Pinhead became popular for appearing in the Hellraiser series. The name was derived from his appearance but his real title, Hell Priest, was revealed The Scarlet Gospels.

Pinhead was a member of Cenobites, former humans how went to Earth via the Lament Configuration to collect human souls. His intentions were later discovered in the series to be of evil and demonic form.


Pinhead first appeared in a novella entitled The Hellbound Heart which was written by Clive Barker. It was followed by a series of appearances in the Hellaraiser comics which eventually led to the development of the comic miniseries, Pinhead. In the storylines that were depicted, parts of Pinhead’s history were revealed like his relationship with another Cenobite and his human incarnation in the person of Captain Spencer.

His quest for becoming a human was tackled in another comic series that came out in 2011. He guided Kirsty cotton in discovering cenobite artifacts. When Kirsty managed to call upon him and the other cenobites, Pinhead spared Kirsty and killed his comrades instead.

In the Scarlet Gospels, Pinhead gathered all the magic that could be found on earth and took over Lucifer’s throne when he went missing. He also tried to search for Satan but he only found Lucifer’s corpse. When he put on Lucifer’s armor, Lucifer came back to like and seriously injured him. His death was followed by the appearance of Satan who was now on his to Earth.


Pinhead first appeared on the big screen in Hellraiser. Here, a girl named Kirsty Cotton opened the Lament Configuration which summoned Pinhead and the Cenobites. Instead of killing her, Kirsty’s was spared with the condition that she must lead Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites to the location of her uncle, Frank Cotton. Before they could kill Kirsty at the end, she managed to banish them back from where they came from.

In Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Pinhead remembered some things about his former self. He also fought with other Cenobites against the Channard Cenobite but he was killed when transformed back to his former self as human.

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth showed a split in Spencer’s personality. When he became human again, his negative characters converged into a single entity who took his original Pinhead form while he tried to be free from Cenobite Hell by collecting as much humans as he could. As he killed numerous people, this Pinhead turned some of them into soldiers of the Cenobite army. To prevent him from spreading more catastrophe, Spencer came back from limbo and reunited his self to the second Pinhead.

In Hellraiser: Bloodline, Pinhead sought the help of the demon prince Angelique against John Merchant to prevent him from creating a gateway to hell that could never be closed.

In Hellraiser: Inferno, Pinhead disguised as the police psychiatrist Dr. Paul Gregory before revealing his true form to Detective Joseph Thorne. The detective learned that Pinhead had been imprisoned in hell as punishment for his sins.

Hellraiser: Hellseeker brought back Kirsty who was now married to a man named Trevor. Trevor plotted to have Kirsty killed for money but Pinhead appeared later on to inform him that he had been dead already for quite some time. Kirsty then made a deal with Pinhead to kill Trevor and his colleagues in exchange for her life.

In Hellraiser: Deader, Pinhead learned through the reporter, Amy Klein, that he was probably the descendant of the puzzle creator named Phillip Lemarchand. This led Amy to believe that Pinhead possessed the birthright to serve as the leader of the Cenobites.

In Hellraiser: Hellworld, Pinhead served as the basis of an online role playing game. However, during a Hellraiser-themed party, a vision of Pinhead’s vision appeared to the guests when some of them were drugged and buried alive by the party’s host. It seemed that the host blamed them for his son’s death but the truth was his son’s death was caused by a Lemarchand box that he found previously. The real Pinhead then appeared and killed the party’s host.

Pinhead’s last appearance was in Hellraiser: Revelations which came out in 2011.