It is a sad day for the Hellraiser franchise as we have learned that special effects artist, Simon Sayce, has passed away due to battling cancer.
Best known for his creating the Lament Configuration puzzle box, the iconic horror prop featured in the Hellraiser films, Sayce also utilized his creative talents on the sets of I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), The Lair of the White Worm (1988) and The Unholy (1988). His work can also be found in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed (1990) as he crafted the mask worn by David Cronenberg.
Having endured his fight against cancer for some time, Sayce now rests while his legacy lives on through these films. With the latest in the Hellraiser franchise, Hellraiser: Judgment, set to be released later this year, we are sure to see the intricately designed puzzle box in remembrance of its creator. Our thoughts go out to Sayce’s friends and family at this time. May the real-life Hellraiser toymaker Rest in Peace.