UPDATE: Thanks to Dread Central, we now have a shot of Doug in full Pinhead regalia; check it out at the very end of the article!
In March, we first brought you the news that Doug Bradley would be donning the nails once again, appearing as the Lead Cenobite for the first time in over a decade as part of traveling exhibition called The Pinhead Experience. Bradley himself made the announcement via Facebook. To recap:
The cat is out of the bag, so to speak.
We’ve been keeping this quiet for nearly a year now and it feels great to finally let you all in on it!
When fans and show organizers started to ask about the possibility of a Pinhead photo op with Doug a few years back, we dismissed it as an impossibility. Almost nothing relating to Pinhead existed anymore. No makeup. No costume. Not even a life cast. Besides, shaking hands and “posing” for a picture with Pinhead seemed like a silly idea. From Doug’s perspective, if he’s in makeup and costume, he’s in character. “Hi. How are you?’ doesn’t quite trip off The Prince Of Pain’s tongue, does it?
The more time went on, the more the questions persisted and the more we talked about it. An idea evolved. If Pinhead can’t enter the fans’ world, how can we bring you into his? If we were to do it, we would want it to stand apart from the rest. It would need to be different. We began to talk about something a little more involved than the photo ops that most fans were used to. We wanted to present an experience and not just a photograph, as close to stepping on set with Doug as Pinhead as we could make it.
We finally made the decision to go forward with our ideas, fully knowing it would be a stressful, expensive, time-consuming undertaking. It would have to be coordinated and funded solely by us, but even with that prospect, we would not skimp on details. We hired some of our closest and most talented friends to help us bring it all to life. We can only hope that everyone will be happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish together. We’re still working on some of the final details but this is something we will present to fans for the first time at Mad Monster Party, Arizona in May, 2017.
We hope you can join Doug for this experience.
-Doug Bradley and Steph Sciullo–
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The announcement came with the video above, which includes FX guru Tom Savini working on new Pinhead prosthetics. Today, we’re getting our first look at the work in progress; a bevy of pics were released via Instagram, one of which features Bradley in makeup (sans nails). Have a look and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
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