‘Hellraiser’ Director Talks About Female Pinhead

by Thomas Tuna

Change is never easy–even for a Cenobite.

One of the main draws for many horror fans waiting for the reboot of the 1987 Hellraiser–which hits Hulu Oct. 7–is the new Pinhead, a key tole played this time around by Jamie Clayton.

One person who certainly has a unique insight into the new character is director David Bruckner. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker discussed the iconic villain’s background and where Pinhead’s focus is in the remake.

As a rule, Bruckner said, “you really want to limit what you tell the audience. There’s a lot of tension built into what you don’t know. So, it’s a parallel creative conversation where you fill in the gaps–of where the Cenobites come from, what the history of the labyrinth is and what the possibilities are behind the Hell Priest’s origin.”

So, Bruckner, added, “we did talk a bit about the Priest, but we also talked about the idea that she had forgotten quite a bit about her origin. She has long been engaged in her pursuit of extreme experience and bestowing that upon others, so I think that’s where her mind resides.”

The R-rated Spyglass Media Group pic–helmed by Bruckner from a screenplay by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski–tells the tale of the iconic puzzle box falling into the hands of a young woman dealing with addiction, who will now have to face the threat of the Cenobites.

Joining Clayton in the cast are Odessa A’zion, Brandon Flynn, Goran Visnjic, Adam Faison, Aolfe Hinds and Hiam Abbass.

The original Hellraiser–from writer/director Clive Barker (who adapted the film from his 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart)–deals with the puzzle box that summons Cenobites, sadomasochistic beings–led by Pinhead–who don’t know the difference between pleasure and pain.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this Hellraiser remake on Hulu.


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