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Sufficient to have that idea lodged into my brain. A perpetual, unconscious grieving for the man he had once been, for a life and a face he couldn't even remember. And a frozen grief. I felt now that Pinhead existed in an emotional limbo where neither pain nor pleasure could touch him. A pretty good definition of Hell for me. The Pinhead makeup took six hours to apply.

During rehearsals, Barker told Bradley, who at the time was more used to working in theatre, to subdue his movements and gestures, in order to give Pinhead an aura of complete control. Paul T. Taylor portrays Pinhead in Hellraiser: Judgment , an experience he describes as a dream-come-true. According to Taylor, "[Pinhead] was always my favorite horror icon because he was the most twisted and intelligent in my mind. Gary Tunnicliffe gave Taylor room to create his own interpretation of Pinhead, as Taylor brought an intentional vulnerability to the role. In addition to prior knowledge, Taylor used Hellraiser comic books as preparation for the film.

In the first Hellraiser script drafts, Pinhead was credited as "Priest". The name "Pinhead" was coined by the makeup crew that applied the prosthetics on Bradley to distinguish the Cenobites. Clive Barker had no say in choosing "Pinhead" as a name and did not like it, as he thought it was undignified. The name is also used as a derogative term towards the Cenobite by Jophiel, God's advisor and Pinhead's superior, before he kills her in Hellraiser: Judgment, during the film's finale.

The name also appears in the film Hellworld, referring to the fictional character portrayed in the Hellraiser game. Pinhead's role has varied with each Hellraiser installment. In the script for the original film, Barker describes Pinhead and the other cenobites as "demons" in his notes; the character himself, however, upon capturing Kirsty Cotton, identifies himself as neither explicitly angelic nor demonic, stating that he and his fellow entourage are "Explorers in the further regions of experience.

Demons to some. Angels to others.

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The third film radically altered the original concept, making Pinhead into a purely evil demon of chaos, explained by Pinhead losing the human, 'orderly', part of himself during the previous film. In the fourth film he is presented as a megalomaniac bent on world domination, [21] and by the fifth he acts as a judge, punishing those who open the box for their sins by making them face their personal demons. In this film, he goes by the title of "Engineer", [4] a name derived from the lead cenobite in Clive Barker's original novella.

Of the four we know about, he is the leader, but the Cenobites have been around for centuries. To me, Pinhead is the chief Cenobite of the 20th Century.. The character's past, which is alluded to in Hellbound , is expanded upon in Hell on Earth. Spencer participated in the Battle of Passchendaele , after which he lost faith in humanity and God. He wandered Earth indulging in a hedonistic lifestyle to bury his trauma, turning to the baser methods of gratification and pleasure until finding the Lament Configuration in British India in According to Clive Barker, as the writing of the Hellraiser script took place during the height of the A Nightmare on Elm Street , Friday the 13th and Halloween film series, his intended portrayal of Pinhead as an articulate and intelligent character was initially not well received by the producers: some suggested that Pinhead should act more like Freddy Krueger and crack jokes, while others suggested that he be a silent character like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers.

Barker insisted that Pinhead's personality be more evocative of Christopher Lee 's portrayal of Count Dracula : "Part of the chill of Dracula surely lies in the fact that he is very clearly and articulately aware of what he is doing — you feel that this is a penetrating intelligence — and I don't find dumb things terribly scary — I find intelligence scary, particularly twisted intelligence; it's one of the reasons why Hannibal Lecter is scary, isn't it? It's because you always feel that he's going to be three jumps ahead of you. Though described by Pinhead's human half in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth as being "very persuasive and very inventive", [20] Pinhead prefers using coercive methods in order to obtain his goals, a fact which brings him into conflict with his ally, the demon Princess Angelique.

Pinhead can be reasoned and bargained with. In both Hellraiser and Hellraiser: Hellseeker , Kirsty Cotton bargains with Pinhead to offer him more "souls" in exchange for her own in particular, her human adversaries , thus resulting in her life being spared. In his demonic incarnations, Pinhead is irreverent toward Christianity : in the third film, club owner J. Monroe exclaims " Jesus Christ ," to which Pinhead mockingly replies, "Not quite. Taylor, who portrays Pinhead in Hellraiser: Judgment , described the character as "twisted and intelligent".

Finding Pinhead's mannerisms and demeanor to be unique among horror icons, Taylor tried to capture that in his performance: "It's about the stillness. He's already so terrifying that when he makes a move, it means something. He's very economical and when he speaks, he's so eloquent. I feel like I was in character the whole time, and I don't mean that in some sort of artistic, lofty way. I mean I maintained the demeanor the whole time because I had to. Described by Doug Bradley as stronger than Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, [6] Pinhead is an extremely powerful being, and as such, has several supernatural abilities.

His preferred method of attack is by summoning hooks and chains to mutilate victims, often pulling said victims in several directions to tear them apart. The chains may even change shape after having attached to a victim.

He is capable of creating other cenobites from both living [21] and dead victims. In order to act in the physical world, Pinhead needs to have been purposely summoned through the Lament Configuration, though this in itself is not usually enough for Pinhead to target the puzzle-solver: in Hellbound: Hellraiser II , Pinhead stops the Cenobites from torturing an emotionally traumatised girl who was manipulated as a proxy into opening the Configuration, remarking " During this incident his powers were apparently expanded beyond their normal limits allowing him to physically warp reality to his will.

Pinhead at first has no memory of his human past, though is reminded of it in Hellbound: Hellraiser II , which results in what screenwriter Peter Atkins described as him being "spiritually weakened" and subsequently killed by the Chanard Cenobite. Pinhead is shown in all his appearances to be accompanied by other denizens of Hell. Although originally portrayed as a subordinate of "The Engineer" in The Hellbound Heart , [7] his film incarnations show him as the leader of secondary cenobite characters.

The most consistent members of his entourage are a trio of Cenobites named Butterball , The Female , and Chatterer. Though he usually dominates other demons present in the films, in Hellraiser: Bloodline , he encounters Angelique, whom he grudgingly treats as an equal:. This is something entirely new for Pinhead; he's never had a demonic cohort, so to speak.

He's had his other Cenobites in the previous films, but the pecking order was always pretty clear. Angelique is at least his equal, and certainly in Angelique's own mind possibly his superior. Pinhead doesn't quite see things that way, so their relationship is a little sparky. Though initially reverent toward her, Pinhead is disillusioned when his methods in achieving his goals through coercion come at odds with Angelique's more seductive techniques.

Doug Bradley has stated that he has not been approached to reprise the role of Pinhead in the remake, stating that "seeing someone else become Pinhead feels like a kick in the teeth". Gary Tunnicliffe, who was responsible for the Pinhead makeup in the last four films, improvised a new design for Pinhead called Project Angel: Recreating an Icon , the photos of which he published in Fangoria. My design idea was to create something that still felt like Pinhead but that stepped away from the 'order' of the original design, something that was more painful, more chaotic.

Among Tunnicliffe's redesigns included the usage of square shafted nails for the iconic pins, which were meant to look rusted and handmade. He also designed the new Pinhead as wearing a white priest's robe rather than the original black leather, as a homage to the origins of the word "cenobite" which implies a religious connection. I don't think that's right. I think the whole point about Pinhead is that he isn't bloody - that his victims are bloody but he isn't. The other thing is that there are these lacerations that are diagonal and very random.

The original had the feel of geometry paper in school where it was broken up into segments and lines, which to me had a severity to it. Having the pins of the intersections of the crossroads made it have a surgical severity to it almost. I think this new version has sacrificed that feeling. When they attempt to force Kirsty to return to their realm with them, she informs Pinhead that Frank has escaped. The Cenobites agree to take Frank back and, in exchange, say they will consider giving Kirsty her freedom; however, the catch is that Frank has to confess to escaping them.

Kirsty returns home, where Frank has killed Larry and taken his identity by stealing his skin. Julia shows her what is purported to be Frank's flayed corpse in the attic, locking the door behind her. The Cenobites appear and, not fooled by the deception, demand the man who "did this". Kirsty tries to escape but is held by Julia and Frank. Frank reveals his true identity to Kirsty and, when his sexual advances are rejected, he decides to kill her to complete his rejuvenation. He accidentally stabs Julia instead and drinks her blood without remorse. Frank chases Kirsty to the attic and, when he is about to kill her, the Cenobites appear after hearing him confess to killing her father.

Now sure he is the one they are looking for, they ensnare him with chains and tear him to pieces. With Frank out of the picture, the Cenobites decide to take Kirsty. Ripping the puzzle box from Julia's dead hands, Kirsty banishes the Cenobites by reversing the motions needed to open the puzzle box. Kirsty's boyfriend shows up and helps her escape the collapsing house. Afterward, Kirsty throws the puzzle box onto a burning pyre. A vagrant who has been stalking Kirsty walks into the fire and retrieves the box before transforming into a winged creature and flying away.

The box ends up in the hands of the merchant who sold it to Frank, offering it to another prospective customer. Having been dismayed at prior cinematic adaptations of his work, Barker decided to attempt to direct a film himself. Hellraiser was filmed at the end of and was set to be made in seven weeks, but was extended over a nine- to ten-week period by New World. The cast treated my ineptitudes kindly, and the crew were no less forgiving.

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If you'd shown me a plate of spaghetti and said that was a lens, I might have believed you. During production, Doug Bradley had trouble hitting his marks during his takes in make-up as he could not see through his black contact lenses and was afraid of tripping over Pinhead's skirts. The film had two editors: Richard Marden [10] and an uncredited Tony Randel.

In interview for Samhain magazine in July , Barker mentioned some problems that censors had with more erotic scenes in the film;. Well, we did have a slight problem with the eroticism. I shot a much hotter flashback sequence than they would allow us to cut in Mine was more explicit and less violent.

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They wanted to substitute one kind of undertow for another. I had a much more explicit sexual encounter between Frank and Julia, but they said no, let's take out the sodomy and put in the flick knife. Barker also said on the commentary for the film that the seduction scene between Julia and Frank was, initially, a lot more explicit; "We did a version of this scene which had some spanking in it and the MPAA was not very appreciative of that.

Lord knows where the spanking footage is. Barker originally wanted the electronic music group Coil to perform the music for the film, but that notion was rejected by New World.

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The score for Hellraiser was released in It was banned because of its "brutal, graphic violence with blood-letting throughout, horror, degradation and torture. Thirty-five seconds of an extended torture scene featuring hooks pulling apart a body and face were removed, as well as a scene of squirming rats nailed to a wall.

For contemporary reviews in the United Kingdom, Time Out London referred to the film as "Barker's dazzling debut" that "creates such an atmosphere of dread that the astonishing set-pieces simply detonate in a chain reaction of cumulative intensity" and concluded that the film was "a serious, intelligent and disturbing horror film". In the United States, The New York Times stated that Barker cast "singularly uninteresting actors" while "the special effects aren't bad - only damp.

This is one of those movies you sit through with mounting dread, as the fear grows inside of you that it will indeed turn out to be feature length. In the early s, Time Out conducted a poll with several authors, directors, actors and critics who have worked within the horror genre to vote for their top horror films. In North America, Hellraiser has been released by Anchor Bay Entertainment three times, all of which are the original minute version of the film this is the only version to ever be released on DVD.

The original DVD release was a "barebones" release and is now out of print. It was reissued in with a new 5. Finally, it was packaged along with Hellbound: Hellraiser II in a Limited Edition tin case which included a page colour booklet and a reproduction theatrical poster for both films. Anchor Bay released the film on Blu-ray in This version retains all of the special features found on the 20th anniversary special edition DVD.

In , the film was re-released on Blu-ray by Image Entertainment under the "Midnight Madness" series label. This version contains no special features. However, various Blu-ray releases have since emerged with a highly variable selection of special features, although most of these are recycled from previous DVD releases. On 25 October , Arrow Films released the film on Blu-ray in the UK along with Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth in a Scarlet Box edition featuring new 2K restorations and extensive list of bonus features including feature-length documentaries on the first 2 films and a bonus disc containing additional content such as 2 short films by Clive Barker.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film, Clive Barker has adapted his early "Hell Priest" concept designs for the Lead Cenobite into an officially licensed mask for Composite Effects. Only a limited quantity of thirty of these masks were made and then released to the public on 24 March It additionally received a theatrical screening at the Prince Charles Cinema , where it made its world premiere in A remixed and remastered version of Christopher Young's score was also be made available, debuting at the Anniversary screening.

Dimension Films ' remake of Hellraiser was announced in November Monroe's ex-girlfriend Terri finds the box and brings it to news reporter Joey Summerskill , who immediately begins to investigate.

Meanwhile Pinhead reveals himself to Monroe and uses him to resurrect his flesh form. He sets out to destroy the puzzle box so he need never return to Hell again. Joey, however, having been contacted by the other, formerly human half of Pinhead's spirit, manages to convert the box into the diamond shape, previously shown in Hellbound, and stab Pinhead, causing him to be pulled back into hell along with his human side.

Joey then buries the box deep into a pit of cement on a building site. The movie ends with a shot of the completed building which is covered in patterns that match the Lament Configuration. The film begins at Space Station Minos in the year Paul Merchant, the man who built the station, has a robot solve the Lament Configuration the robot is subsequently destroyed.

A flashback is shown to around years ago. Le'Marchant, in the process of inventing a design the Elysium Configuration to destroy the demons, attempts to steal back the box but is discovered. The toymaker is informed that he and his bloodline are cursed until the end of time because of the box he created. Angelique finds the Lament Configuration in a cement pillar in the basement and makes a man solve it, and he is killed by Pinhead.

Pinhead wants to make John use the Elysium Configuration to keep the gateway to Hell open so he can come and go as he pleases. After locking him up, Rimmer releases Paul Merchant from his cell. He has a plan to destroy the Cenobites and built Minos for that specific reason. Paul distracts Pinhead with a hologram while he gets on the shuttle with Rimmer, and activates the Elysium Configuration. A series of powerful lasers and mirrors create a field of perpetual light, while the station transforms and folds around the light to create a massive box.

The light is trapped within the box, which then self destructs, destroying the Cenobites and severing the connection between Hell and Earth forever. Detective Joseph Thorne discovers the Lament Configuration while working on a series of sadistic ritualistic murders with connections to an enigmatic figure known only as The Engineer. After sleeping with a sex worker he goes to the bathroom, taking the box with him.

He sits and tries to solve the box. He has what appears to be a bad dream. What he does not realise is that he is trapped in Hell, constantly awakening next to the box on the bathroom floor. The Lament Configuration is featured only a small number of times as this movie and those after it were more psychological thrillers than horror movies and contained very little of what had been seen in previous movies. Again the Lament configuration is only shown a few times. It is seen in a scene where Trevor gives the box to Kirsty as a gift and has her open it.

Also in one scene we see a flashback of Trevor buying the box from the guardian.


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It appears as a ball at first but when rolled across the desk it becomes a box. At the address given to her by her editor, Amy Klein finds the corpse of a girl named Marla and a puzzle box. In her hotel room, despite being told not to do so by Marla, she opens the puzzle box. Hooks appear which try to pull her into the box. Pinhead the Cenobite appears, warning her she is in danger. Also the puzzle box was shown to be safe and intact despite the explosion which brought down the whole building at the end of the movie. Film opens at the funeral of Adam, one of the friends who was obsessed with the game and was murdered by the Cenobites after, unknowingly, releasing them by solving the puzzle box, which was in his father's possession.

Later, the Adam's father sits in a bedroom, going through souvenirs of his son. He finds and opens an actual Le'Marchant's box, which summons the Cenobites.

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Pinhead praises Adam's ingenuity and mocks the Host's disbelief. The Host frantically tries to wake up from his supposed nightmare, but the Chatterer Cenobite slices him into chunks. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki.