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When Pinhead Met Lucifer: How Clive Barker “Killed” Pinhead

With a new reboot of Clive Barker’s epic Hellraiser franchise in the works, expect interest in all things Hellraiser-related to surge in the coming months (and, hopefully, years). One of our favorite UK film critics and academics, Mr. H, is a bonafide expert on the franchise, and we’ve featured many of his video explorations of the series. His most recent, embedded at the top of the article, is all about the “death” of the Hell Priest known popularly as Pinhead.

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Can a Cenobite be killed? Sure, Pinhead has “died” in several Hellraiser movies, but death never seemed to stop the sequels. Still, Clive Barker himself gave the celebrated demon a demise in his literary follow-up to The Hellbound Heart, The Scarlet Gospels (published in 2015). So how did Barker “kill” Pinhead? Give Mr. H’s video a spin to find out!

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The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker’s most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D’Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it’s everything they’ve begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker’s horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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