I love Hellraiser. It’s one of my favorite horror films, I think Clive Barker is a genius, and I’m always fascinated by the blend of horror, fantasy, and queerness that he made his bread and butter. There are two legitimately great Hellraiser movies, one interesting if flawed one, one set in space with Adam Scott, and a bunch of terrible ones that exist solely because Bob Weinstein wanted to hold onto the adaptation option. It’s a franchise that’s long been due a revamp, and we came terrifyingly close to studios trying to make a PG-13 version for teen audiences. Thankfully, Hulu has promised us an R rating with its reboot, appropriately titled Hellraiser. Hey, it worked for Halloween.
Director David Bruckner is behind the camera, and Sense8 actress Jamie Clayton is our new Pinhead. Entertainment Weekly shared the first full image of Clayton in the iconic makeup.
I love her already. Count us as scared AND horny!
The Pinhead Emeritus, Doug Bradley, has already voiced his support for Clayton’s casting.
Loved Sense8! Disappointed we didn’t get another season. Contrary to any rumors, I am fully supportive of your casting and looking forward to your performance! Peace and Pain, Doug ðŸ–¤ðŸ¤˜ðŸ¼ðŸ”¥â›“ https://t.co/XHJTOLLdRY— Doug Bradley (@RealDougBradley) August 30, 2022
Yes, bad-faith weirdos are already trying to use the same ‘woke culture’ arguments against Clayton, which only reveals how little they know about Hellraiser. Ah yes, the famously heterosexual Clive Barker’s work was famously devoid of weird gay sh*t and gender transgressions. It’s not as though Pinhead is described in the book as being agender but with a woman’s voice or anything. Losers.
I’m excited to see this new take. Even the original film, which I love so much, isn’t as ferociously sexual as the source material. It never fully embraced the sado-masochistic element that made Barker’s writing feel so radical at the time (and it still is today, to be honest.) It’ll be fun to see one of these films with a real budget and made by people who actually care about it. Bring on the reign of Pinhead Mistress Clayton!
Hellraiser will premiere on Hulu on October 7.