In the fourth film he is presented as a megalomaniac bent on world domination, 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. He's already so terrifying that when he makes a move, it means something. 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. Kirsty is now married to Trevor, a corrupt insurance agent who plots to have her killed in a murder-for-money scheme, using Lemarchand's box to "cleanly" kill Kirsty without the evidence pointing to himself, his mistress, or his conspirators. In the films, the character is only ever referred to as "Pinhead" by protagonist Joey Summerskill in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. 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. 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. The Scarlet Gospels novel established that Lucifer, the Biblical Devil who rules Hell, abandoned his dominion some time ago. The Hellbound Heart 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. The film was produced as the cinematic equivalent of an ashcan copy to preserve Dimension Films' rights to the franchise. The first Cenobite became Butterball, the second Pinhead, the third Chatterer, and the fourth The Female. The two help him in his quest to become a better artist by showing him the "pleasures of deception". In the Boom! He then kills Edgar and says goodbye to Kirsty.[8]. ", Among Tunnicliffe's redesigns included the usage of square shafted nails for the iconic pins, which were meant to look rusted and handmade. The protagonist Kirsty also wonders if other puzzle boxes might open doorways to Heavenly dimensions. Pinhead, flanked by the Siamese Twins cenobite (left) and the demon princess Angelique (Valentina Vargas) (right), as shown in Hellraiser: Bloodline. 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 "...it is not hands that call us, it is desire." Leviathan tested Spencer by having him seduce his daughter Danielle, letting him live out his fantasy at least. In the first eight Hellraiser films, Pinhead is portrayed by Doug Bradley. These comics followed the canon of the first three films, taking place sometime after the events of the third. During World War I, Spencer saw a collection of dead bodies hanging from a tree and considered it to be beautiful and also confirmation that there was no order to the world. In Hellraiser: Judgment (2018), Pinhead is portrayed by Paul T. Taylor. As writer-director Gary J. Tunnicliffe explained, "This is a very no-nonsense Pinhead. Because of his eventual skill at the application and removal of the Pinhead appliances and costume, Bradley has been credited in some of the Hellraiser films as an assistant make-up artist. The American actor used a faux British accent when portraying the character due to his belief that "Pinhead has to be British". I felt now that Pinhead existed in an emotional limbo where neither pain nor pleasure could touch him. 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 or demonic, stating that he and his fellow entourage are "Explorers in the further regions of experience. He is capable of converting other people into Cenobites, though this requires them to die in the process. [7] Barker's novel The Scarlet Gospels indicate there is debate on whether there has always been one Hell Priest existing for many millennia ago or if the title and nature of the Hell Priest has been adopted by many different humans-turned-Cenobite across the centuries. The other thing is that there are these lacerations that are diagonal and very random. In the storytline "The Harrowing", 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. However, the studio wanted to return Pinhead to his villainous roots in a sequel. 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. By July 1986, the shooting script positively identified the single pinheaded Cenobite from the earlier draft as clearly the leader. After Abaddon's forces are stopped, Leviathan makes a deal with Kirsty and Spencer each in order to end their conflicts. 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. His name is derived from a sobriquet given to him by the crew of the first Hellraiser film. The narration says the jeweled pins in his head have blackened over the years, now resembling iron nails (giving him an appearance now more in line with the film franchise). Studios, plotted by Clive Barker who co-wrote it with various authors. In the Pinhead/Marshal Law crossover, it is revealed that Pinhead's human incarnation, Captain Spencer, took part in the Battle of the Somme. It’s because you always feel that he’s going to be three jumps ahead of you.". Pinhead is a big strong puppet with huge human hands and a tiny head. A perpetual, unconscious grieving for the man he had once been, for a life and a face he couldn't even remember. [35], In the film franchise, Pinhead's role has varied with each installment. Pinhead will cease to exist. Summerskill then uses the Lament Configuration to banish the restored Cenobite back to Hell.[18]. In the comic book series, Pinhead is depicted as the latest incarnation of the cenobite spirit Xipe Totec, an entity derived from Aztec mythology. [41], This article is about the Hellraiser character. Pinhead Cast in, "Why Hellraiser Creator Clive Barker Hates Pinhead's Name", "How Does The Scarlet Gospels Stack Up To Clive Barker's Horror Classics? 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".[2]. Barker promised to give the character an official name in The Scarlet Gospels. D'Amour considers that the Cenobites, being human converts, are different in nature and motivation to the purebred demons he has met before (in the short story "The Last Illusion"). 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. Black The film series reveals Pinhead was once British soldier Captain Elliott Spencer who became disillusioned with life and humanity during his experiences during World War I, leading him to summon the Cenobites and join their ranks. Opening it, the host is greeted by Pinhead, who praises his son's ingenuity before ordering a pair of Cenobites to kill him. Though described by Pinhead's human half in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth as being "very persuasive and very inventive", 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, a person with microcephaly; Pinhead (), the primary antagonist from the Hellraiser filmsPinhead (), a character in the Australian soap opera NeighborsPinhead (Puppet Master), a character in the Puppet Master series of filmsZip the Pinhead (c. 1857–1926), an American circus performer; Zippy the Pinhead, a comic strip character First appearance Studios, Barker refers to the character as "the Priest." By July 1986, the shooting script positively identified the single pinheaded Cenobite from the earlier draft as clearly the leader. 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. I feel like I was in character the whole time, and I don't mean that in some sort of artistic, lofty way. Barker drew influence from classical cinematic depictions of Count Dracula, in particular as portrayed by Christopher Lee. His magic is also used for creating objects out of thin air, teleporting, creating explosions at distances and deceiving opponents with illusions. Every inch of its head had been tattooed with an intricate grid, and at every intersection of horizontal and vertical axes a jeweled pin driven through to the bone. Pinhead's role has varied with each Hellraiser installment. 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. The character's past, which is alluded to in Hellbound, is expanded upon in the third film Hell on Earth. 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