Exeter filmmaker Ashley Thorpe’s has bagged Hellraiser’s Pinhead as one of the voices in his latest film The Hairy Hands, to be premiered at Two Short Nights on Saturday, November 28.
Actor Dough Bradley, who turned a generation against acupuncture with his rendition of lead Ceonbite, Pinhead, in the Hellraiser franchise, provides the voice of Mr Brook, the suspicious boss of the film’s protagonist that rumbles Cole’s betrayal and instigates his pursuit, in Ashley’s film.
Ashley told D+CFilm: “The part of Mr Brook required someone who could evoke a certain authority, a certain dreadful gravitas -someone that when the audience heard them would instantly understand that Cole’s crimes would have dire consequence. And I kept thinking of Doug Bradley, partially because of the Pinhead thing, but actually more because of his portrayal of Elliot Spencer, the Cenobites human counterpart.
“From the outset I desperately wanted a respected genre actor to play a part in this film, but I never really genuinely thought that something would actually come out of it. I think that’s hats off to Tom’s (Atkinson) professionalism and also testament to Doug Bradley’s commitment to independent Cinema and the sincerity of his love for the genre,” said Ashley.
“It was fascinating talking to Doug about his experiences in the horror field and especially hearing his passionate views on the current state of the horror genre. It’s always a worry to meet someone that you’ve had a great deal of admiration for, but Doug was an absolute gentleman, expressing a sincere interest in Carrion Film’s ongoing horror projects.”
Recording was completed in Soho on Wednesday, November 4, with actress Sam Burgess as the voice of Susie the secretary.
As well as Doug, Hellraiser actor Nicholas Vince also joined the voiceover cast. Nicholas portrayed the Chatterer Cenobite in Hellraiser as well as Kinski in Nightbreed. In The Hairy Hands he lent his vocals to that of the radio caller on a supernatural phone-in (hosted by BBC Radio DJ Jo Loosemore), which forms the film’s expositional frame.
‘Nicholas was a wonderful person to work with: very friendly, very charming we actually spent a lot more time talking about both the Carrion film projects and Hellraiser than actually recording anything! A very generous and charming man, with an infectious laugh!’
The finished film, made in association with the UK Film Council, South West Screen, Devon County Council and the Exeter Phoenix, will make its premiere at this year’s Two Short Nights festival to be held at the Exeter Phoenix, Saturday, November 28.
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