Horror fans first saw Clive Barker's Cenobites brought to life in the 1987 Hellraiser, in which the main demonic figure was played by Doug Bradley, as he was clad in leather and his head was covered in nails. This earned him the nickname "Pinhead" among fans, with his striking presence resulting in him becoming a defining figure for the franchise. As any fan of Barker's work can tell you, the source material "The Hellbound Heart" noted that the figure's gender was indiscernible, with clues even being given that the character likely appeared to be more female-presenting.
Fans have been waiting decades to see this character brought to life in a way that more closely honored the source material, which makes the casting of Sense8 and The L Word star Jamie Clayton for the Pinhead character in the upcoming Hellraiser adaptation for Hulu exciting for fans. While we can surely expect plenty of surprises from the new film, director David Bruckner has clearly already found a way to not only honor the source material but also put a different spin on the series that will differentiate itself from all the previous live-action films.
Scroll down to see what Hellraiser fans are saying about the new casting announcement.
Great news for horror by honoring Clive’s original vision, bad news for bros who still haven’t figured out that Pinhead has always been free of gender and the binary. 💅 https://t.co/yct3MLZDg6— Michael Kennedy (@MichaelKenKen) October 7, 2021
Just a Reminder
is this a good time to mention that in the books pinhead is described as having an indiscernible gender or have the dudebros already gotten pissy https://t.co/ZpXJVw1140— fruit (derogatory) (@ghostsngremlins) October 7, 2021
Well, Pinhead was a woman in the original stage play version The Hellbound Heart, so this is VERY exciting! https://t.co/9sZyOUV8dt— Rosalind Mosis (@RosalindMosis) October 7, 2021
This is so incredibly cool!
In the original novella The Hellbound Heart, the character who would become Pinhead was of unknown gender with a feminine, melodic voice.
If anti-SJW dudes are gonna get buttmad, then they're just showing they have no clue about the source material. https://t.co/JNisfbsnGY— Intellectual Duck Web 🎃 🍺 (@pixelkitties) October 7, 2021
Intrigued and Excited
Pinhead in Barker's original novella is described as either female or of an indescribable gender.
Genuinely intrigued by this choice, but also genuinely excited. https://t.co/fxmeSswOFI— Ant 🎃All Hallows Eve💀 (@AGramuglia) October 7, 2021
"Ahead of the Discourse"
Getting ahead of the discourse by tweeting right now that Pinhead was an androgynous sexless demon in the book Hellbound Heart so shut up right now— jacob lantern 🎃 (@PunkCaeser) October 7, 2021
"A Waste of Good Suffering."
To anyone whining about a female Pinhead casting. pic.twitter.com/A75m9nlPOC— 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ Finklefaust🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 (@finklefaust) October 7, 2021
Pinhead, and most of the Cenobites, are sort of ambiguous with gender. The recent casting of Jamie Clayton as Pinhead is an excellent choice BECAUSE of that.— Tha Ghost of Kyle J. West 🎃 (@VaguelySquare) October 7, 2021
Re: People saying that casting Pinhead with Jamie Clayton is "woke".
1. Have you read any Clive Barker? Imajica (written in 1991) had a scene where the protagonist defends their lover's pronouns. It also has wild gender-fluid sex.
2. Have you read Hellbound Heart?October 7, 2021
Get Over It
People upset with Female Pinhead in the #Hellraiser Reboot I guess you aren't aware Pinhead in the original script was actually a woman and the role was changed to a male? I also guess you never read the comics...they have a woman Pinhead. Like we're in 2021 guys get over it.— Kevin Perez (@Kevin4TheWin) October 7, 2021
Stay tuned for details on the new Hellraiser.
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