Scariest movie monster: Pinhead or Jigsaw? | The Tylt
Scariest movie monster: Pinhead or Jigsaw?
Just like a classic movie monster, our Monster Madness bracket is back and bigger than ever. We're pitting 16 heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Last year, Chucky ran away with the whole thing, toppling Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the crown of scariest horror icon ever.
But this year, it's anyone's game—with new contestants Jigsaw, Pennywise, the Babadook and Norman Bates eyeing the haunted throne. Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱
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 nine 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. The device opens a portal to another dimension inhabited by demons. Pinhead leads a sadomasochistic group of demons called Cenobites who subject their human victims to an eternity of torture.
Pinhead, also referred to as "the Hell Priest," is a practitioner of dark magic; 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.
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Pinhead.
John Kramer, a.k.a. Jigsaw, is an original character created by horror filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell, first appearing in the 2004 film "Saw." Portrayed by veteran actor Tobin Bell, Jigsaw is a brilliant engineer who creates elaborate torture traps to test his victims and keeps a piece of flesh in the shape of puzzle piece from anyone who doesn't survive (hence the nickname). The franchise has grossed nearly $1 billion at the box office, with an eighth sequel set to debut on October 27.
Jigsaw has a sympathetic origin story, as Kramer was diagnosed with terminal cancer after a tragic miscarriage ended his marriage. Pushed to the brink of death, Jigsaw saw value in life and began to build elaborate torture traps designed to test subjects he deemed ungrateful. Always three steps ahead of everyone, Jigsaw is driven by the urge to see how far people are willing to go to live. Jigsaw also recruited a mentally unstable group of allies as the sprawling franchise began to resemble something like a horror soap opera.
While Kramer died over a decade ago (it's complicated), rumors indicate he will return in the upcoming eighth installment of the franchise, "Jigsaw."
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about the "Saw" franchise.