The Squeaking Tribe

Pinhead Marionette Large


Pinhead – Born of the mind of horror-fantasist Clive Barker, Pinhead is the leading Cenobite and the Priest of Hell from his original short fiction, “The Hellbound Heart”. He first appeared in the early 80s in the movie “Hellraiser” directed by Barker himself and went on to inspire no less than eight sequels and spin-offs in a franchise that included comics series, countless artworks and interactive world-building across a plethora of multimedia platforms.

Pinhead is one of the leaders of the Cenobites, said to be humans who were later transformed into demonic creatures blindly devoted to the practice of experimental sadomasochism. They exist in an extra-dimensional realm that is Hell or one of many versions of Hell that co-exist and are usually only summoned to Earth through puzzle boxes, such as the Lemarchand (or Lament) Configuration

His fashion draws on the violence and sexuality of domination, pleasure and pain, a bespoke couture of leather and steel which is a fabulous challenge for any interactive artist such as myself to reproduce. The gloss of his carapace adorned with complicated metal jewellery is a fabulous detail truly worthy of any Damned Prince and one I am most proud of.

Certainly, a perfect piece of artwok for any collector of Horror arcana.

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When I first began making marionette puppets back in 1996 (22 years young), I was living with a potter and a drum-maker in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia. With access to a whole range of clays, I found myself one day sculpting a hollow head and face. “If I added clay hands and feet,” I thought to myself, “I’d have the basic counter balances for a puppet!” Which prompted two simple questions: a) Of what little marionettes I’d seen, why did so many of them look so cheap and crappy, and b) Why did none of them work!?

My challenge clearly was to make a good looking puppet that would actually perform. As the Internet was yet to become a household fixture and Google not yet a technocrat’s pipedream, I resorted to local libraries whose resources on the subject was terribly lacking. Luckily, the process for making a marionette was a time consuming one with many separate factors; hand sculpting with clay which needed days (sometimes weeks) to dry before firing, sewing and soft-sculpture creation of the ‘skeleton’, costuming and assembling of the basic character, construction of an appropriate crosspiece before stringing and detailing the final finished piece. In all, a process that required a 3-6 weeks work, an opportunity of course which allowed a LOT of extra time for dreaming up new puppet characters to make!

Every marionette I made, I was learning and discovering new ways to make them quicker and more effective and with every idea that ensued, I was having more and more ideas of other puppets I could make. The avalanche of ideas which consumed me in that first year alone could keep me busy crafting for a decade at least; having kept that passion alive for over twenty-five years, I easily have enough ideas to fill multiple lifetimes!

From these humble beginnings, I have since developed a whole range of different interactive effigies which borrow from the traditional methods of Puppetmaking while at the same time improve on ideas of articulation to create marionettes which everyone can use and indeed, with a little practice, manipulate like a professional. Sharing this with others and inspiring a new generation of artists and puppeteers to reignite the tradition is probably the greatest joy in this life I have made and now share with my wife, Sara.


Doll-form/full marionette height approximately 67/113cm or 26/44in


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