Pinhead vs. Michael, place your bets.
At the time of Freddy vs. Jason, there was another crossover in the making, and unfortunately (or maybe it’s a good thing) we never got to see it come to fruition. The film would’ve seen icons Pinhead from Hellraiser and Michael Myers from Halloween come face to face.
Doug Bradley, known for playing Pinhead in the first 8 Hellraiser movies, recently discussed the unfinished crossover film.
“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 [Barker] 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.”
Bloody-Disgusting noted that the film likely didn’t get made due to negative fan feedback, and there’s still no plot known for the project.
What a shame. Personally, I would’ve at least seen this as a finale to the Hellraiser and Halloween franchises before seeing the current conditions of either franchise. Hellraiser ended up getting more direct-to-video sequels, one of which is still in development, and neither of which feature Doug Bradley. Halloween was remade by Rob Zombie, who did a sequel in 2009, and is now set for some kind of reboot under the advisement of series creator John Carpenter.
Maybe one day will know what the plot for the film would have been, and until then, at least we can be glad Freddy vs. Jason managed to get made – that was something I doubt any fan expected to happen, even after Freddy’s cameo at the end of Jason Goes to Hell.
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