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“Hellraiser” villain Pinhead wasn’t originally male & has always been queer

Hellraiser features transgender actress Jamie Clayton as the film’s iconic villain Pinhead.Some fans worried about a woman playing a male villain, especially since the role was first made iconic by male actor Doug Bradley. But the 1986 novella that Hellraiser was based on, entitled The Hellbound Heart, actually depicted Pinhead as somewhat androgynous, a fact that the film and its many sequels seemingly forgot.The 1987 Hellraiser and The Hellbound Heart both show the cenobites, an order of mutilated hell priests who are summoned to Earth through a mysterious puzzle box known as The Lemarchand Configuration.
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Dominique Jackson slays as Bloody Mary, and the future of trans women in horror looks bright
Pose alum and general trans superstar Dominique Jackson just absolutely smashed it in her portrayal of Bloody Mary, and things are truly looking up for transness in horror.In what’s already one of the highest-rated episodes of Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Stories, the actress gives a complex, twist-filled turn as the titular urban legend.Related: The cast of ‘They/Them’ sounds off on why queer people love horror so muchMost times this anthology series can fall more Goosebumps than Twilight Zone. The talents of Quvenzhané Wallis and a new writer/director pair made for a compelling watch, all brought home by Jackson’s commanding, nuanced presence.This isn’t a Ryan Murphy production’s first time at trans women in horror; Angelica Ross was a psych doctor (and, spoiler, crafty killer collaborator) in American Horror Story: 1984.As much as Ryan Murphy has put his weight behind growing queerness in horror in the past decade or so, he’s absolutely not the only one out here.Quei Tann recently starred in Peacock’s queer conversion camp slasher They/Them as Alexandra, a brave girl who gets forced into the boys’ cabin (one of the first villainous acts of the antagonists that helps make their demise that much more deserved).Sense8‘s Jamie Clayton is currently set to play the iconic Pinhead in the upcoming revamp of Hellraiser, and if her past performances are anything to go by, this will be one Pinhead we can be proud of.Basically, it seems like the days of Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill being a prominent trans woman character in horror are behind us — and thank god.Here’s what the girls have to say about Ms. Jackson’s very scary Mary:Is anyone else as effortlessly iconic as Dominique Jackson onscreen? Living for her new role in
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