While we might know the story of how young Jason Voorhees drowned in Crystal Lake before rising from the deep to slaughter generations of hormonal teens, or how the Xenomorph slithered off a derelict spacecraft, we don’t know much about the actors who played these awesome roles. There’s a lot more to being a cinematic monster than waving a prop machete at a fumbling babysitter. It’s time we turn off the gore for a little bit and look at the people behind the masks of some of our favorite horror movie monsters.
Pinhead Cenobite played by Doug Bradley
Although writer Clive Barker didn’t name the lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in his novel The Hellbound Heart, the character’s distinctive appearance earned the nickname that stuck throughout the Hellraiser series. Since The Hellbound Heart was adapted into the first Hellraiser movie in 1987, English actor Doug Bradley has become synonymous with the soul-harvesting Pinhead.
Bradley is part of a special group of horror actors who have played their haunting characters at least six times in a row, a list that includes Tobin Bell as Jigsaw, Warwick Davis as Leprechaun, Brad Dourif as Chucky, Christopher Lee as Dracula, and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger—although he’s also developed a somewhat complicated relationship with the franchise. Bradley opted not to return for 2011’s Hellraiser: Revelations, and the saga seems to have moved on without him; 2018’s Hellraiser: Judgment marked the second installment to feature a different actor under the makeup. Still, he’ll always be Pinhead to us, and we have to think the majority of franchise fans agree.