Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What The Hell Happened To Pinhead?!

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No, that's not someones lame costume for Halloween this year. That's the first look at the new Pinhead, as portayed by Stephan Smith Collins in the upcoming Hellraiser sequel Revelations. I'm not sure what's worse, this or the makeover Freddy got earlier this year....

Not that it really matters anymore with these Hellraiser films because they're sure to suck more and more with each passing year, but I can't imagine why the one good thing they had going for them, Doug Bradley, has been replaced. If this were a remake i'd say absolutely slam some pins into a new actors skull, but why replace Bradley for just another sequel, especially when he's the only actor to ever play Pinhead?

Regardless, if you're gonna replace Bradley, at least make Pinhead look more badass than ever. This shit just looks totally lame and sucks all the coolness out of a character that is pretty damn hard to suck the coolness out of. Sorry guys, but this ones a fail of epic proportions.

The saddest part of all of this is that Gary Tunnicliffe, special effects artist for many of the Hellraiser films as well as this latest one, designed an INCREDIBLE Pinhead makeup a couple years back. From what I remember he was lobbying to be the guy who got to design ole Pin for a proposed remake of the original classic, and this is what he whipped up as his audition of sorts....

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Now that's motherfuckin Pinhead! Save the money on another crappy sequel and just remake the whole damn franchise, with this actor and this makeup. Who's with me?

18 comments:

Copyboy said...

I remember watching a 1990 Mtv Spring Break special that featured pin head mixing bikini babes in a cauldron. Sweet.

Johnny said...

Must track this clip down!!

Mike said...

That is really fucking lame. I suffered through this series because at least they kept Pinhead as Pinhead. Still, maybe that's someone sick joke... to torture the fans while having them come back.... making us open the box to find another shitty watered down sequel. Finally... the last thing we were holding onto... Pinhead... our last shred of hope... they rip it away.

Dimension Films is run by Cenobites!

Jack said...

From what I had heard, I thought the next Hellraiser was supposed to be a remake of the original. Why make another sequel of a franchise that hasn't made money for years rather than go back to the very beginning? True original horror films are actually coming out of Frightfest. The Tomb, Hunger, Grimm Love & the other 5 films are now on Netflix.

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Nik Holmes said...

Just plain weird. If ever a series had spiralled so far down the sweaty buttcrack of horror it really needed a reboot, Hellraiser was it. So instead we get another sequel and Bradley isn't even in it? I'm hoping he just never bothered to pick up the phone when they rang. Coincidentally I'm just watching The Cottage at the moment with it's rare non-pinhead cameo by Bradley. Farmyard fun!

Nik Holmes said...

ah, I just had a look and I see that character's in this sequels have surnames like Craven and Bradley so I assume it likely that Doug Bradley did choose to stay away. I guess they're hoping for the boxset royalties when the inevitable remake does go ahead.

Geof said...

Pinhead? More like Littleface. He's looks goofy. Booo! This looks worse than Krueger's makeover.

Christine Hadden said...

New Pinhead: So. Not. Scary.
Meh.

ThePersonYouBenefitFromKnowing said...

Bradley passed on the script...now that's saying something hhahahaa. Ask Sean Jordan aka VHSPS he's bff's with Bradley

Simon Dedalus said...

I'm going to have to disagree slightly with most here. I really liked the later hellraiser movies. I thought the direction they went where Pinhead was basically playing cryptkeeper for a horror anthology was a decent idea. I liked the one with Lance Henrickson and the Kari Whurer one had great atmosphere.

However, as Doug Bradley isn't dead having anyone else in the roll is just insanely stupid. And the pic of the new pinhead isn't scary. You'd think they'd at least go over the top bloody.

Johnny said...

Thanks for that info Kristy, helps explain some things. But still, Bradley passing on the script of Hellraiser 56 was probably a sign that the franchise is totally dead. Why not take that opportunity to just reboot it?

Strange Kid said...

Disappointed, but not surprised. The entire franchise has been bled dry over the past decade. I hate to even say it, but this is one series that deserves a reboot.

TheodorePuertoriquez said...

I thought Clive Barker was talking about remaking it himself at one point. Also isn't he still writing the first official sequel to the Hellbound Heart? I think it was supposed to be called the Scarlet Gospels and was a crossover with the cenobites and Harry D'Amour. The first three Hellraiser movies were great. Part 3 was probably one of the best part 3s in a franchise besides Nightmare and Friday part 3 which were some of the best of each of those franchises also. Still, this new Pinhead isn't nearly as lame as what they did for the Leprachaun reboot. The makeup is horrible and I admit that Ashton Kutcher did a good job in the Butterfly Effect but he is just way too tall for the role. I just can't see him filling Warwick Davis's shoes.

mickel5555 said...

Yes, this Pinhead sucks. Doug Bradley has the physique to play the Butterball cenobite, now. Do we really want chunky Pinhead?

MJ said...

I've spoken to Doug Bradley before at a convention. He hated that proposed new design for Pinhead as it's chaotic. the very fact that the classic Pinhead has a mathematical-grid pattern of scaring and nails shows a dedication and art to his own pain.

I actually liked the new design myself auntil he said that and then I did a 180.

But all that aside, the new actor looks like a frumpy S&M wannabe.

James said...

"We have such shite to show you." ;o)

Mikey said...

While the new guy looks kind of terrible, I'd pass on the redesign, too. The new guy just looks goofy in the makeup, but the redesign looks nothing at all like what I imagine the Cenobites as. They're clean, surgical, and cold - the proposed design just looks too squishy and messy. Bad as it is, if I had a choice, I'd want the new guy. Still, Hellraiser has sucked immensely for a while now, so it's not like it really matters.

TheodorePuertoriquez said...

Part of the problem to me is that Hellraiser more than any other horror movie had the potential for such an epic story had it been continued the right way. Part 2 seemed to attempt that a little bit but then it just became bullshit. Like the pinhead in space one. Clive Barker is a very interesting director also, so to follow him up with some studio hacks for the sequels is so lame. I think the new pinhead design is hard to look at and kind of disturbing which is good. It makes him scary again. I have never had any interest in the recent Hellraiser sequels though, that Inferno one was actually just a stand alone script that was converted into a Hellraiser sequel by adding Pinhead in randomly. That is the cheapest crap move a studio can pull.