10 ‘Hellraiser’ Facts That Will Tear Your Soul Apart
Everyone knows the main demon from Hellraiser as “Pinhead.” But did you know that was never he intended name? In Clive Barker’s original Hellraiser screenplay, the character was referred to as “Lead Cenobite.” Pinhead was just a nickname that stuck — and one that Barker himself never really liked. In his later Hellraiser novels he gave him a proper name: “The Hell Priest.” That’s just one of the many facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which will peer inside the puzzle box to bring you fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia about the original Hellraiser.
Made for just $1 million, the first Hellraiser went on to make almost $15 million at the box office, and sparked an entire multimedia franchise. Barker’s original cut nearly got an X-rating from the MPAA (this was back in the days before NC-17); to get an R, he had to cut out some of the film’s notoriously graphic horror imagery, and at least a couple of thrusts from a sex scene. (The MPAA said he could have two thrusts. Three thrusts meant X.)
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