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Hell

The hell controlled by Leviathan is often called Hell directly but other times is alluded to that it is more complicated than that.  Leviathan’s Hell is specifically for those whose sins are related to desire.  For example, this would put all the sexual predators in this specific hell. 

Based off information from Hellraiser Dark Watch series there are other hells or parts of hell.  Whether this is levels, circles or different locations entirely the point is made clear.  In Dark Watch we are introduced to Hell for those whose sin is related to fury or anger.

From this we can extrapolate or make a reasonable guess that the author had eventual plans to create different hells based off the seven deadly sins:


  1. Pride
  2. Greed
  3. Lust (Desire in Hellraiser)
  4. Envy
  5. Gluttony
  6. Wrath (Fury in Hellraiser)
  7. Sloth

 

Here’s what we can learn about Hell through not only Hellraiser’s material but also through the biblical teachings and holy tradition based down from the fathers of the church.

Leviathan's Hell / Hell of Desire

Leviathan's Hell has several parts including a labyrinth (as seen in the movies), a monastery (where the Cenobites live) and a pit (which is where the damned suffer).

Cenobitic Monastary

The Cenobites live in a monastery in Hell.  The monastery is pictured not only in the comics but also talked about in The Scarlet Gospels. 

Fury's Hell

The only other part of hell that is explored in the comic is Fury's Hell, the portion ruled by Abaddon (also known as Apollyon or The Destroyer), who resides in a bottomless pit.  In the Bible's book of Revelation he commands an army of "locusts"

“And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.”
-Revelation 9:7

Exploring Hell

There's no greater resource for exploring hell than "Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching About Hell".  The book uses passages from the bible and expands on them with traditional teachings of the church that have remained unchanged for almost two thousand years. 

You won't find a more reliable and comprehensive book on the subject. 

Hell's Servants: The Cenobites

"Angels to some Demons to Others"

In what world do Cenobites appear as angels to people?  I never understood this statement when watching the movies.  I basically assumed it was some sort of very disturbed and bizarre fetish at the extreme end of S&M (sadomasochism).  In some cases, the comics seem to confirm this. 


The name angel means messenger so perhaps they are simply referring to themselves in this manner as a messenger even if they are a messenger for the devil.

However, a better example of how they are “angels” to some appeared in a comic where a young girl opened the box.  The Cenobites and their quest for taking a soul of someone who had hellish desires took her tormentor.  Instead of taking the innocent girl, they took her abuser, thus saving her.  For the child they are “angels” but to her abuser “demons”.

Akashic Records

Akashic Records tell the story of the human side of the Cenobites.  Whether their memories are overtly wiped or their new experiences just become more important than their old ones it is not clear.  Perhaps, just as adults don't remember details of their childhood, the Cenobites can no longer remember large parts of their human past.  Regardless, Hell keeps a record of who these people were in a most peculiar manner as a short of building that tells their tales.

The Hell Priest aka Pinhead

“Pinhead” aka The Hell Priest is not the ruler over all of hell.  He is not even the ruler over the portion of hell we see in the films, that is Leviathan.  The Scarlet Gospels confirms when they talk of Lucifer, the fallen angel.  Much of the story of that book involves venturing to Lucifer/Satan’s cathedral in an attempted coup by the hell priest. 


The nails (not pins) in his head are actually a sort of crown or visual representation of position of authority.  Throughout the expanded universe we see other people portray pinhead besides World War I soldier Elliot Spencer.  Other notable Pinhead's include Kirsty Cotton and Harry D'Amour.

Female

The female Cenobite plays a key role in the comics and is one of the more interesting Cenobites.  In both The Scarlet Gospels and the comics she is ultimately betrayed by Pinhead.  In the latter she plays a key role in how the events unfold. 

Chatterer

Chatterer was always my favorite Cenobite growing up.  He has a unique look and his chattering teeth are a nice creepy touch.  He gets a back story in one of the comics "Hellraiser Anthology Vol. 2: Prayers of Desire".

Butterball

Butterball is one of the earliest Cenobites we are introduced to in the Order of the Gash.  His sin lies heavenly in gluttony as show by his corpulent body. 

Guardians of Hell or Eremites

Guardians of Hell are humans or dragon like demons hiding in human form that help ensure the mechanisms are passed to humans with a desire to unlock sinful pleasures.  In the comics, a human Guardian of Hell actually joins the Harrowers and works in defeating the forces of evil.

The Engineer

The engineer in the movie is a weird creature that chases Kirsty.  However, in the books and comics they play a more thoughtful role.  I assume they have the name do to either them engineering forms of punishment or helping engineer the creation of new Cenobites.  The book has a much more interesting description, which essentially describes the Engineer as a blinding light. 

Face

There are few historical people that are included into the Order of the Gash.  One is Jack The Ripper in the form of Saucy Jack.  The other is Lon Chaney, who physically wears the faces of others to create masterful performances. 

Atkins

Another Cenobite from the comics I find very interesting is the Vietnam veteran, Atkins.  He has experienced the ugly side of war. The bullets for his gun seem to be stored inside of his body allowing it to be used as a backpack of ammunition.  He's also the only Cenobite I can recall that actually uses a gun.

Ghenna

Ghenna is also an unusual Cenobite since he is just a skeleton with a loin cloth that is stuck to a piece of wood via barbed wire. 

His name is sometimes used a synonym for Hell. This is a early Biblical reference in the comics present before we started seeing more overt themes like in the Scarlet Gospels and Hellraiser: Judgement.

From Wikipedia:  Gehenna or Gehinnom (literally translated as "Valley of Hinnom") is thought to be a small valley in Jerusalem. In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was initially where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children by fire. Thereafter, it was deemed to be cursed (Book of Jeremiah 7:31, 19:2–6).

Other Cenobites

The Cenobites can be seen in almost every move and in various parts of every comic and book.  There are more than actually have names or backstories. 
 
 
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