In 1987, Clive Barker unleashed a modern horror masterpiece in Hellraiser. The film is far more complex than a simple slasher or monster film, as the Cenobites are almost background characters. Their short time on screen, and Pinhead’s articulate and intelligent demeanor, only made them more terrifying. In fact, Pinhead is never named in the film. At the time, he was known, officially, as the Lead Cenobite or Hell Priest. The effects crew simply began referring to the character as Pinhead, and it stuck. Clive Barker himself was never a fan of the name, as he felt it was undignified for a character of his stature. In his own follow up novels, the character was referred to as Hell Priest. However, horror fans have taken to the Pinhead name, and the character has become one of the most recognizable horror creations of the late 80’s.
The film itself centers around Kristy, a young girl moving into a new home with her father and step-mother. When they arrive, she comes to realize that Frank, her uncle, is hiding out their. Frank, having escaped hell after opening a puzzle box that summons the sadistic Cenobites, requires blood sacrifices to make himself whole again. When Kristy accidentally solves the box herself, she summons the Cenobites, who plan to take her to their domain. Kristy attempts to strike a deal, leading the Cenobites to her uncle in the hopes they will take him instead.
Thanks to our friends at NECA, we have the first in-hand look at the new Pinhead Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure. Pinhead begins shipping to retailers in early 2020. It’s NECA’s first new 7″ scale Hellraiser figure in about 15 years. After the jump, you can see a full photo gallery and review of the highly anticipated figure.