Studios comics as a "Cenobium." Traveling to India after the war in 1921, Elliot purchased the Lament C… His origins are explained in the film Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Mais la bataille de la Somme le transforme. It's one of the reasons why Hannibal Lecter is scary, isn't it? Despite his belief in rules, Pinhead can be reasoned and bargained with. In the first eight Hellraiser films, Pinhead is portrayed by Doug Bradley. I mean I maintained the demeanor the whole time because I had to. Demons to some. In 2011, a new Hellraiser comic book series was published by Boom! He then agrees to let Emma go and takes Nico instead. [30], The 2018 film Hellraiser: Judgment updated Pinhead's appearance from the previous films. Years later, during the scripting of Hellraiser, the same design was applied to Pinhead's face to give the same effect. 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. By July 1986, the shooting script positively identified the single pinheaded Cenobite from the earlier draft as clearly the leader. The seventh film reverts closer to the original film, with the Cenobites responsible for pleasure and pain, but the characters seem more demonic as in later installments. Pinhead was also parodied in the 2009 film, Captain Elliott Spenser appears briefly in. Thirty years after Kirsty Singer escaped from the clutches of the Hell Priest, Pinhead, and lived to fight another day, her life has never been the same. However, neither he nor any of his followers have been able to open it. Pinhead is a big strong puppet with huge human hands and a tiny head. Doug Bradley as Captain Elliott Spenser in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Bradley later concluded that while the Cenobites have been active for centuries, Pinhead was originally a person belonging to the 20th century, telling Fangoria, "To me, Pinhead is the chief Cenobite of the 20th Century. Cliver Barker did not care for the nickname, believing it did not suit the dignity of the villain. In Hellraiser: Revelations, Pinhead is prepared to take Emma to the cenobite realm for having opened the box before other characters explain that she was forced to open it at gunpoint by her boyfriend; Pinhead agrees to let Emma go and take Nico instead. The redesign was criticised by Clive Barker as being too bloody: Pascal Laugier, who was set to write the remake wrote an online statement, stressing that Tunnicliffe's redesign was unauthorised, and that he himself had a very different design in mind. There are some notable changes from the novel, such as Pinhead being a man in the movie while the character is actually a woman in the novel, and Kirsty being Rory/Larry's ex-girlfriend in the book while she is his daughter in the film. No glib one-liners, he's a little leaner and a little meaner. When Clive Barker adapted the novella into the 1987 film Hellraiser, he referred to the character in early drafts as "the Priest" but the final film gave no name. Spencer participated in the Battle of Passchendaele, after which he lost faith in humanity and God. A quote attributed to Barker on Movie Pilot in an article published on February 17 of this year states: “One of the things I’m trying to do in the story with D’Amour and Pinhead is, I actually want to kind of make Pinhead feel fucked. The disillusioned and jaded Spenser wandered Earth indulging in a hedonistic lifestyle, turning to the baser methods of gratification for satisfaction and pleasure until finding the Lament Configuration in British India in 1921. Pinhead will cease to exist. Pinhead is a fictional character from the Hellraiser series, mostly serving as the main antagonist. Taylor also incorporated the uncomfortable make-up and costume into his presentation of the sadomasochist, stating "Pinhead's always in agony so he likes it. Nearly thirty years after The Hellbound Heart was published, Barker's 2015 novel The Scarlet Gospels cements the character's official title and rank is "the Hell Priest" and that he hates the nickname "Pinhead." In both Hellraiser and Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Kirsty Cotton bargains with Pinhead to offer him other souls in exchange for her own (in particular, her human adversaries), and appeals to the villain's vanity and pride while doing so. The Pinheads were formed in 1991, in direct emulation of the Ramones, by vocalist Mikey Pinhead, bassist Danny Pinhead, drummer Richie Pinhead and bassist Pauly Pinhead.The Chicago punk band has released Good Bad & Pinheads for Alert Records, and a self-titled album for Spliff in 1995. [6], During filming of the first Hellraiser movie, actor Doug Bradley discussed the character with Clive Barker. He then kills Edgar and says goodbye to Kirsty.[8]. [29], The Hellraiser series ended with issue #20, and the finale featured Spencer being defeated and then imprisoned alongside Kirsty within a "memory sphere" in Leviathan's realm. 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. These comics followed the canon of the first three films, taking place sometime after the events of the third. [23], In Hellraiser: Revelations (2011), Pinhead is physically portrayed by Stephan Smith Collins and voiced by Fred Tatasciore.[24][25]. Although originally portrayed as a subordinate of "The Engineer" in The Hellbound Heart, his film incarnations show him as the leader of secondary cenobite characters. He smiles to Kirsty before being killed by Channard (now a Cenobite) and Julia, who are later defeated. In comics published by Marvel during the 1990s, Barker plotted and oversaw many stories that followed the canon of the Hellraiser movies, starting with the comic series Hellraiser, and later including the spin-off titles Pinhead and The Harrowers. in 2011, Pinhead has reached a crisis point in his existence and now yearns for spiritual salvation and the opportunity to reach Heaven, and puts into motion a plan to destroy his fellow cenobites as a means of atonement. [18] When he is temporarily restored as a spirit in Limbo in the film Hellraiser III, Spencer refers to his Pinhead incarnation as "very persuasive and very inventive",[18] while finding the incarnation of Pinhead that lacks humanity to be a terrible and abhorrent force of evil and suffering. The later films in the franchise were all direct release to home video or video on demand. Pinhead, flanked by the Siamese Twins cenobite (left) and the demon princess Angelique (Valentina Vargas) (right), as shown in Hellraiser: Bloodline. [9], After being disappointed with the way his material had been treated by producers in Underworld (which included a scene in which needles burst out of a character's skull), Barker wrote the novella The Hellbound Heart (1986) as his first step in directing a film by himself, introducing the Cenobites whom he also referred to as "sadomasochists from Hell. Other tales of the Cenobites and Spencer as the Hell Priest are presented in the Boom! All of Hell is then destroyed by an unseen force, including the Hell Priest's remains. Once dead, she reverts to human form and shows that she was once a pretty blonde woman. Pinhead briefly leads his fellow Cenobites in a battle with the newly created Channard cenobite, but is seemingly killed after being reverted to his human form. According to Clive Barker, the popularity of these films led to producers and studios not caring for his intended portrayal of Pinhead as an articulate and intelligent character. When she was eighteen years old, she was rescued by Elsa Mars, thereby becoming the first member of Fräulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities. The production and make-up crew nicknamed the character "Pinhead" … All three appear the first two Hellraiser films, and the Boom! In the original novella, the character Frank believed the Cenobites may have once been human but that their extreme experiments on themselves left them demonic and sexless. In the Harrowing storyline, Pinhead is revealed to have been romantically involved with a cenobite named Merkova, who was killed by the disciples of Morte Mamme, the sister and rival of Leviathan. He confirms that while Leviathan and his Cenobites punish those who sin for the sake of pleasure, other realms of Hell have different demon orders that target other sins. [27] Morte Mamme then selects a group of humans to act in opposition to the Cenobites, calling them the Harrowers. [34] Upon asking Barker how he should play Pinhead, Barker told him to "[think] of him as a cross between an administrator and a surgeon who's responsible for running a hospital where there are no wards, only operating theaters. After Amy is captured by the group's leader, Winter, she learns he is a descendant of puzzle creator Phillip Lemarchand, and believes that it is his birthright to control the box and, thereby, the Cenobites. Pinhead appears at the end of the film to inform Trevor, who had amnesia throughout the film, that he has actually been dead and trapped by the Cenobites for some time; Pinhead had appeared to Kirsty, pleased at the prospect of a "reunion," but Kirsty ultimately struck a deal with him: she would be left alone in exchange for killing Trevor and his conspirators, thus giving the Cenobites the victims' souls. ", Among Tunnicliffe's redesigns included the usage of square shafted nails for the iconic pins, which were meant to look rusted and handmade. A Dutch anti-smoking campaign in the 1990s parodied the image of Pinhead as "Butthead". [35], In the film franchise, Pinhead's role has varied with each installment. He recruits his sister-in-law and secret lover Julia Cotton as an accomplice in these murders. He is capable of converting other people into Cenobites, though this requires them to die in the process. Affiliations Once he is reminded of his human past and recalls his former life, he transforms into a human appearance and is then vulnerable to an attack by Channard. Some suggested Pinhead should act more like Freddy Krueger and crack jokes, while others suggested he be a silent character like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Demons to some. In Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), Pinhead allies himself with the demon princess Angelique, in order to force John Merchant (a descendant of the inventor Lemarchand who built the Lemarchand/Lament Configuration) to create an unsealable gateway to Hell. feature artists each week we feature the best artists for you to discover view artists; played on triple j the latest Unearthed tracks played on triple j radio view tracks; played on unearthed the latest tracks played on our digital radio station view tracks; Reviews. The Pinhead name was used in press materials for the films and the various films to follow, as well as tie-in comic books published by Marvel Comics, including a crossover comic with Marshal Law, and a mini-series entitled Pinhead. Clive Barker's Book of the Damned: A Hellraiser Companion: 1991-1993 #1-4 Hellraiser vs. Nightbreed - Jihad: 1991 #1-2 Epic Book One: 1992 #1 Hellraiser (movie adaptation) 1992 #1 Hellraiser III (movie adaptation) 1992 #1 Hellraiser: Summer Special: 1992 #1 Hellraiser: Holiday Special: 1992 #1 Pinhead: 1993-1994 #1-6 Pinhead vs. Amy successfully opens the box, but rather than submit to Winter, Pinhead instead kills him and his followers for attempting to control it. I swear the way he's going - I have plotted this - the way he's going is so total, is so complete that the most optimistic film producer in Hollywood could never dream of resurrecting him! Kirsty and Tiffany escape the labyrinth.[10]. When Bradley first donned the Pinhead makeup, he spent a few minutes alone in his room getting into character by looking at himself in the mirror. He takes a similar stance in The Scarlet Gospels, initially targeting human magic-users to acquire their power and secrets, and so they won't interfere with his plans. In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), it is learned that Spencer's reversion to his human form caused the negative attributes of himself to manifest into an independent entity, which takes the form of Pinhead. In the Pinhead/Marshal Law crossover series, it is revealed that Pinhead's human incarnation, Captain Spencer, took part in the Battle of the Somme. Both agreed, as the novella indicated, that Pinhead was once human, though when he had lived and died was undecided. Initially, Barker intended Pinhead to have a navel piercing implying that the character had genital piercings. In Hellraiser (1987), directed and written by Clive Barker, Frank Cotton escapes from the Cenobites, slowly rebuilding his body from the flesh and blood of victims. By July 1986, the shooting script positively identified the single pinheaded Cenobite from the earlier draft as clearly the leader. He is capable of creating other cenobites from both living and dead victims. "[9] Starting with the third film, Pinhead is more glib and also openly irreverent toward Christianity, mockingly imitating the stigmata and remarking "not quite" when someone seeing him exclaims "Jesus Christ. In Hellraiser: Deader (2003) Pinhead appears several times to reporter Amy Klein after she tinkers with the box, a central relic of a cult she is investigating. When this woman isn’t partying, she passes the time catching up on the latest in military history. Barker promised to give the character an official name in The Scarlet Gospels. "[31] The flesh exposed on Pinhead's chest was redesigned as a rhombus in honour of Pinhead's master, the fictional character Leviathan.[32]. 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 and to indicate he was confident enough to not feel the need to make threatening gestures or displays. The comic books reveal that humans who lay down certain spells and magical seals can ensure a Cenobite has limited power and will not take them even if summoned. Subject to being taken to the Cenobite realm for having opened the box, Amy instead chooses to commit suicide. Lawnmower Man isnt just another horror film clown. In the film Hellworld, the Cenobites are believed to be fictional characters and so different people in the story refer to the lead Cenobite as Pinhead just as fans of the Hellraiser franchise often do. The first Cenobite became Butterball, the second Pinhead, the third Chatterer, and the fourth The Female. Clive Barker Kirsty's friend and surrogate daughter Tiffany recruits Spencer into the Harrowers, humans who oppose the Cenobites and hunt down Lamarchand puzzles. In the film Hellraiser: Judgment, the name is used onscreen as a derogative term towards the Cenobite by an angel named Jophiel. Angels to others." To me, Pinhead is the chief Cenobite of the 20th Century.". Upon asking Barker how he should play Pinhead, Barker told him to "[think] of him as a cross between an administrator and a surgeon who's responsible for running a hospital where there are no wards, only operating theatres. Bargaining with Kirsty, she has her take his place so he can return to humanity. Desiring answers, he abandoned his duties and wandered, eventually discovering a Lemarchand puzzle box, determined to learn more insight from the Cenobites. What’s more, Pinhead was not the leader of The Order of the Gash; it was indeed (most likely) a female Cenobite who sat atop a macabre throne. 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