Hulu’s new Hellraiser film ripped and tore its manner onto the streaming platform this week, bringing Pinhead again to life with new delights of ache and pleasure alike.
The reboot-ish horror movie arrives simply in time for Halloween film season and continues a storied custom of Pinhead making individuals’s lives extra crammed with ache and pleasure. Jamie Clayton walked us by means of what it takes to develop into a Hellraiser and the extraordinary make-up and prosthetic course of to get into Pinhead mode.
But what about that surprising ending? We talked with director David Bruckner and Clayton about the way it received made and what it means.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the end of Hellraiser 2022.]
In the ultimate stretch of Hellraiser, protagonist Riley and her pals have made their approach to the reclusive billionaire Voight’s compound, with the Cenobites shut behind. They’ve arrange store and blocked out Pinhead and her buddies, till it’s revealed that (1) Voight remains to be alive (though he has an enormous nerve-rending machine protruding of his torso, my favourite a part of the film) and (2) Riley’s boyfriend has been working for Voight the complete time.
There’s an entire sequence that performs out between Voight, the Cenobites, and Riley’s pals, however that’s not what we’re right here to speak about. We’re right here to speak about what occurs subsequent — Voight will get his “reward,” which is a gnarly show of skin-flaying in a stark-white room, reworking him right into a Cenobite himself. It’s one of the vital memorable and jarring sequences within the film.
According to Bruckner, various sensible components had been used to assemble the sequence. The Hellraiser staff created a pores and skin swimsuit and constructed a “real torture table,” utilizing monofilament fishing line to tug aside the pores and skin on the swimsuit.
“No CGI gore,” Bruckner claims. “We were adamant about that.”
New Pinhead Jamie Clayton recalled Bruckner bringing that up early on.
“He told me he wanted do a lot of the effects practically,” Clayton says. “And I was like, [uncontrollable laughter] They did it!”
Bruckner says advances in know-how have made such methods extra doable, utilizing mild touches of VFX to reinforce the prosthetics work and different sensible results.
“It felt like there were new opportunities down that path,” Bruckner says. “Part of the spirit of the franchise is to point out them one thing that they haven’t essentially seen earlier than. And so it felt consistent with that spirit extra to permit ourselves to type of invent and picture.
“Cenobites are generally nude, they don’t need to wear clothes, they’re kind of beyond all these earthly concerns in some way, and are just lost in their pursuit for experience. The flesh is sort of tailored and folded to almost look like clothing. We would say they are their own leather in some ways. And so you just require a little bit of augmentation to help bring it to life, but it’s all practical as well. It’s all actual light falling on prosthetics. And we’re just touching it up in small ways.”
But why finish Hellraiser in that manner? It’s easy, Bruckner says — it’s within the spirit of transformation and alter inherent to the collection (and the Cenobites).
“To have that be [Voight’s] destination plays to the irony of the gifts, the joys of Hellraiser,” Bruckner says. “The Cenobites are inviting you to a party you might not want to be a part of. [It’s] the irony of ‘you’re gonna love this’ and you’re thinking, I don’t know if I’m going to love this! It just felt [like] exactly the right place to leave it.”
It was fairly the expertise to witness on set, as Clayton can attest.
“The days that all seven of the Cenobites were working, everyone’s covered in blood or losing an arm, or getting their skin [flayed],” she says. “Those days were massive. And they did all of that. All of that was happening in front of us.”
Hellraiser is accessible to stream on Hulu.