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By Nikita Gambhir

Diablo 4 Easter Egg Pays Homage to Classic Horror Movie



Diablo 4 offers a plethora of side quests that not only assist players in leveling up their characters, but also help them explore the game’s world. However, one side quest in particular, Unyielding Flesh, has caught the attention of horror fans for its clever storytelling. The quest is a delightful Easter egg for fans of the popular film franchise, Hellraiser (1987), and reenacts several well-known elements from the movie. Cosmic horror has always been a staple of the Diablo series, and Diablo 4 maintains this throughline with its focus on the rise of Lilith. The demons that inhabit the game’s eerie dungeons, the cultists that greet players in the unforgettable prologue, and the player character’s own connection to Lilith herself, all contribute to the game’s commitment to a cosmic horror gaming experience.

Unyielding Flesh, a side quest found in the Fractured Peaks, cements that legacy by referencing Hellraiser. The quest begins with players encountering a woman named Krystyna in the town of Yelesna. She asks the player character to find her husband, Feodor, who she believes has abandoned her for another woman. The quest takes players to a nearby location in the wilderness called the Gnarled Timbers, where they discover that Feodor has been skinned and strung up in chains by his arms and legs. A demon, Yulia the Hellbound, has taken possession of Feodor and the player must defeat her to complete the quest.

Fans of Hellraiser will recognize Feodor’s dying words as a reference to several iconic moments from the movie. Feodor’s references to “such sights” and “such pleasure…such pain” echo the account of Kirsty’s unsavory uncle, Frank, who escapes hell and returns to life by murdering people with the help of Kirsty’s stepmother, Julia. The chains used to bind Feodor also resemble the ones used to tear Frank apart at the film’s gory conclusion. The writers of Diablo 4 included the nod to Hellraiser to emphasize Lilith’s obsession with feeding the desires of mortal victims, similar to the Cenobites.

Ultimately, the Easter egg serves to remind players that Diablo 4 is a cosmic horror game, with Lilith being just as terrifying as Pinhead and other movie monsters. This nod to Hellraiser adds a cinematic quality to the game that sets it apart from other similar RPGs and showcases Diablo 4’s commitment to its demonic theme.

Diablo 4 boasts an impressive number of optional side quests that help players level their characters and explore the game world, but one in particular stands out to horror fans as a particularly clever piece of storytelling. The short quest Unyielding Flesh reenacts several well-known elements of one of the most beloved horror movies of all time, making it a delightful Easter egg for fans of the popular film franchise.



Cosmic horror has long been a staple of the Diablo series, and Diablo 4 maintains that throughline with its focus on the rise of Lilith. The demons that populate the game’s numerous eerie dungeons, the vicious cultists that greet players in the game’s unforgettable prologue, and the player character’s own unwilling connection to Lilith herself carry on the series’ commitment to a cosmic horror gaming experience. Unyielding Flesh, a side quest found in the Fractured Peaks, cements that legacy by referencing a film that many cinephiles consider the quintessence of cosmic horror: Hellraiser (1987).

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The Side Quest: Unyielding Flesh

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The quest begins innocently enough. Standing alone in the town of Yelesna, players will find a woman named Krystyna. She will ask the player character to find her husband, Feodor, whom she believes has abandoned her for “another woman.” Should the player accept her quest, she will accompany them to a nearby location in the wilderness called the Gnarled Timbers. Here, they will discover a grotesque sight: Feodor has been skinned and strung up in chains by his arms and legs.

As it turns out, a demon—Yulia the Hellbound—has taken possession of Feodor. The player will need to dispatch her in order to finish the quest. If they stick around long enough however, before killing Yulia, players will get to experience an Easter egg: Feodor will mutter, “Such sights… I have witnessed… Such pleasure… such pain… I must have more….” The player will then need to kill Yulia and claim a special dagger from Feodor’s chest.

The Hellraiser Connection

Pinhead in the 1987 Hellrasier movie

Fans of the classic film Hellraiser might recognize Feodor’s dying words as a reference to several of its most iconic moments. Hellraiser follows the story of Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), a young woman whose unsavory uncle Frank (Oliver Smith) escapes hell and returns to life by murdering people with the help of Kirsty’s stepmother Julia (Clare Higgins). Although reconstituted, Frank is still on the run from a group of demon-like entities known as Cenobites. These creatures function as secondary antagonists—at least in the first Hellraiser film—but they have become the face of the franchise. Their leader, Pinhead, stands alongside Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers as one of the great movie monsters of cinema.

In the last scene of the movie, Pinhead delivers perhaps the film’s most famous line as he closes in on Kirsty: “We have such sights to show you.” This obviously bears a similarity to Feodor’s reference to “such sights… [he has] seen.” Just as Pinhead and the Cenobites bring human victims to their hellish realm to torture them for eternity, it seems that Yulia has done the same to Feodor.

Uncle Frank, though, gets the lion’s share of this homage. The chains that bind Feodor look an awful lot like the ones used to tear Frank apart at the film’s gory conclusion. Moreover, Feodor’s remarks about “pleasure” and “pain” echo Frank’s account of his time with the Cenobites: “The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits—pain and pleasure, indivisible.” Feodor seems altogether in a position rather like Frank’s; both men’s names even start with the letter “f.”

Why Hellraiser?

Pinhead in the 1987 Hellraiser

So, why did the Diablo 4 writers include a nod to Hellraiserof all films? The answer, as with many mysteries in Diablo 4lies with Lilith. Like her, the Cenobites harbor an obsession with feeding the desires of mortal victims. The demon-adjacent beings only come when summoned by someone who willingly solves the puzzle cube known as the Lament Configuration, and they take Frank not because he deserves punishment, but because he wants it.

That concept should ring a bell for Diablo 4 players; Lilith operates in much the same fashion. Over the course of the game, players see her coerce humans to give in to their base desires, even to their own detriment. The player character themselves must contend with Lilith’s seduction at several points in the story. She has a lot in common with the Cenobites, only instead of chains and eerie blue lights, she marks her arrival with a flurry of blood petals.

Ultimately, this Easter egg serves to remind players that Lilith is just as terrifying a monster as Pinhead and that Diablo 4 is in many ways a cosmic horror game. Amidst the hacking and slashing, it can be easy to forget about the Diablo games’ demonic theme. Including a reference to Hellraiserhowever, suggests that Diablo 4 takes pride in its cosmic horror roots. Moments like these lend the game a cinematic quality that help it to stand out among other similar RPGs.

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