input did Barker have on HR2?
- Barker sold the rights to Hellraiser for $1 million in the deal that allowed
him to direct the first film. HR2 was based on an original concept by Barker,
but it was really Peter Atkins' (screenwriter) and Tony Randel's (director)
show. He did, however, executive produce the movie and he hung around the
set during filming.
input did Barker have on HR3?
- Originally, Trans Atlantic did not want Barker to have anything to do with
this movie. He was too expensive to hire. When the film was finished, Lawrence
L. Kuppin (head of Trans Atlantic) invited Barker to view the film. He gave
the studio his opinion: "although it contained some great moments, there
was a lot of stuff missing; the ending wasn't right, there was no climax,
[Barker] didn't understand some sequences, and in some parts the story was
incomprehensible." Kuppin then wanted Barker to endorse the film, so
they could release the film under his name. Barker refused "because it
didn't reflect [his] vision of the Hellraiser mythos...." Later, the
heads of Miramax, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, offered to let Barker fix the
film for them. Miramax was going to be HR3's American distributor. Barker
agreed. With Peter Atkins doing the writing, Barker added more death scenes
to the Boiler Room massacre, the scene in which Sandy was skinned by the pillar,
and the bondage scene in which the monstrous machine comes out of the floor
after Joey. Barker thinks the final result was "50/50 split between [his
and Anthony Hickox's] two visions."
input did Barker have on HR4?
- Barker wrote the original outline for HR4. Peter Atkins turned this into
the original script. The story was focused on the Lament Configuration --
not Pinhead. Miramax, towards the end of shooting, decided to change this
storyline around. Rand Ravich was hired to touch up the script and give Pinhead
a more prominent role. Meanwhile, Barker was busy directing Lord of Illusions.
He rarely went to the HR4 set and had no input during its filming.
input did Barker have on HR5?
- None. Barker originally offered to help create HR5 and was even going to
get a Japanese artist to create some interesting Cenobites. Miramax blew him
off. He is finished with Hellraiser movies thanks to the Disney company.
input did Barker have on HR6?
- Rick Bota viewed the finished film with Barker who not only enjoyed it but
gave some notes to the director. Bota went back and added things based on
these including the skinned man at the films conclusion and the Stitch Cenobite
thrusting the metal 'gag' into Trevor.
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have [famous person]'s address or email address?
- Are there
- Not really. The Hellbound Heart is a Barker novella that was the
basis for HR1. Epic Comics also released a comic adaptation of HR3.
- Do real
puzzle boxes exist?
- None that can move like the Hellraiser Box can. Sorry, but the laws of physics
are quite strict about this. For the non-moving variety, check the Puzzle
is the difference between the comic Box and the movie Box?
- Quite a bit. The comic Box has 3 unique panels and the movie Box has 6.
When solved, the movie Box's "star" panel shows 4 Engineers arranged
around the center disk. The comic Box does not. See Image
Gallery: Miscellany for pictures.
is the Engineer?
- In HBH, the Engineer is a Cenobite-like creature from Hell who designs torture
devices. In the script to HR1, the Engineer is the scorpion-like creature
that chases Kirsty out of Hell. In HR5, the Engineer is either a nickname
for Pinhead or the Faceless Killer depending on your view.
is Leviathan? Does he work for Satan or something?
- No. Leviathan is its own deity. The mythologies of Christianity and Hellraiser
are completely separate. In fact, often in the Hellraiser Comics Leviathan
is shown to be a large influence behind world religions. So, while holding
a cross up to a vampire may work, Pinhead just laughs (as in the church scene
in HR3). The name 'Leviathan' has a Biblical origin, ironically. Job 41 is
all about Leviathan, who is a great sea monster associated with chaos. The
Hellraiser Leviathan is virtually the opposite of this representation: a crystalline
deity obsessed with order.
can I find that surgeon scene in HR2? Is this the same as the "Kirsty's Room"
- It doesn't exist. In the original script, Pinhead and the Female Cenobite
surprise Kirsty and Tiffany by transforming from doctors into Cenobites. Bob
Keen and company just couldn't get the scene to look right, so they nixed
it. However, the picture of Pinhead and the Female Cenobite dressed in surgical
scrubs was too interesting to ignore. Consequently, it has been (misleadingly)
used on the packaging of a few versions of the HR2 tape and LD. The "Kirsty's
Room" scene is completely different. You can find it on the American collector's
edition HR2 tape, LD, or DVD.