While we had Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, and almost got a Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash film (the idea was pitched), did you guys know that before Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees' epic showdown, we almost got a Halloween vs. Hellraiser pic?
Yep! That’s what Pinhead actor Doug Bradley revealed in a recent interview with Your Move Magazine. When asked if there had been any talks of doing a movie mash-up between the Hellraiser films and any other horror movie franchises over the years, here’s what the horror icon said:
“I was told that the year before Freddy vs Jason was released, Dimension Films rejected two scripts for a Hellraiser-Halloween crossover, which was obviously where they would go because they owned both franchises. I was told the reason they turned it down is because they didn’t think it would work. They predicted that Freddy vs. Jason would bomb, but it opened at the top of the box office and stayed there for a second weekend – I think I’m right in saying that it was the first movie that year to do so.
After its success, Dimension wanted a Hellraiser-Halloween movie made immediately, so it was certainly going ahead. I had a couple of phone conversations with Clive about it and I was getting quietly excited. Clive said he would write it and I heard reports John Carpenter would direct. The version of events I got back on this is that the Akkad brothers who produced Halloween retained control of the sequels and didn’t want the crossover to be made. I guess they didn’t want Michael Myers hanging around with the likes of Pinhead.”
This is actually kind of bumming me out. Especially knowing Clive Barker was going to write the movie, with John Carpenter sitting at the helm. However, seems like there was another reason why the movie didn’t get made (besides those pesky Akkad brothers).
According to Bloody-Disgusting, there was a poll (at the time) asking the fans if they wanted to see Pinhead and Michael Myers duke it out on screen. Apparently, the idea drew so much ire from the fans that the whole thing may have put an end to the idea then and there.
There you have it. What do you think? Would you have loved to have seen a Hellraiser-Halloween crossover movie? Do you think it would have worked?