He has such sights to show you!
Doug Bradly became a horror icon for his portrayal of the lead cenobite, Pinhead, in the Hellraiser franchise launched by Clive Barker in 1987. And while the actor bowed out of the franchise in 2011, leaving the roll opened for new actors in the most recent installments (Hellraiser: Revelations, and the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgment) he’s still the actor most synonymous with the fictional Hell Priest.
Bradly, along with fellow original Cenobites Barbie Wilde, Nicholas Vince, and Simon Bamford (Female, Chatterer, and Butter Ball respectively) has become a staple at horror conventions over the past decade, but he’s looking to bring fans something truly spectacular at the Mad Monster Party in Arizona this May, 2017. It’s called The Pinhead Experience, and it will bring Horror Freaks face-to-face with the elite villain!
Bradly made the announcement on Saturday via Facebook:
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 below, which shows the construction of Bradly’s new Pinhead costume. Yes, that’s FX guru Tom Savini working on the new mask!