Gary J. Tunnicliffe

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Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Gary John Tunnicliffe

(1968-02-27) February 27, 1968 (age 50)
Burntwood, England, United Kingdom
OccupationSpecial make-up effects
Spouse(s)Georgiana Pana Tunnicliffe

Gary J. Tunnicliffe (born February 27, 1968)[1] is a British special make-up effects designer, writer, and director. He has performed make-up effects in all the Hellraiser films since Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, wrote Hellraiser: Revelations, and wrote and directed Hellraiser: Judgment. His other make-up credits include Candyman, Wishmaster, the Dracula 2000 series, the Pulse series, and Feast.


Tunnicliffe started out performing special make-up effects. After collaborating with Bob Keen on make-up effects for writer-director Anthony Hickox's Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992), he joined them again for Hickox's next project, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992).[2] Special effects technician Kevin Yagher, when selected to direct Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), contacted Tunnicliffe to perform the special effects on that film. Tunnicliffe was surprised Yagher was not performing the effects work himself, but Yagher believed Tunnicliffe's experience with the prior film would be valuable.[3] Tunnicliffe returned for Scott Derrickson's Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)[4] and Rick Bota's Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002).[5] He again collaborated with Bota in the next two sequels, both released in 2005. In Hellraiser: Deader, he also directed the second unit and had a cameo appearance.[6] In Hellraiser: Hellworld, Tunnicliffe performed special effects, make-up effects, and collected the Hellraiser memorabilia used in the film. Tunnicliffe appeared in the film as a Cenobite and, briefly, without make-up near the end.[7] In Hellraiser: Revelations (2011), he wrote the script for director Víctor García. He wrote and directed the tenth Hellraiser sequel, Judgment.[8]

In addition to his work on the Hellraiser films, Tunnicliffe has worked with Clive Barker on Candyman (1992)[8] and Lord of Illusions (1995).[9] Tunnicliffe has also worked with Patrick Lussier on several films, including the Dracula 2000 series,[8] My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009),[8] and Drive Angry (2011).[10] Other franchises include Pulse (2006) and its sequels, Mimic 2 (2001) and Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003), and Scream 4 (2011).[11] Besides Hellraiser: Judgment, Tunnicliffe's feature directing work includes the fairy tale films Hansel and Gretel (2002) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2009).[12][13] He also directed the short films No More Souls[14] and The Chicken Run,[8] which are set in the Hellraiser and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universes, respectively.





  1. ^ "Gary J Tunnicliffe". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  2. ^ Kane 2013, p. 106.
  3. ^ Kane 2013, p. 138–139.
  4. ^ Kane 2013, p. 164.
  5. ^ Kane 2013, p. 178.
  6. ^ Kane 2013, p. 197.
  7. ^ Kane 2013, p. 207.
  8. ^ a b c d e Hanley, Ken W. (2016-02-18). "Exclusive Comments, BTS Image: Director Gary Tunnicliffe talks Hellraiser Sequel!". Fangoria. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  9. ^ Arrigo, Anthony (2014-11-26). "Lord of Illusions (Blu-ray)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  10. ^ Eggertsen, Chris (2010-07-19). "Set Report: Drive Angry Part 1: Get Ready for a Violent, Bumpy Ride!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  11. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (2016-03-02). "New Pinhead and more casting announced for 'Hellraiser: Judgment,' filming in Oklahoma". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  12. ^ Koehler, Robert (2002-10-20). "Review: 'Hansel & Gretel'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  13. ^ Freer, Sloan. "Jack and the Beanstalk". Radio Times. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  14. ^ Kane 2013, p. 217.

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