As bizarre and sinister as the cenobites are, in many ways they aren’t the villains of the Hellraiser franchise. The cenobites pursue only their own ends, coming only when called upon, and even making deals with potential victims when it is in the best interest of both parties.
Instead, throughout the series it has almost always been the human pursuit of the “pleasures” provided by the box – and going all the way back to the character of Frank Cotton in the original film – that unleashes the cenobites and unleashes the malevolent events of the story.
The new film’s Roland Voight falls squarely into this category, as actor Goran Visnjic broke down his character’s motivations. “Ultimately, this is a human story of ingratitude,” he explained, “of someone who is never happy, never satisfied, no matter how much he achieves, no matter how much he has, no matter how much he owns, no matter how much he has experienced. .. He wants to experience more but instead of turning inwards he actually goes outwards and suddenly he can’t go on anymore and gets frustrated until he finds the box.”
Visnjic added that Voight doesn’t even know what the box offers and when he finally finds out, it’s too late for him to escape his fate. “It’s a typical story of going head-on [when] You don’t know what this is about?” he said. “Then we’ll see what happens to him… Out of that awful situation, he tries to do the same thing again. But this time he thinks he’ll be smarter; he will be able to outwit these cenobites.”
And does he? “It’s quite an interesting ending,” was all Visnjic would say.
Hellraiser is now streaming on Hulu.