We Have Such Sights to Show You
Originally a character in Clive Barker’s ‘the hellbound heart’, Hellraiser’s Pinhead is an iconic Villain from the 1980’s which had a strong impact upon me.
I really wouldn’t be able to convey exactly why he had such a profound effect, but his demonic presence and sweet promises of suffering have not faded with time, for this reason he remains my favourite horror icon.
I first became aware of Rick’s ( Horrify Me ) work about a year ago. I enjoyed seeing his gruesome horror images and they really stood out against all the glamour and fashion photography I usually see. Then one day, he posted his latest work which was a girl impaled on a pike inspired by the zombie holocaust movie – he got it spot on, it was chilling.
I knew then I had to shoot with Rick and promptly sent him a begging email ( yes I do beg, occasionally ) revealing my desire, for many years, to be transformed into a Cenobite – pinhead to be exact. However I wanted the lighting, style of the photos and make up to be like the original first 2 movies. We didn’t want to do things by halves so we planned out the lighting, poses, outfit and make up down to the fine details.
On the day of the photo shoot, Rick spent about 6 hours doing my make up with great attention to detail. First the rubber skull cap went on ( I have to admit it was freaky seeing myself as a baldy, not a look I plan to adopt ), he then applied what must have been 6 layers of liquid latex. He then painted me white before painstakingly adding 200 pins to the grid he had created over my entire head, before the final touch of airbrush.
The look took some getting used to but I was delighted with the results and loved my new image.
The outfit comprised of latex by Libidex and a leather corset. The outfit hid every inch of my body but leaving my breasts exposed for a more eroticised version of Pinhead.
Blue lighting was arranged to capture the cold, isolating feeling of the original Hellraiser film poster, using gels, filters and fog.
The shoot itself took roughly 2 hours, Rick wanted to add blood to some of the shots for the representation of violence. I must confess, it’s been years since Ive shot with blood but it all came back to me like an old familiar friend.
After the shoot I was very lucky when removing the latex mould from my head that it came off in one perfect piece, so I have kept it as a memento of my day of being Lady Pinhead.
Rick promised me the photos within a week and the man was true to his word, I think I got a few back within 24hours.
I was thrilled. The photos turned out even better than I had hoped for.
Rick named each photo a famous quote from the film.
My desire to shoot horror themed shoots has now been reborn with a fresh new hunger.
Within a few hours of Horrify Me releasing the photos on their own Facebook page, director Tom Holland blogged about the shoot and shared the photos. As it turns out he is only the director of one of my all time favourite vampire films ‘Fright Night’ among other iconic films Stephen Kings ‘Thinner’, Psycho II with Anthony Perkins and the Child’s Play movies “you’re so cool Brewster”.
( Screen shot of Tom Hollands website – thterrortime.com )
I was stunned and delighted.
Now I just hope Clive Barker himself will see them 😉
Video curtasy of HorrifyMe