Did you know that Hellraiser turns 30 this year?!
Yes, it was back in September of 1987 that we first met Pinhead in Clive Barker’s feature debut, which was based on Barker-penned novella The Hellbound Heart. In celebration of the lead Cenobite’s 30th birthday, Barker has just teamed up with Composite Effects, masters of the silicone mask industry, for a brand spankin’ new limited edition offering that we kind of need.
The mask, of which only 30 will be made, is based on Barker’s original concept sketches for “The Hell Priest,” the character that of course became Hellraiser franchise icon Pinhead.
The company explains:
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this horror icon, the folks at Composite Effects are working with Clive Barker to produce a limited run of 30 signed and numbered masks based off of Clive Barker’s original “Hell Priest” design sketches! Each mask is hand-made with meticulous care and attention to detail. Once the 30th piece is finished, the mold will be smashed in a ritual of rage and release. Along with a signed certificate of authenticity , a piece of the mold will be included with each finished mask, a sharp reminder of both pain and pleasure.
Pricing and availability will be announced at Transworld. Transworld attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase on Thursday (March 23). The mask will be offered to the public on Friday (March 24) until all 30 have been sold.
After all 30 have been cast, we will announce and host a live Facebook event allowing everyone to watch the mold getting destroyed!
As you’ll see below, the original “Hell Priest” looks quite a bit different than the Pinhead character we all know and love. Barker wanted to go back to the beginning for this unique mask.
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