) originally had a larger part, but some of his scenes were given to Jacques when Angelique's origin changed.
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Rimmer (Christine Harnos) was originally male, but was rewritten in a later draft after several female characters were streamlined out, including a descendant of Kirsty Cotton who would serve as Paul's love interest.
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Clive Barker acting as executive producer, wanted a fresh turn for the series after two sequels to his original 1987 film. The initial premise for the film, a shape-changing structure used to trap Pinhead, was inspired by the ending of Hellraiser 3 which featured a building whose architecture resembled the Lament Configuration. Barker suggested a three-part film set in different time periods, and Peter Atkins added the Lemarchand storyline, going back to Barker's novella. Atkins had previously written Hellbound Hellraiser II (1988) and co-written Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) Atkins and Barker pitched the idea to Miramax who greenlit it without requiring an outline.
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Gary J.Tunnicliffe of Image Animation, who had previously worked on Hellraiser III:Hell on Earth (1992) was recruited to perform special effects. Tunnicliffe was worried that director Kevin Yagher would want to perform the effects himself, but Yagher wanted to collaborate with Image Animation and believe their experience with prior films in the series would be valuable. Kevin Yagher only contributed to the Chatterer Beast.
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Rand Ravich did rewrites on the script.
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In the film, there is a female character called Rimmer. In the long running British science fiction sitcom "Red Dwarf", there was a character called Arnold Judas Rimmer.
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The word Cenobite means a member of a monastic order.
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Kevin Yagher: disowned the version with cuts made behind his back due to conflicting artistry ideas. Yagher's version contained much more graphic imagery, plot, and explained everything that happened in the film. The producers disagreed and demanded Pinhead should appear sooner despite every version of the script up until then having him appear around the 40-minute mark. When Yagher was unable to satisfy he disowned it and never finished filming some final scenes. Joe Chappelle was brought on to finish the film, filming new scenes from re-writes including the narrative framing device. Some scenes of the original script were thus never shot.

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