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In Spring of 2006, while the HELLRAISER: PROPHECY fan film was in post-production, I was working at the lab bench and had an idea... What if Natasha's mentor, "Professor Merchant," referenced in HELLRAISER: PROPHECY was actually the man who would become Winter in HELLRAISER: DEADER? Could his background be filled in? Could we explain how he obtained the powers he displayed in DEADER? Could we elucidate exactly where in the Lemarchand family tree he fit in?
My idea was to take elements of HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE, HELLRAISER: DEADER and the fan film HELLRAISER: PROPHECY and weave together a prequel that would explain how Winter came to end up in Romania with powers, and a cult, and most importantly, his purpose. I felt that the best way to tell a story of that nature would be to take inspiration from an atypical story structure, and I decided to model the script after Christopher Nolan's MEMENTO.
It's important to add that this will NOT be a slasher film. This will not be a "person finds the box, person solves the box, Pinhead comes and rips them apart" film; those who think that all of the Hellraiser films should have been more like HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH will NOT enjoy this film. Likewise, fans who are not more than passingly familiar with HELLRAISER: DEADER may become rather lost...
This film will be geared towards those who really enjoyed HELLRAISER: DEADER and are well-versed in Hellraiser mythology beyond just the films.