Day 6: In 1986, Clive Barker publishes his novella The Hellbound Heart. Frank Cotton searches the world for the heights of sensation when he comes finds the Lament Configuration, a puzzle box said to open a portal to unfathomable carnal pleasure. He is instead greeted by the Cenobites, who’s agreement sends him into an eternity of torment. The leader of the Cenobites is the character which is to be known as Pinhead.
Every inch of its head had been tattooed with an intricate grid, and at every intersection of horizontal and vertical axis a jeweled pin driven through to the bone. — The Hellbound Heart, Clive Barker, ch. 1
In 1987, Hellraiser is released in theaters. The film and the novella have actually little to do with Pinhead, focusing on Julia’s affair with Frank Cotton, the betrayal of her husband, and the husbands daughter Kirsty who is caught in the middle of it all. Pinhead and the other Cenobites have a few appearances serving as antagonists to Kirsty and the films main antagonists Frank and Julia. Unlike other 80’s movie monsters, Pinhead was intelligent, articulate, calculating; and like other 80’s movie monsters the rights owners decided to make too many sequels. For me, Hellraiser ends with Hellraiser II, or III if I’m feeling generous, with some interesting story pieces in Bloodlines.
In addition to providing creepy imagery and great monsters, Hellraiser I and II have great scores by Christopher Young. The films’ influence can be seen in the Warhammer 40K race of the Dark Eldar, particularly the Homunculi.
Did you know: It took six hours to apply the Pinhead makeup on Doug Bradley.