It was announced today that HBO will be developing a Hellraiser TV series, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to create this list of ten things you might not know about Hellraiser.
The movie is based on a novella, The Hellbound Heart, by Clive Barker, who also directed the film.
Pinhead was originally called Hell Priest and Clive Barker has stated that he always hated the Pinhead name.
One of the film’s stars, Clare Higgins, who played Julia, has never seen the film because she hates horror films.
Clive Barker originally wanted to call the film Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave. Not too surprisingly the studio didn’t accept the title.
Also not too surprising is the fact that the Cenobites outfits were inspired by New York S&M clubs.
The Pinhead makeup took two hours to apply every day and the dark contact lenses made it virtually impossible to see.
The film employed a cockroach wrangler to make sure there were only male cockroaches on set. They didn’t want (and it was also illegal in England) to have male and female cockroaches on set because of fear of breeding and infestation.
Nintendo almost created a Hellraiser video game in the early nineties.
Doug Bradley originally didn’t want to play Pinhead because no one would recognize him. He said in the DVD featurette – “Since I’d be appearing on screen for the first time, it would be a good idea if people could see me and… be able to recognize me. These are solidly good, actorly decisions to make… If I would have been offered one of the leads, I would have taken it without a moment’s hesitation. And I would have been dead wrong.”
The original film was produced for around $1 million and it spawned nine sequels and has been in pop culture for thirty-five years.