Hulu’s New Hellraiser Movie Announces Its Pinhead — With A Twist

Hulu’s New Hellraiser Movie Announces Its Pinhead — With A Twist
Jamie Clayton attends Netflix's Sense8 series finale fan screening at ArcLight Hollywood on June 7, 2018. (Photo: Greg Doherty, Getty Images)

Fiends, we officially have a new Pinhead. And who’ll be taking on the iconic horror character is a big surprise.

Stepping into the role Doug Bradley embodied in the cult-beloved Hellraiser films, starting with writer-director Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic, will be Jamie Clayton (Sense8, The L Word: Generation Q). While Pinhead was always, shall we say, a bit androgynous, this marks the first time the Cenobite leader will be played by a woman. According to a press release, the film — which is being made for Hulu and is directed by David Bruckner (The Night House) from a script by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, and a story by David S. Goyer — has just wrapped production. The rest of the cast includes Odessa A’zion, Brandon Flynn, Goran Visnjic (The Boys), Drew Starkey, Adam Faison, Aoife Hinds, and Hiam Abbass (Blade Runner 2049). Described as a “loyal, yet evolved re-imagining” of the 1987 film, it counts Barker among its producers.

Speaking of Barker, he sounds highly excited for this new take on his creation. “Having seen some of the designs from David Bruckner’s new Hellraiser film, they pay homage to what the first film created, but then take it to places it’s never been before,” he said. “This is a Hellraiser on a scale that I simply didn’t expect. David and his team are steeped in the story’s mythology, but what excites me is their desire to honour the original even as they revolutionise it for a new generation.” Bruckner, obviously, is pleased to have this stamp of approval. “It’s been such an honour to have Clive onboard to help support and shepherd us through the incredible universe he created so long ago,” the director said. “Combined with a fearless and committed cast, including the amazing Jamie Clayton, who fully embodies the role as the Hell Priest, we’re aiming to create a very special new chapter in the Hellraiser legacy.”

Hellraiser will bring its puzzle box of terrors to Hulu in the U.S. sometime next year, which fittingly marks the 35th anniversary of the first film’s release.


  • Regardless of Piinhead’s “androgyny”. The human that became pinhead was a man.

    But Hellraiser also has a habit of having “follow-up” named cenobites… Such as Chatterer I and Chatterer III.. and “Female Cenobite” I and II (who also happens to be Chatterer IV)…

    My assumption would be that she will portray Pinhead II, and not (the iconic) OG Pinhead. Would be horrible, lorewise, if it didn’t work like that, especially considering that there is precedence for it…

    Still quite interested in it. 80’s horror is my jam!

    • Well, if you go with Hellraiser – Hellraiser 3, with Captain Elliott Spencer becoming Pinhead from the movies. In The Hellbound Heart, it’s never clearly established. The HBO series doesn’t connect itself to the movie series, and thus, it’s restarting so it doesn’t have to use Spencer’s history as Pinhead.

      If they go with the idea of an androgynous Pinhead, I really hope they keep his/her former history an actual secret, have it as somewhat a mystery. The androgynous nature of the ‘original’ Hellbound Heart Pinhead could be fascinating, and by confirming history you remove a lot of that. Plus, it really enhances the sexual energy of the character, which Cenobites are meant to exude.

      • Like I said… Precedence, regardless of it’s source material then.

        Although, I do find it funny that, well from my experience, when people cast for “androgynous”, it’s almost always a female casting haha.. But mind you, it’s also almost always Tilda Swinton also these days.

        “The HBO series doesn’t connect itself to the movie series”. This I was unaware of, especially when this article states, “Described as a “loyal, yet evolved re-imagining” of the 1987 film”, So I am a bit confused there.

        Either way, I’ll totally get it in a legal fashion 😉 haha

  • Barker’s always been a wanker, since anyone who’s pro PETA is that inherently. Doesn’t matter what he does, I still won’t be touching anything with his name on it.

  • I don’t care if it is a new Pinhead, whether it is male, female or anything in between, don’t care if it a totally new character, just stick to the lore created by the horror legend that is Clive Barker and make sure Jamie brings the intimidating malevolence and darkness that Pinhead brought to the original and you will have a winner for us Barker fans. Otherwise this will just be like Ep 7-9 of Star Wars where they brought in a female lead who was so damn bland and forgot/ignored the Star Wars lore and somehow made a trilogy that didn’t feel like a Star Wars movie and incredibly, a trilogy worse then then Ep 1-3 somehow.

    • I mean, at worst it’ll end up like Hellraiser parts 3 – whatever they’re upto now. Where Pinhead just became ridiculously terrible.

  • I honestly do not understand peoples negativity towards the casting.
    Read the bloody book it was based off and rid yourself of the ignorance.

  • Androgynous is an interesting term to use seeing as the actor is transgender.
    Regardless this is a full reboot so they can do whatever they want with it.
    Clive Barker has regained the rights to the movie from the studio, but i doubt he has any rights to anything that wasn’t in the original script.

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