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Desc:Tunnicliffe was the make up artist for several Hellraiser films. Here's his bid for the remake.
Category:Classic Movies, Horror
Tags:creepy, clive barker, remake, Hellraiser, pinhead
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Comment count is 39
freedoom - 2010-02-07
More like Nailhead.
Camonk - 2010-02-07
We're gonna redesign him so he looks exactly the same!
The Faghorn - 2010-02-07
Camonk doesn't know what the hell a redesign means.

Corman's Inferno - 2010-02-07
Yeah, this is about on par with Rob Zombie's Mike Myers (NOW HE'S HUGE AND THE MASK IS KINDA WEATHERBEATEN). Extra star for having his face mutilations be in the same pattern as the original costume.

Camonk - 2010-02-07
Oh it means "design again" which is why it's the same design as before. Makes sense!

memedumpster - 2010-02-07
Backwards chanting and keyboard string voice combined with iMovie filters certainly have improved the icon. I was also impressed with the use of the typewriter font.
APE_GOD - 2010-02-07
Those 'string keyboard voices'. It's original score from Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Shame on you.

memedumpster - 2010-02-07
I refuse to feel bad for not remembering something from Eyes Wide Shut.

StanleyPain - 2010-02-07
Actually, to be more accurate, it's from a series of pieces called "Backward Priests" by a composer named Jocelyn Pook who made an edited version for Eyes Wide Shut at Kubrick's request.

APE_GOD - 2010-02-08
I stand corrected.

Disaster - 2010-02-08
APE_GOD: Would Eyes Wide Shut be worth a rent? It's the only Kubrick movie I have yet to see.

Chancho - 2010-02-07
Looks cool but I prefer the original. I think the nail depth is too uniform. The flayed skin is even and regular.
Pillager - 2010-02-07
I like the eyes.
Binro the Heretic - 2010-02-07
American McGee's: Clive Barker's: Hellraiser

Grimy is scarier!

I prefer the regularity of the old layout. Something about methodically putting nails into a dude's head according to a carefully-measured pattern of cuts seems way more evil and painful than just randomly slashing his face and poking nails in where the lines happen to intersect.

Also, old Pinhead had, like, a hundred more nails in his skull.
a flaming monkey - 2010-02-07
I agree.
Also, why is there a copyright on this? How can you copyright a character that you didn't create?

a flaming monkey - 2010-02-07
can you copyright makeup? Fuck that.

dead_cat - 2010-02-07
He copyrighted the video clip.

Riskbreaker - 2010-02-07
sosage - 2010-02-07
Five stars because it's like a self parody on the futility of remakes.

Let's make what was good about the original look like it was a complete and total happy accident.
APE_GOD - 2010-02-07
This is excrement: the end result of cultural cannibalism, what happens when something is devoured, half digested and shit out.

Cenobytes were not filthy derelict creatures: this design is a rebours the whole notion of why Pinhead was horrific.

Fuck you.

Fuck everything.

Corman's Inferno - 2010-02-07
"Cenobytes were not filthy derelict creatures"

Um, what? Demons with grotesque deformities dressed in grimy black leather isn't "filthy" and "derelict"?

Binro the Heretic - 2010-02-07
Well, to me, the way they seemed to have been so methodically and cleanly sliced up made them scarier.

The female cenobyte had a carefully sliced throat and a little contraption to hold the wound open. She wasn't just ripped up by some maniac. Somebody spent hours doing that to her and did it to maximize the pain.

That was way more chilling to me.

APE_GOD - 2010-02-07

The whole horror of the cenobyte's self immolation was that it was intentional. That's what masochism is. If you didn't notice that's all Hellraiser is about.

The horror comes from the idea that to these creatures pain is something to be elated and celebrated: worn like a tuxedo.

Their costumes were not 'grimy' they were polished leather latex and shiny metal.

So no, you are completely off base here.

dead_cat - 2010-02-07
Before the Hellraiser movies, Cenobyte referred to a variety of monasticism - it's adherents were monks. I always took it to mean that the Hellraiser Cenobites were supposed to be representatives of some sort of Hell religion that worshiped torture and mutilation of the human form.

Somehow clean, painstakingly undertaken, organized mutilations seems more fitting for that interpretation than some guy who's just all slashed-up and full of nails. Unless all the main themes of Hellraiser are being changed for the remake, I don't see this as being an improvement.

Corman's Inferno - 2010-02-07
Fair enough. I should mention I've only seen Hellraiser II and III.

memedumpster - 2010-02-07
Hell was supposed to be a very ordered place.

I'm mad that this remake didn't make Pinhead a chick with little diamonds on the end of each nail... like the book. The book didn't have all the one-liners though.

voodoo_pork - 2010-02-07
Love Hellraiser, not a fan of this re-design.
Cleaner82 - 2010-02-07

I'm not some hellraiser afficianado or anything, but I always liked that aside from the pin grid he had a handsome face. It made him appear stately and dignified in addition to being evil. He had this kind of noble bearing. Caking on a bunch of makeup and giving him GOOGLY EYES doesn't help.

I like the chanting, I think I heard it first in Eyes Wide Shut in what was a fucking amazing scene. So good job aping that I guess.
APE_GOD - 2010-02-07
I agree.

Taking out the eyes makes no sense.

Again, Pinhead was all about control. What made him terrifying was how absolute his authority was once the box was activated. He was an antagonist: an entity taking specific purposed action to bring pain and suffering to our world

Removing the pupils from his eyes and making him look like a zombie also removes his presence of character making him less of an antagonizing force and more of a dull monster.

It quite literally, gives the appearance of lobotomizing a character that was originally complex.

Meerkat - 2010-02-07
He wanted to play soccer but everyone got mad at him and wouldn't pick him for their team.
dead_cat - 2010-02-07
Ugh, I don't like it. 3 for effort, but it's just not Pinhead.
Hooper_X - 2010-02-07
oogaBooga - 2010-02-08
Why would you change pinhead? Why?

You SAW him getting made in one of the movies - it's very specific why his head looks the way it does.

By the way, I was tempted to one star this because fuck this retarded redesign, but then I remembered this is PoE, so the stars go for the evil of changing a classic horror movie icon based on some childish whim. Definitely and evil thing to do to one of my all-time favorite horror icons.
threads - 2010-02-08
Hellraiser doesn't need to be remade, it was perfect the first time.

Also that make-up looks like some kid at a VNV Nation show fell in to a bucket of nails, which just makes me laugh really hard.

kingarthur - 2010-02-08
I'd like to take the time to point out a few things:

1. Tunnicliffe hates the idea that they're redesigning Pinhead as much as anyone. His purpose for doing the redesign was to encourage the new film to keep as much of the original intent as possible.

2. This redesign isn't official.

3. The official redesign will likely be much, much worse as the last screenwriters to touch the project are those responsible for the Feast trilogy and the last few Saw films. Read that again, let it sink in.

4. It seems I sparked a reaction by submitting this, but I do find it genuinely creepy, mostly due to the eyes and unhealed scars. Still, it is nowhere near as disturbing as the original, as the cenobites' wounds definitely communicated a sense of twisting the boundaries between pleasure and pain in a very dignified, yet grotesque, manner.
Disaster - 2010-02-08
3. The official redesign will likely be much, much worse as the last screenwriters to touch the project are those responsible for the Feast trilogy and the last few Saw films. Read that again, let it sink in.

This remake thing is getting way out of hand. Please, please, please don't let that be true. I hear Feast is TERRIBLE and I already hate the Saw series.

Michael Houser - 2010-02-08
The problem is Pinhead and the Cenobites were cooler than the movies they were originally in - it was a relief when they showed up, because you knew things were going to get a lot more interesting. Particularly with the shittier Hellraiser sequels.
They didn't need a redesign; the scripts needed a redesign.
zatojones - 2010-02-08
I dunno... The first two were pretty cool.

Disaster - 2010-02-08
I love Hellraiser but this design would look better in something else. I think it would be more fitting for a Silent Hill monster or a Hellraiser universe based game like if this guy were some kind of wannabe Cenobite or some form of lesser Cenobite or something. I do dig the music though and I LOVE Tunnicliffe so 5 stars.
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