Come light, easy, feel-good entertainment. What’s that? Per Deadline, HBO is developing a Hellraiser, TV series based on Clive Barker‘s notorious, graphically violent, gothically vulgar horror property?


Best known from Barker’s 1987 horror classic, based on his own 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser has since spawned a multiple feature-film franchise, and embedded Pinhead, the leading monstrous Cenobite who’s got, well, pins in his head into our cultural consciousness alongside luminaries like Jason and Michael Myers. And speaking of Michael Myers, it’s David Gordon Green, who recently helmed the well-regarded Halloween reboot for the big screen, who will be directing many of the initial episodes, including the pilot.


The new Hellraiser series comes from genre maestros Michael Dougherty (Trick r’ Treat, Godzilla: King of the Monsters) and Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes) — find even his more accessible works like Krampus stuffed with gleefully unbridled, imaginative horrors, and the idea of him going off the leash in the world of Hellraiser, all lensed by Green’s impeccable widescreen photography, really excites me.