Up next in Mr. H’s ongoing series exploring the periphery characters in the Hellraiser franchise is Butterball, played by Simon Bamford in the original film and its sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. As one of the primary four Cenobites, he’s a fan favorite, but he’s also perhaps the most enigmatic of the bunch. Pinhead (Doug Bradley) is clearly the leader of the sect and their spokesman; Female aka Deep Throat (Grace Kirby/Barbie Wilde) is his primary advisory; Chatterer (Nicholas Vince) is the enforcer of the group; but what is Butterball’s role?
He’s bloated, disgusting, mute & blind, yet he wields instruments of torture with the best of them, sporting the same sinister utility belt as Pinhead and Female. Still, there’s something primitive about him, like a ghoulish ogre. His girth implies greed and a need for consumption, but what exactly does he crave?
Settle in for another illuminating exploration in the video below and let us know what you think in the Comments section. What’s your opinion of the Butterball Cenobite? Let’s discuss.
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In other Clive Barker news, Hellraiser: Anthology – Volume 2 is headed our way in later this month! The graphic novel will feature stories written by returning Hellraiser comic scribes Ben Meares, Christian Francis, Mark Alan Miller, David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry, and Matt Murray, as well as newcomers to the series Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler and Ken Winkler.
Artists include returning Hellraiser alumni Daniele Serra (who provides the cover along with a six-page story), Riley Schmitz, Jim Terry Art, and Nick Percival, along with newcomers to the series Mark Torres, Hector Casanova, Christian DiBari, Simon Gough, Devmalya Pramani, and Nino Cammarata.
The folks at Seraphim have been making the rounds on the convention circuit, promoting all things Clive Barker related, especially the wildly successful Hellraiser: Anthology Vol 1. Fans will be able to snap up the first copies of Hellraiser: Anthology Vol 2 on the floor of Son of Monsterpalooza, an annual event returning to Burbank, CA on September 15th thru 17th. It’ll be available to the masses on www.realclivebarker.com beginning September 24th.