Is This the New Pinhead from the ‘Hellraiser’ Remake?

Some interesting new images come forth from the makeup effects creator on the original film.
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A new Hellraiser remake is in the works and apparently the makeup effects creator of the original Pinhead, Gary J. Turncliffe has yet to be asked to participate in the reboot. However, that didn't stop him from redesigning Pinhead on spec and he gave an exclusive look at his new designs to Fangoria, along with Turncliffe talking about the new design. Take a look at the images below along with a test video of his new creation. Also take a look below the images and video for some words from Turncliffe about the new Pinhead project, which he dubbed, "Project Angel: Recreating an Icon."


I have always had strong beliefs that the design for Pinhead (courtesy of creator Clive Barker and also Geoff Portass, the first Pinhead makeup artist) is a brilliantly conceived and executed piece of character prosthetic work, brought to life like no one else could by actor Doug Bradley. I hung my head and sighed, "They just don't get it, do they?" I looked up at the full-size figure of Doug in the makeup in my studio and said to my guys, "Look, it's perfect, how and why would you want to 'reimagine' that?"

I headed to my office annoyed, angry and pissed off. A couple of days later, one of my crew from Two Hours in the Dark approached me and asked me, "If you had to redesign a new, more hardcore Pinhead-what would you do?"

"But, I wouldn't; it's perfect..."

He interrupted. "But if you had to, gun-at-your-wife's-head type of thing...what would you do?"

I thought about it, and then the reality of the situation hit me. If I didn't redesign it, someone out there probably would. And even though I have been involved with HELLRAISER since 1993, it's no guarantee I would be invited back for the possible remake. Here was talk of French directors and, hey, that probably means French makeup FX designers, right?

I figured, I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't, I may as well at least try to create something, throw my version out there to see if it sticks. At the very least, it might end up on YouTube and people would know that I tried. Maybe tried and failed, but at least tried. So we embarked on "Project Angel: Recreating an Icon."

My design idea was to create something that still felt like Pinhead but that stepped away from the "order" of the original design, something that was more painful, more chaotic. Several times over the years, Clive has approached me on various Hellraiser sets and commented that the makeup looked very "clean" and that it had lost some of "the decay, the filth." I decided to amp up the dirtiness of Pinhead's visage, make it more self-inflicted, bloodier and more brutal.

I still wanted to use pins, and so I set about creating new versions: square-shafted pins/nails with square heads, very rusted and almost handmade, like miniature railroad spikes. Then I roughed out the sculpt on a bust of Mike Regan (one of my crew), basically a layer of clay all over with a crisscross of intersecting gashes that were deep. Very deep.

He also added that, despite this new project, he's unsure of the status of this design in the new Hellraiser remake.

Will I be involved in the Hellraiser redux? Truthfully, I have no idea. Maybe I will be deemed "too close to the material," maybe they will want a "fresh take," but maybe they will realize that as well as a makeup FX designer, I am a fan, and more than that a champion of the Hellraiser mythos.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of what Turncliffe had to say on this new project.

Hellraiser was released in 2013.


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  • Emi-Victoria-Tomaszewski • 8 months ago

    His face looks like he was attacked by the zombie cat from Pet Sematary. This makes me sad. :( Poor Pinhead.


    • Duane-Ackerman • 2 years ago

      I think this is just great. It comes much closer to looking like a Clive Barker painting than the original. Also, in the age of Saw-like torture/horror films this "self-inflicted" look is great. It is a nice Pin Head for the new generation of insanely brutal horror films. Nice contacts too by the way.


      • Drew-Mead • 2 years ago

        @lankstun dude watch the originals remakes are always mediocre at best and more often then not complete sh*t


        • Drew-Mead • 2 years ago

          uggg comeon if he has nails in his head then he's nailhead not pinhead that's common sense nails arn't pins neither are railroad spikes


          • kyle-hannah • 7 years ago

            I miss the original Pinhead the one wth the neatly place pins and the bondage outfit ROFL


            • dasboot • 7 years ago

              I havent seen any hellraiser films but the mask looks cool


              • combatmadness360 • 7 years ago

                im very happy with what i see here


                • shell-shock • 7 years ago

                  I think it's awesome. A lot more creepy than the original.


                  • willturpin323 • 7 years ago

                    looks.................LAME as balls


                    • thedarkknight23 • 7 years ago

                      better hell not be cause this looks gay I hope this is just some haunted house attraction


                      • david-dvd-1988 • 7 years ago

                        If thats the new pinhead he looks freaky (in a good way)!


                        • killerman200 • 7 years ago

                          One of the greatest movie quotes, raven.


                          • hackx9 • 7 years ago

                            Awesome,im a f*cking hardcore fan of hellraiser!WE'RE TEAR YOUR SOUL APART!!!LOLZ!


                            • killerman200 • 7 years ago

                              Lankstun you should watch the original. I can tell you right now, that it's a whole lot better than this new one coming out and i won't even have to see it.


                              • lankstun • 7 years ago

                                i havent even seen a hellraiser movie yet so

                                i look forward to seeing this

                                or should i just go find and watch the original

                                idk you tell me


                                • annoyingfilmcritic • 7 years ago

                                  The design looks like sh*t in my opinion...the original is much cooler.

                                  This guy designed it on spec./for kicks and so far, isn't involved in the Hellraiser reboot.

                                  Barker should keep the original design or come up with his own heinous update.


                                  • ajlewis • 7 years ago

                                    Hmmm not sure looks ok ive never been a huge fan but i look forward to seeing this one.


                                    • diaigma • 7 years ago

                                      Well yeah, the movies were gory, but Pinhead never had cuts all over him. Did he? Can't remember.


                                      • residentevilfan • 7 years ago

                                        damn this guy lewks freaky


                                        • clockworkcookie • 7 years ago

                                          Well, Diaigma, the movies were always so gory. This isn't exactly out of place is it. I think it looks pretty impressive. Not exactly better of course, just cool in itself.


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