FACES BEHIND THE HORROR VILLAINS

Paul T. Taylor (Hellraiser: Judgement)

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He had zero lines, but Paul T. Taylor was still thrilled to make his big screen debut in Robert Rodriguez’s neo-noir classic Sin City in 2005. More bit parts followed, but Taylor was forced to put his career — and life — on hold after he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. The disease became hard to deal with and Taylor succumbed to depression.

“I had stopped enjoying the business,” he told Bloody Disgusting. “I had started just being a hermit, staying home. Just eating pizza while watching movies, and that was my life.” Suicidal thoughts began to cross his mind, but before he had the chance to do anything drastic, a new drug for the treatment of Hepatitis C helped Taylor recover. He started auditioning again, and one day he received a script simply titled Judgement. Being a Hellraiser fan, Taylor saw through the ruse.

“They were keeping it a secret then that it was a Hellraiser movie,” the actor said. “They were just calling it Judgement. The first line I read, I said, ‘This is a Hellraiser movie.’ I knew it, because I’m already well versed in the language of Hellraiser. I’m a huge fan.” Taylor was offered the role of Pinhead after the legendary Doug Bradley refused to reprise the role.

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