Most blood-curdling horror icon: Pinhead or Chucky? | The Tylt
Most blood-curdling horror icon: Pinhead or Chucky?
We've been pitting eight horror heavyweights against each other all month long, and now we're down to the final four. You decide who wins the grand prize! Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawl:
Pinhead was created by horror auteur Clive Barker in 1986, originally appearing in the novella "The Hellbound Heart." The book was adapted for film and titled "Hellraiser," spawning eight sequels and several comic book spin-offs. The franchise has grossed over $50 million at the box office.
Born Captain Elliot Spencer in 1921, Spencer became Pinhead after opening a box called the Lament Configuration. He is 6'5" tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. Pinhead leads a sadomasochistic group of demons called Cenobites who subject their human victims to an eternity of torture.
Also referred to as "the Hell Priest," Pinhead is a practitioner of dark magic, and has the ability to levitate, teleport, create objects from thin air, and turn people into Cenobites. His signature move is using mind-control to attack victims with hooks and chains (to gruesome effect). Actor Doug Bradley has said that Pinhead is more powerful than either Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees.
Chucky was created by American filmmaker Don Mancini in 1988, originally appearing in the 1988 film "Child's Play." The supernatural slasher film spawned five sequels and several comic book spin-offs. The franchise has grossed over $182 million at the box office.
Chucky is actually a possessed "Good Guy" doll, inhabited by the soul of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray. The doll is modeled after the Cabbage Patch Kids and, while only 28 inches tall, has the strength of a full grown man. The franchise revolves around Chucky's mostly unsuccessful plots to transfer his soul to a human host. He has a love interest named Tiffany and is the father of a pair of twins named Glen and Glenda.
Also referred to as "the Lakeshore Strangler," Charles Lee Ray became the killer doll Chucky through the use of a voodoo amulet. Chucky has expert knowledge of dark magic and is basically immortal. Though his appearance has become scarred throughout the series, Chucky has shown to have supernatural regenerative abilities. Chucky has genius-level intellect, expert firearm skills, above-average stealth and speed.
Not only did Pinhead survive a head-to-head matchup with Candyman in our our Monster Madness bracket, he's easily one of the most cerebral villains in the entire genre. You're talking about a monster who is not just a master of macabre, but of the English language—he's a one-liner machine.
Pinhead is calm, cool and collected. And that's what makes him so terrifying; his quips are just as sharp as the hooks he sinks into your skin. Time is just a construct for him and once he ensnares you, he has forever to make you endure the sweet, sweet taste of pain.
Oh, so he's squaring off against a doll? That's cute.
Oh, so Pinhead took out an amputee who vomits bees? That's cute. Chucky took out Freddy Krueger in a landslide. That's a guy who literally haunts your dreams, and Chucky wiped the floor with his fedora. And if anyone is going to take credit for best one-liners, it's everyone's favorite foul-mouthed "Good Guy" doll.
Chucky won't just kill you, he does it with style. You know what's scarier thanopening some dumb box only to find a bunch of demons way too much into BDSM? Walking downstairs in the dark, only to have a super-silent, super-creepy doll unexpectedly rush out of the closet and slash your Achilles tendon. Then—right before he shoves your overweight ass down a flight of stairs—he dispenses a perfectly timed one-liner and laughs maniacally.
Chucky lose to a guy wearing leather and super into acupuncture? Not happening.
You think you know pain? Pinhead is one of the rulers of Hell. He controls an entire dimension dedicated to suffering. Pinhead doesn't need to be cute or stealthy, he'll walk right into your bedroom and tear the flesh off your bones! ⛓
No offense, but anyone dumb enough to get outsmarted by a glorified Rubik's cube isn't that scary. And the whole nails-in-the-face look? Been there, done that. Bring it! 🔪