The initial 1-sheet artwork featured a side shot of Pinhead's screaming face. The MPAA said the artwork was too intense and asked that Pinhead be removed from the poster campaign. Miramax instead decided to use a composite photo of Pinhead from the original Hellraiser 1-sheet and successfully argued that it was suitable as it had already been used in the past. The MPAA relented and allowed this new poster art to be used.
Universal Pictures were in negotiation with the producers to pick the film up and give the picture a Halloween 1992 release, but a deal could not be made. Ultimately the newly-formed Dimension Films successfully picked up the film.
Former New World exec Larry Kuppin picked up the rights to the franchise and quickly formed Trans Atlantic Enetertainment with the purpose of producing sequels to several New World Pictures films. The initial line-up included Hellraiser III, Children of the Corn II, Wanted: Dead or Alive 2, Angel 4 and Crimes of Passion 2. Only sequels to Hellraiser, Corn and Angel eventuated.
After Joey sees the false news broadcast about the events at the Boiler Room club, she calls Doc and tells him to turn to channel 12. While Doc is switching channels, we see the previously mentioned cameo by director Anthony Hickox, as well as a quick scene from Hickox's "Waxwork II: Lost in Time"
The scene in the construction yard takes place on the campus of Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The building under construction would later become the Worrell Professional Center.
When Terri is in Joanne's apartment, she is reading a history book (around the 35 min mark). The book is named "Battles of the 20th Century". The book actually does exist. It was authored by Chris Bishop and it was released Oct 1989. One can still obtain said book through various sources.
Tony Randel who directed Hellbound Hellraiser II (1988) cowrote the story with Peter Atkins who completed the first draft of the screenplay in 1991. Many major elements remain unchanged from the shooting script, but the Barbie and CD cenobites do not exist. The end of the screenplay has Pinhead and Elliot merge into one being, but following this Joey makes a deal with him to be his willing bride in return for a successful life. Subsequent rewrites introduced the CD and Barbie Cenobites, Pinheads deception as Joey's father, and a happier ending. The setting was made unambiguously American, ending the first two films tradition of mixing British and American elements.
Tony Randel was attached to direct, but the producers removed him after they became worried that his vision for the film was to bleak. Anthony Hickox replaced him after a mutual friend whom Hickcox had cast in Waxwork II: Lost In Time (1992) suggested him,Clive Barker who disliked Hicox's prior work believed him a poor fit for the Hellraiser series,as Hickcox was known for horror comedy films.when Hickcox met with him,Barker stressed that he expected Hickcox to take the material seriously. Hickcox a fan of the series agreed and used the first two films as a guide for the proper tone.
Trans-Atlantic gave Hickcox six weeks to shoot the film, Hickox had previously established a very fast shooting schedule that used long hours, which meant the cast had to adjust to his unorthodox style and the studios demands. Doug Bradley said that he worked for 17 hours straight one day, and the large number of scene shot daily meant they had little time to perfect them. Hickcox's preference for in-camera editing sped up production but limited the actors view of the complete film, as it limited the editing phase.unlike the previous Hellraiser films, the stages used were all very close to each other and shared a single sound stage, which made shooting simultaneously with multiple crews difficult.
Doug Bradley said he enjoyed the production and working with Hickox, he experienced discomfort in some of his scenes. Early on, Bradley had to act from within the uncomfortable Pillar of Souls prop, were Pinhead is trapped. This limited Bradley's acting to just his face and voice. Bradley also said that the makeup from Hellraiser III was his least favorite. They changed Pinheads makeup to make it faster to apply and remove, but this had the side effect of making it more uncomfortable to wear. however, Bradley was able to find an optician that allowed him to wear a prescription version of Pinheads black lenses, allowing him to stay in character for much longer periods.
The cast and crew reportedly got along well, and during an onset visit by Fangoria magazine, the only complaint reported was that Paula Marshall found her outfit too light to shoot during a cold winter night. The scene where Elliott and Pinhead confront each other was difficult to shoot, necessitating a stand-in for pinhead. Bradley remarked that he felt "jealously protective" over the character when he saw his stand-in as this was the first time anyone else had ever appeared in character as Pinhead on a Hellraiser set.
The biggest issue was the Black Mass scene, which caused controversy in socially conservative North Carolina, Hickcox had been refused permission to shoot in a real church, so he used a matte painting as a background to the altar. When the crew complained of sacrilege, Hickcox told them it was no different than the countless Hammer horror films in which Christopher Lee as Dracula rampaged in churches.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
Although the character of Sandy was played onscreen by actress Aimée Leigh, the skinless incarnation of the character was played by a heavily made-up Paula Marshall with Leigh providing the voice-over screams.