It’s been amusing to see all the wannabe gatekeepers losing their minds over the casting of Jamie Clayton as the new Pinhead for the HELLRAISER remake for Hulu. “Why don’t they just cast somebody black, too, so they can check off all the woke boxes?” one modern-day Einstein lamented. “How dare they make Pinhead a transgender!” bemoaned others. Meanwhile, everyone who is familiar with the source material, Clive Barker’s novella THE HELLBOUND HEART, is laughing at the wannabes. What they know—Ima say “we” because I’m one of ‘em, dangit—is that in the original story not only is the Pinhead character never called Pinhead, the character could be either male or female, or trans. If anything casting Doug Bradley was a departure from the source material. (I’m sure glad they did, as Bradley gave us one of the great Horror icons of all time.) By casting Ms. Clayton, they are returning the story to its roots. I’m excited to see this new take on the character. Give ‘em hell, Jamie!
So what does this news mean for that purported HELLRAISER television series? That’s the one with David Gordon Green (the new HALLOWEEN movies) attached to direct and Michael Dougherty (TRICK ‘R TREAT, KRAMPUS, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS) as one of the writers. Is it possible we’ll see Doug Bradley back in the role, too? How cool would that be? Dueling Pinheads!