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These Handcrafted 'Hellraiser' Puzzle Boxes Are Dangerously Gorgeous

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“What is your pleasure, sir?” 
 
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Hellraiser fans know that's one seriously dangerous question... and the answer is too horrifying for mere mortals to comprehend. But we do know it all begins with The Lament Configuration, an intricate mechanical puzzle which, according to Clive Barker's Hellraiser legend and the canon which sprang from it, was designed by a psychopathic genius named Phillip Lemarchand. When unlocked in a specific way, it opens the gateway to the domain of the Cenobites... and we really don't have to tell you what happens next, do we?
 
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Doug Bradley ("Pinhead") with Replica by The Puzzle Box Maker
 
Needless to say, fans have designed countless models of the Lament Configuration in all shapes and sizes, but some of the most beautiful and meticulously hand-crafted examples available for sale can be found at The Puzzle Box Maker, a boutique web shop which turns out highly detailed replicas based on the original designs by Simon Sayce for the first two Hellraiser films. A limited number of the boxes are available with Sayce's signature on one side, as shown below:
 
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Crafted from mahogany and etched brass, the handmade boxes are 3 cubic inches (like the originals), sealed with several coats of lacquer to preserve the finish and plating. [Note that these replicas are non-functional... watch the video below and you'll understand why.]
 
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Glass Display Dome from The Puzzle Box Maker (photo of Bradley as Capt. Spencer not included)
 
Visit ThePuzzleBoxMaker.com for many more photos, as well as a cool fictional history of the box (with a seriously creepy portrait of Lemarchand), various display options, movie images, Hellraiser stars autographing the replicas, and videos like this one, which shows the actual mechanical workings of the movie version, demonstrated by effects coordinator Gary J. Tunnicliffe:
 
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