Yeah! Doug Bradley is becoming Pinhead once again! Doug Bradly wurde für seine Darstellung des Lead-Cenobits „Pinhead“ im Hellraiser-Franchise von Clive Barker, das im Jahr 1987 startete, zur Horror-Ikone. Während sich der Schauspieler im Jahr 2011 aus der Franchise verabschiedete, so dass die Rolle für neue Schauspieler in den jüngsten Filmen („Hellraiser: Revelations“ und der kommende „Hellraiser: Judgment“) frei wurde, ist Bradly immer noch das Synonym für den fiktiven Höllenpriester. So ist Bradly, zusammen mit den ursprünglichen Cenobiten Barbie Wilde, Nicholas Vince und Simon Bamford, an jeder Horror-Konventionen in den letzten zehn Jahren ein fester Wert. Auf der Suche, den Fans etwas wirklich spektakuläres zu bieten, hat die „Mad Monster Party“ die im Mai 2017 in Arizona stattfindet, sich etwas ganz besonders einfallen lassen und bietet eine ganz besondere Pinhead-Erfahrung: Zum ersten Mal können Horror-Freaks von Angesicht zu Angesicht mit dem Bösewicht ihre eigenen Albträume wahr werden lassen. Bradly hat dazu eine Ankündigung über Facebook veröffentlicht:

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.

Stay tuned!!

-Doug Bradley and Steph Sciullo–

Die Ankündigung kam mit dem folgenden Video, das den Bau von Bradlys neuem Pinhead Kostüm zeigt. Und ja Freunde, das ist FX Guru Tom Savini, der da an der neuen Maske arbeitet!