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

Some interesting new images come forth from the makeup effects creator on the original film.

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. The film is directed by Patrick Lussier.

Sources: Fangoria
Tags: Hellraiser

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Comments (44)

  1. Emi Victoria Tomaszewski

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

    3 months agoby @Emi-Victoria-TomaszewskiFlag

  2. Duane Ackerman

    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.

    1 year agoby @Duane-AckermanFlag

  3. Drew Mead

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

    2 years agoby @Drew-MeadFlag

  4. Drew Mead

    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

    2 years agoby @Drew-MeadFlag

  5. kyle_hannah

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

    6 years agoby @kyle-hannahFlag

  6. DasBoot

    I havent seen any hellraiser films but the mask looks cool

    6 years agoby @dasbootFlag

  7. The Boondock Saint

    im very happy with what i see here

    6 years agoby @combatmadness360Flag

  8. Shell_Shock

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

    6 years agoby @shell-shockFlag

  9. William A Holla

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

    6 years agoby @willturpin323Flag

  10. The Dark Knight

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

    6 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  11. David-Dvd-1988

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

    6 years agoby @david-dvd-1988Flag

  12. killerman200

    One of the greatest movie quotes, raven.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  13. RavenX5 God of Light

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

    6 years agoby @hackx9Flag

  14. killerman200

    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.

    6 years agoby @killerman200Flag

  15. LankStun

    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

    6 years agoby @lankstunFlag

  16. AnnoyingFilmCritic

    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.

    6 years agoby @annoyingfilmcriticFlag

  17. A-J

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

    6 years agoby @ajlewisFlag

  18. Diaigma

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

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  19. Mr.Rated-R

    damn this guy lewks freaky

    6 years agoby @residentevilfanFlag

  20. Clockworkcookie

    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.

    6 years agoby @clockworkcookieFlag

  21. Diaigma

    So they made him all gory and stuff? Hmmm... I think the original has more class.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  22. Wyverex

    I didn't really like the Hellraiser movies... And I like very much horror movies, but this.... NAH!!!

    6 years agoby @wyverexFlag

  23. Shelley

    To me this looks like someone in a halloween costume, but maybe it is just because it is a different actor. Being a big fan of the original, I hope they are not making some cheap remake just for the sake of money.

    6 years agoby @shelleyFlag

  24. G Irish

    Nah the original was better, stick with what you know and what works

    6 years agoby @girishmanFlag

  25. Radimus-83

    It's not bad, though i do still preferr the original. Maybe it's the guy who is wearing it, he just doesn't have the face for Pinhead!

    6 years agoby @radimus-83Flag

  26. ALor2

    ya i've never been a fan of hellraiser but hellraiser looks f*cking badass.

    6 years agoby @champ2Flag

  27. Vamp

    That's not the costume, dudes. That's just what the guy was wearing. This guy was only working on the facial features of Pinhead.

    6 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  28. -comrade-

    Not sure about the wounds being open AND that bloody, and the eyes look a little dopey, but I think it's a good start, and I'm a "true fan" of the original "Hellraiser" zombie; It was the first horror movie I ever saw. Messenger has it right, though. It doesn't matter how cool he looks unless he's got the pipes to back it up. Definitely a bad costume choice, hope that's just for testing purposes.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  29. Zombie

    God f*cking awful. Any true fan of the Hellraiser flicks is going to hate this. I know I do...

    6 years agoby @zombieFlag

  30. Messenger

    We all know that the makeup for the original is outstanding BUT we also know that the voice behind that make up is what really makes pin head. If you guys enjoy Doug Bradley pick up some of the Cradle of Filth albums, he does clips for them.

    6 years agoby @messengerFlag

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