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Original Pinhead Actor Praises Hellraiser Reboot’s Villain Redesign

Doug Bradley, the original actor who plays Pinhead, praises Jamie Clayton’s reimagining of the iconic villain in the Hellraiser reboot.

Original Pinhead Actor Doug Bradley Praises the Reimagined Version of the Villain for the Coming Hellraiser Restart. Released in 1987, the first Hellraiser introduced Bradley’s Pinhead, the leader of a group of extradimensional beings known as the Cenobites who can no longer distinguish between pleasure and pain. The film, directed by Clive Barker, is now widely regarded as a cult classic, with some Hellraiser sequels that followed in the decades that followed. Now director David Bruckner is ready to release his own album Hellraiser reboot next month on Hulu, with actor Jamie Clayton taking on the iconic role.


The following Hellraiser The film is said to follow a young woman, struggling to overcome an addiction, who happens to come across an old puzzle box that summons Pinhead and the Cenobites. Clayton’s version of Pinhead was first unveiled last month, with a slightly updated look while retaining many of the same core design principles. The first Hellraiser reboot trailer teased some of what’s to come and gave fans a new look at Clayton’s Pinhead. Bradley previously commented on Hellraiser makes Pinhead female for the first time, and now he’s giving his opinion on the character’s new look.

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In a recent tweet, Bradley has nothing but high praise for Clayton’s new Pinhead look in the coming Hellraiser Restart. The actor says he “blown away” due to the redesign of the character, praising many of the smaller details and especially drawing attention to the throat area of ​​the character, which has been made much spicier. All in all, the new Pinhead look is appropriate “simple, subtle, disturbing and sexyBradley says.

Will the Hellraiser reboot live up to the original?

While many fans agree that the numerous Hellraiser sequels didn’t quite live up to expectations, hopes are high that Hulu’s upcoming reboot will finally do justice to Barker’s original film. Now 35 years old, the original Hellraiser remains one of the most beloved horror films of the time, as do other classics such as A nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. Not only is the film itself now horror royalty, but Pinhead’s unique design has made the character one of the most recognizable horror movie villains of all time.

Despite the high bar that Barker’s debut in the franchise has set, fans will be pleased to hear that the initial reactions from critics to the Hellraiser reboot was overwhelmingly positive, with many calling it the best since the original. While getting a good Hellraiser film is its own reward, having Bradley’s hallmark on Pinhead’s redesign is definitely the icing on the cake. It remains to be seen how the coming Hellraiser reboot will do with a general audience, but thankfully there’s now less than a week to go before the new Pinhead is revealed in all her gory glory.

Source: Doug Bradley

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