A Bloody Good Time 6.19.14: Hellraiser - Where Are They Now? (Part 2)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.19.2014
This isn't for your eyes!
Opening Logo courtesy of Benjamin J. Colón (Soul Exodus)
Last week I presented a "where are they now" edition looking at the first Hellraiser film. Since you guys liked it so much, I'll take on some of the key players from the sequels this week. Since there are eight sequels, obviously some people are going to be left out, but I'll try to get as many important or noteworthy ones as possible. However, some people have been left out on purpose due to their roles in other horror films that I'll get to in future installments. I wish I had thought of this last week, because I plan on doing Nightbreed at some point and there's a lot of crossover. As another example, Lance Henriksen was in Hellworld but he shows up elsewhere so let's wait until we're talking about Aliens or something to bring him up. I'm also focusing more on the classic series since most people don't care or like the straight-to-video sequels. As it is, this is going to be a bigger than normal edition without the names being left out.
Let's start with one we missed from the first movie.
Role: Special makeup effects designer for Hellraiser, special makeup effects consultant for Hellbound: Hellraiser II and special effects for Hellraiser III
Before: Bob Keen's kind of a big deal in the special effects world even though he's not usually brought up in the same conversation as guys like Stan Winston or Rick Baker. If you want to know why, just look at his IMDB page. Before his work with the first three Hellraiser films, he provided makeup and special effects for everything from the Star Wars original trilogy (some of which he went uncredited for) to Krull, Lifeforce, Alien (he helped with the models, uncredited again), The Neverending Story and Highlander.
After: Over his career he's been nominated for six Saturn Awards for make-up, including for his work on Hellraiser. He would later work on other Clive Barker adaptations like Candyman and Nightbreed. He's also worked on Dog Soldiers, Waxwork and Event Horizon.
As you can see, Keen has had a prolific career. I don't want to say anything really bad about his directing career (since I met him in 2012 and he's one of the nicest people I've ever met at a con), so I'll just say he directed some low-budget movies and leave it at that. Best blood, Bob.
Role: Dr. Philip Channard/Channard Cenobite
Before: He's another classically trained actor who has experience on the stage, including several shows at the West End theater in London. He's been acting since the late 60s with bit parts in several TV shows and appearances in TV shows like The Bell and Shine on Harvey Moon. He was also in movies like Chocolat (unrelated to the Johnny Depp movie) and Stealing Heaven.
After: He kept on with his TV acting, appearing in various shows in either starring roles (Rules of Engagement) or supporting roles. He's been in other horror movies too, including Tale of A Vampire and Trauma (not Argento's movie). You may have also seen him in such bigger budget movies like Layer Cake, Hot Fuzz or this year's Maleficent, where he played King Henry. He was also Pompey Magnus on HBO's series Rome. He hasn't been hurting for work since his days as a cenobite.
Role: Female Cenobite
Before: Wilde took over the role from Grace Kirby. She actually trained to be a mime in the 70s and created a rock/mime/burlesque/music troupe called SHOCK, which actually toured with Depeche Mode and supported Adam and the Ants, among other acts. Before Hellbound she played "female punk" in Death Wish 3 and "robotic drummer" in Grizzly II: The Concert (which was never finished). I don't think it's too off the wall to suggest that Hellraiser II was the biggest role of her acting career. She did host several music shows, including "The American Hot 100" and was a presenter for Hold Tight, a game/music show.
After: She hasn't had much acting after Hellbound and it's mostly bit parts or supporting roles at best. She hasn't acted in film since 2000. In the 1990s she hosted the live music show The Gig and the movie history show Sprockets. She was also a casting director for the London production of The Real World. She's currently working as a writer, with several short stories (including some inspired by Hellraiser) and a novel. The novel is a dark crime book called The Venus Complex that was published in 2012. She's probably had the most varied career of all the people on this list, exploring several different mediums of entertainment.
Role: Composer for Hellraiser and Hellraiser II
Before: He's probably one of the biggest composers working today, outside of a John Williams or Danny Elfman. We'll get into his Hollywood films in a bit. He did have some notable movies before he provided the score of Hellraiser, including Trick or Treat, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge and Invaders From Mars.
After: What hasn't he done? He's provided music for everything from horror to superhero movies to Disney movies. That's not an exaggeration. In addition to working on Hellraiser II, he also provided scores for The Fly II, Urban Legend and Sinister. Horror not your thing? You might have heard his score in Spider-Man 3 or Ghost Rider. Want something a little more mainstream? He's even worked with movies like The Country Bears, Runaway Jury and Entrapment. This year you can hear his work in The Single Moms Club and Deliver Us From Evil. Of course if you ask my opinion, none of his scores are as memorable as Hellraiser. But I'm biased.
Role: Joey Summerskill in Hellraiser III
Before: Not a lot in the way of movies but she did have some TV work. She appeared in Paper Dolls as a member of the main cast along with roles in The Cosby Show, Family Ties and the 80s version of The Cosby Show. If you're a fan of TV movies where Mark Harmon plays Ted Bundy, then you'll know her from The Deliberate Stranger. She was also in Back to School.
After: The same year as Hell on Earth she was set to play Cat in the ill-advised American version of Red Dwarf. Yes, they were going to make Cat a woman. I've never actually seen it but I assume there's a reason it never became anything more than an unaired pilot. It wouldn't be too bad for Farrell, however, as she was almost immediately cast in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Jadzia Dax, making two Hellraiser actors to have roles in that show (along with Andrew Robinson). When that was over she moved on to another starring role in Becker, which lasted for four seasons. After that it was mostly TV movies until 2003. She's mostly retired these days although she does do cons and has an asteroid named after her.
Role: Terri in Hellraiser III
Before: Hellraiser III was her first film role. Before that she played several bit parts in TV shows like the pilot for The Flash and a cavewoman in Dinosaurs. Non-horror fans may remember her as Wayne's girlfriend Bonnie in The Wonder Years, who dumps him to go back with her ex.
After: After she turned into the third female cenobite (the smoking edition), she went on to appear in movies like Cheaper By The Dozen and I Know Who Killed Me. It's never really been about a film career for her though, as she works primarily in TV and still does to this day. She had a recurring role in Spin City, Nip/Tuck and Californication, along with starring roles in Hidden Hills and Gary Unmarried.
Role: Phillip L'Merchant/John Merchant/Dr. Paul Merchant in Hellraiser: Bloodline
Before: Another Hellraiser movie, another former stage actor. Ramsay is Canadian, not British, and was in a few stage shows like Orphans before going itno film. He played the fondly remembered role of "Teenager" in Pin before moving onto more substantial roles like Killing Zoe and The New Age (which featured Paula Marshall).
After: After playing three roles in one movie, he went on to mostly do more of the same. I would suggest that's because Hellraiser: Bloodline is considered a critical failure due to the mess during production more than anything Ramsay did or didn't do. He's never really had many starring roles, just more small roles and supporting characters for the rest of his career. He has, however, appeared in movies like Collateral Damage and Behind the Candelabra, along with several TV shows, including genre favorites like Supernatural and The Hunger. His most recent role was as the Mayor in Paul Walker's last completed film, Brick Mansions.
Role: Angelique in Hellraiser: Bloodline
Before: Even though she plays a French woman in Bloodline (turned Cenobite), she was actually born in Chile. She did, however, start her career in Paris and can speak Spanish, French and English. She's had two French TV roles before Bloodline and appeared in the movies The Name of the Rose and Street of No Return.
After: She hasn't done much after she played Angelique. She appeared in the horror/thrillers Bloody Mallory and Faces in the Crowd along with more French TV roles. Her most recent film was 2012's Night Across the Street, a French movie featuring a bunch of French people. Sorry France, I only watch your movies if someone's being skinned.
Role: Dr. Paul Gregory/The Engineer in Hellraiser: Inferno
Before: There were other people in Inferno, but I'll more than likely get to them later (especially the star) so we'll just look at Mr. Remar for now. He's a well-known character actor that you've probably seen pop up in many, many different movies and TV shows. It's best to try and limit it to the genre/most noteworthy stuff. He was in The Warriors, 48 Hrs, Tales from the Darkside: the Movie and he was everyone's least favorite Rayden in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. He also had a fun role in an episode of Tales From The Crypt.
After: Well, most people know him as Harry Morgan in Dexter. But since he's a character actor, he gets a lot of work and sometimes doesn't have to do much in the role. For example, he was in X-Men: First Class, but I don't think anyone remembers him in it. I know I don't. He's just there to be a military man. He's also been in The X-Files, the 2000s version of The Twilight Zone, Third Watch, Blade: Trinity and Django Unchained.
He also does voice work. Comic book fans may remember him as the voice of Hawkman in Justice League. He was also the voice of Vilgax in Ben 10: Alien Force and Tonraq in The Legend of Korra. His most recent role was in the From Dusk Till Dawn Tv series and he has five roles coming this year or next.
Role: Director of Hellraiser: Inferno
Before: As far as directing goes, he only did a short film called Love in the Ruins. However, he did do script work on Urban Legends: Final Cut and Dracula 2000. Not a good start if you ask me, but Inferno more than showed what he was capable of.
After: He's kind of a big deal in horror right now. He not only provided the criminally underrated Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, but Sinister in 2012. He also directed Deliver Us From Evil, which arrives next month. In possibly the biggest movie he's done to date, he will be the man behind Marvel's Doctor Strange whenever that gets off the ground. If Marvel gives him full control, that movie could get really dark, really quick. He also directed the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, but let's not hold that against him.
Role: Trevor in Hellraiser: Hellseeker
Before: You probably know him as Ryan O'Reilly in the HBO series Oz. That's probably his biggest role and the one he's most known for, especially over a straight-to-video Hellraiser sequel that not that many people saw. Let's be honest, Hellraiser fans were watching that movie for the return of Kirsty. Anyway, he's also been on Homicide: Life on the Street, Millennium and Third Watch.
After: After Hellseeker, he had a role in the movie P.S. I Love you (among other movies) before getting a supporting role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Life on Mars. Both shows were canceled early. He did, however, get to act in some more successful television like Rescue Me (as Johnny Gavin) and 30 Rock (as Dennis Duffy). He's currently playing Detective Brian Cassidy on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He will also play another Detective, Russ Agnew, in Vince Gilligan's next series Battle Creek. Once again, another actor in this series who is doing quite well.
Role: Mike in Hellraiser: Hellworld
Before: No one really cares about Hellworld (although I didn't think it was too bad, just not a good Hellraiser movie), but hey, it did feature a future A-list actor so maybe we should mention it. Before his role in Hellworld he was in a few movies and had a few bit parts in TV shows. The most prominent movie was The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002.
After: He's Superman! Yes, for those who are living under a rock and needed to be reminded, Mr. Cavill is currently the Man of Steel and is set to star in DC's film universe version of the Justice League. However he's also been in The Tudors, Tristan & Isolde and Immortals. You can also catch him next year in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But still, Superman! I think that trumps most of the people on this list in terms of post-Hellraiser careers.
That's it for this edition of "Where Are They Now"? Now check out the poll and decide what I'll be doing next month. It's back to normal programming next week.
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