There's been a revelation about Hellraiser: Revelations—the role of Pinhead, abandoned by Doug Bradley, who'd portrayed the character in eight Hellraiser movies (the last was 2005's Hellraiser: Hellworld) has finally been filled.
After Bradley announced he was no longer interested in reprising the role for yet another sequel, the question was—who could possibly replace him?
Turns out the role of Pinhead has been snatched by Stephan Smith Collins, a guy basically no one had heard of before (he had a small role in The Darwin Awards with David Arquette a few years back), in Dimension Films' newest low-budget Hellraiser movie. (Apparently, the movie is being done so that they can keep their hands on the movie franchise rights.)
Bradley always brought an elegant, almost aristocratic demeanor to the character of Pinhead, created by author Clive Barker. The leader of the Cenobites was depicted as intelligent and articulate and not simply a mindless horror-movie villain. We'll have to wait and see if Collins can bring the same demeanor to Pinhead—and hope they'll keep the classic look that the character always sported and not attempt something new again (like the look they tried when the film was to be a reboot instead of a sequel).
Written by FX specialist Gary J. Tunnicliffe, the story centers around Steve, played by Nick Eversham (Vampires Suck), and Nico, played by Jay Gillespie (2001 Maniacs), who come across the infamous Hellraiser puzzle box while backpacking in Mexico. Nico tries to get out of his predicament by switching himself with a family member (much like Kirsty Cotton in the first movie), but things don't work out as planned, since the character is also referred as "Pseudo Pinhead." This Pseudo Pinhead will become a faithful servant of Pinhead, and he will closely mimic his appearance and revel in the pain that leads to his pleasure.
The movie will be directed by Victor Garcia (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Mirrors 2) and will also feature ex-Nikita star Peta Wilson (Superman Returns).
Hellraiser: Revelations is scheduled for release on DTV in the U.S. next year.