Doug Bradley Would Love to Play “Older, Darker Pinhead”!

by | Feb 27, 2024

  • Doug Bradley is open to reprising Pinhead in the Hellraiser franchise
  • He has pitched a darker, older version of the cenobite.
  • The Hellraiser franchise is currently uncertain.

Get ready for a spine-tingling news, horror aficionados! As whispers about the future of our beloved Hellraiser franchise swirl like fog in a graveyard, Doug Bradley, the original master of nightmares as the devilishly charismatic Pinhead, has conjured up his dream comeback for the iconic character. After passing the torch (or should we say, the Lament Configuration?) to Jamie Clayton in the 2022 franchise reboot helmed by the visionary David Bruckner, fans have been left wondering: what’s next for the sinister world of The Hellbound Heart?

The reboot, with Clayton at the helm and Bruckner steering the ship back to the story’s eerie roots, cast a spell on viewers and critics alike, securing its spot as a frightfully fantastic follow-up to Clive Barker’s 1987 classic horror masterpiece.

In a tantalizing chat with Bloody Disgusting, Bradley lifted the veil on his thoughts about donning the nails and leather once more. Far from closing the door on his hellish alter ego, Bradley is itching to unleash “an older, darker Pinhead” upon us, yearning to ditch the cheeky zingers and sharp retorts that peppered later installments for a more sinister and shadowy presence. Dive into Bradley’s ghastly vision for Pinhead’s potential return right here:

I certainly never say never. I’ve never said I was done with it. I’ve never said I’m retired from it … I’m sensible about these things, too. I was in my mid-30s when I first played the character, and I was just turning 50 when I played him the last time. I ain’t in that age range anymore. I’m now in my 70th year, and to some extent I think special effects makeup is a younger man’s game. If we did that, we could maybe present an older Pinhead to be aware of the fact that I am the age I am, that time and gravity does what time and gravity does.

An older, darker Pinhead would intrigue me, one not so much in love with the flippant one-liners and the witty comebacks and so forth. That would be the perfect bookend to my life in latex, if I can put it that way … I’ve never turned my back completely on the character, but realistically, I think that’s probably that, and that’s fine. I’m proud of what we did with the movies, and I’m proud of my work in it. I’m cool with being where I am now.

Whilst Bradley’s iconic stint as Pinhead might be a tale of the past, for he’s diving headfirst into a new chilling adventure in Thorns. This scream of a film, inspired by the eerie world of Hellraiser, weaves together dark themes of religion and science, all while dazzling us with some wickedly cool practical special effects. Catch the premiere in select theaters across Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, and California from February 23, and stay tuned for a broader scream across cinemas later this year!




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