Concept Make-up Design for Pinhead in the Hellraiser Remake

by Joey Paur

You may have not heard about 'Hallraiser' getting the remake treatment yet but it is something that is going to happen whether you like it or not. The producers for this remake want to take the mythology of Pinhead in a totally different direction than the first time around. They were looking for something "new" and "hardcore". The make-up FX effects artist from the first Hellraiser films Gary J. Tunnicliffedid explained:

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?"

He obviously did not like the direction they wanted to take it, but came to the conclusion that if he didn't work on it and design the make-up FX for the film someone else would. He was compelled to give it a shot. Tunnicliffedid said:

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.

If you want to read the full article which the FX goes into detail and explains the design go to Fangoria who also provided the photos and video below.

Here is what he ended up creating.

So what do you think? Did he fail or succeed? Personally I hate how producers feel that everything need to be more hardcore these days. Sometime less is better.