Tuesday, May 30, 2006

VILLAIN OF THE DAY: THE CENOBITES

Today's "Villain of the Day" are THE CENOBITES
(from Clive Barker's Hellraiser Series)

The Cenobites.
Demons to some.
Angels to others.
Surgeons from Beyond.
Loyal Enforcers to Leviathan, Lord of Hell.
Fans of FishHooks on Chains.

The Cenobites are presented as distorted humanoid beings, "explorers of the further regions of experience", from a parallel existence where death either can be suspended indefinitely or simply does not occur. Their existence is an eternal exploration of all that the body and mind can experience. Their world is a realm of endless sensuous experience, though this takes the form of endless experiments in pleasure and pain without the possibility of death as a release. The Cenobites ministrations may seem like torture to those on the outside but they exist in a world beyond such opposing notions of pleasure and pain, where all sensation is indivisible.

The Cenobites are charged with retrieving anyone who solves the Lament Configuration, aka The Lemarchand Box, a 3"x3"x3" puzzle box, which if solved opens a gateway between our world and Hell; something highly sought after by the greatest of hedonists for its promise of unparalleled pleasures. Once retrieved, the Cenobite(s) are then directly responsible for the pleasure/pain torture of said individual. Originally believed to have always been Cenobites since the creation of Hell, it has been revealed that each of the four original Cenobites (top pic) had once been human, who had themselves
unlocked the Lament Configuration.

The most notorious Cenobite is the High Dark Priest, Pinhead. Like all Cenobites, Pinhead has horrific mutilations and/or body piercings. His mutilations consists of pins that have been hammered through his flesh into his skull in a grid pattern and six open wounds on his lower torso with the flesh peeled back. Many other Cenobites' mutilation are much, much worse.

"It is not hands that summon us. It is desire........We have such sights to show you! ......But please, feel free, explore. We have eternity to know your flesh.......Your suffering will be legendary, even in Hell!.......We will tear your soul apart!!!"
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*Apologies for Friday's lame Villain.

1 comment:

m said...

Now I know how to describe the feeling I get every time Bush holds a 'press' conference -- "fasten your seatbelts - it's cenobite time !"