Director and Pinhead Actor Interview

Jamie Clayton as Pinhead/Priest

Jamie Clayton as the new version of a horror icon.
image, spyglass media group

new Hellraiser Coming to Hulu next month, and fans of Clive Barker’s horror franchise are eagerly waiting to see what director David Brueckner It does this to set its film apart from many series entries that have come before. A big change that makes it 11th Hellraiser The film stands out: Jamie Clayton Casting As the anti-demon Pinhead.

Ahead of the film’s release, io9 had a chance to speak with Brueckner (The Night House) and clayton ,sense8, what about video chat Hellraiser Loyalists—and franchise newcomers—can hope.


Cheryl Eddy, io9: The Hellraiser The franchise has been around for 35 years. How do you approach balancing the appeal to long-standing fans and the people watching? Hellraiser Film for the first time?

David Brueckner: upon happening Hellraiser I’m a fan myself, it’s so easy to want to instantly revive what you love about the original movies, and you can’t make it into one movie. So it’s easy to follow those inspirations—but you also have a responsibility to this story. It was always a new story and one that sometimes took you to different places, and you have to follow your inspirations wherever it is concerned. feeling of Hellraiser One that I think embraces the advancement of invention and design and is always ready to go [to] some crazy place. So we wanted to find something that fans would love – but allowed itself to do new things for new audiences and see it as a gateway for people to see old movies. This would be great. This will make me very happy.

io9: Jamie, Doug Bradley’s portrayal of Pinhead is obviously pretty adorable and iconic. Did you study their performance while shaping your attitude towards “priest”?

Jamie Clayton: David and I had many conversations before I would shoot any of the bigger scenes about what the intention would be, what the Priest was sort of feeling and thinking, and all of those things. He did send me one particular scene to watch—that’s our little secret—but he did send me one scene that was his favorite from the original film, and I remembered it. It was so helpful because it really was just sort of tonally an idea. It was this abstract idea, you know, it was one of the many colors with which we painted this beautiful portrait. And so there was that. But I really did just want to just make it my own. That was the goal. I mean, the goal was, even in casting a woman, it was seeking to take the burden off the audience’s shoulders of even trying to compare the two performances, because just right off the bat, they’re just going to be different.

Another Cenobite would like to make your acquaintance.

Another Cenobite would like to make your acquaintance.
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io9: How much of the make-up was practical and how much was CG, and how did you develop your character’s particular speaking voice?

Speaker 3: The makeup took four and a half to six hours depending on the day, how many other Cenobites would be working, and how many people I had working on me. But it’s all—everything that you see, if anybody knows the lingo of Hollywood, “last looks” are when the makeup artists jump in before you’re about to start actually shooting a scene. For any actor, it’s a little bit of powder on the forehead, some lip gloss. But for me and the rest of the Cenobites, it was all kinds of blood and, like, straightening a pin. All of those things [were] practical. There are a few bits that have been painted over to get rid of the seam, but that’s all I’m into in all of that.

The voice was interesting because I did the voice while I taped my audition, and I was just having some fun. In the callback, we did some fun stuff playing with volume and projection and all that. And then once it finally got down [filming] In Serbia, there was a moment when we talked and I was like, “Maybe I’m not even going to do as much as I am.” But then the neck piece is so tight and so confining, I’m like can’t Do more than what I am doing. Once [the costume was] all on, [I was not] able to expand [or take a full breath]so it all stayed back here [in the back of the throat], We just found it, and we found the level, and the expression and the tone, the despondency or the sensuality in it. We found those things there..

io9: David, finally Hellraiser movies that are out in the world, some of which are very touching, and related works that include recently rick and morty casehow do you continue to make Hellraiser scary?

Brueckner: Making things scary is always a challenge. And I think if you’re doing something in a horror movie, you’re crazy — you have artificial monsters, you’re usually battling the elements, and when you’re on the ground, there’s always that danger. Don’t do any of this. but look, Hellraiser It’s about many different things. It is imaginary. it’s scary. It has real qualities. It is a reflection of the inner dilemma of the characters. I like to say that we chased the sick giggle, that side of us that feels like we’re getting away with something, and then allowed ourselves to feel a little astonishment at the horror, and be content. A few ways to be smaller than. So I guess you just trust him and believe in him. to have an honesty Hellraiser that I admire. And of course, when something becomes iconic on the pop culture front, it has to have a more satirical side. But I don’t think it challenges the experience in any way that we can’t back down.

io9: Are you involved in the HBO series at all that was announced in 2020,

Brueckner: I don’t know anything about it, but I wish them all the best. i know clive [Barker’s] working on it. And I think if they can push it, I’ll be a fan. I would love to see what comes out of this.

io9: Speaking of Clive Barker, he is listed as a producer on your film. How involved was he?

Brueckner: He was great. He was very involved. We had a lot of conversations while I was preparing, and even after the fact on editing, and he’s a creative producer, so he’s looking at the material, challenging me, encouraging me to look at different ideas. was there for , He sent me a lot of art. We talked a lot about the theme. He fully embraced the idea that it was after the essence of Hellraiser, but in some ways was also a departure. Before he saw the design, [he] told me, we have to find a new way to do some of this; Times have changed and its spirit has to be revived. And so I hope that’s something that we’ve accomplished. But I am grateful to him for his time, and he is a miracle to work with and talk to. And he was very generous with us.

Hellraiser Premieres October 7 on Hulu.


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