Cenobites are the order of demons that serve as Hellraiser’s main villains, but how are they created? Here is the process explained.
The Cenobites are a demonic order that serve as the main villains of the Hellraiser movies, but how are they created? Author Clive Barker first rose to fame in the 1980s thanks to the success of Blood books Y The doom game. He also wrote the scripts for two low-budget films such as the cult Irish horror. Rawhead RexBut after being unhappy with the end result of both, he set about making his own movie. He adapted his novel The infernal heart, where a man in search of the best experience opens a puzzle box that unleashes demons known as cenobites.
The resulting adaptation Hellraiser It was a unique and surprising horror experience that is now considered a classic. It also introduced the audience to Doug Bradley’s Pinhead, the main cenobite who was terrifying and eloquent in equal measure. Hellraiser , which was once planned as a direct-to-video release, became a surprise hit and thus launched a franchise. Sadly, following the poor performance of the 1996 prequel / sequel Blood line – which also killed Pinhead – the series was relegated to STV, the most recent being Hellraiser: Juicio, the tenth installment.
Fortunately for fans, a Hellraiser The reboot of the HBO movie and TV series is on the horizon and promises to restore the franchise to its former glories. Despite being an important part of the series, Cenobites don’t tend to get a lot of screen time or development in later sequels, and some viewers aren’t entirely clear on how they’re created. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 sheds some light on this (gruesome) process, revealing that they were all human once and showing how Pinhead was made, plus the new villain, Doctor Philip Channard.
Viewers got to see Channard’s journey from a sociopathic doctor obsessed with the puzzle box and cenobites to his transformation into one. Around the midpoint of Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, the villain Julia Cotton takes Channard into the Labyrinth – basically the cenobite version of Hell – and introduces him to his “God” Leviathan. He then pushes Channand into one of Leviathan’s transformation chambers, and the God of the Labyrinth deems him worthy of meeting his needs. In Channard’s case, this involves being injected with tubes, one to draw his blood and another to replace it with a demonic blue fluid, which turns his skin a grayish-blue color.
It is also garroted with wire around its face and a kind of phallic tube is forced down its throat. Cenobite’s transformation process seems like a nightmare, and their physical appearance changes depending on who they were in life. Since Channard was once a neurosurgeon, Leviathan places a piercing tentacle on his head that is constantly severing his brain. There’s also Hellraiser: Bloodline’s Cenobite twins, who were twin living brothers who were terrified of being separated, so in a cruelly ironic way, Pinhead fused them with a machine.
Hellraiser III He also saw Pinhead create his own set of cenobites, such as the infamous Camerahead, although the exact process remains a mystery. It also appears that the cenobite transformation removes humanity and the memories of the humans suffering from it, including Pinhead, although this does not appear to happen to Channard. Not everyone who opens the Hellraiser The puzzle box undergoes the process, making it difficult to know which fate is worse; being tortured for eternity or turned into a cenobite in the service of the Leviathan.