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3.3

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look: 22.5%
Average27.5%
Pretty Bad: 7.5%
Total Crap: 17.5%

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II
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by Charles Tatum

"Hellbound to disappoint"
3 stars

In 1987, "Hellraiser" is released and is a smash hit. In 1988, the obligatory let-down sequel is released, and lives up to its adjectives.

Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) awakens after the first film, and finds herself in a mental hospital run by Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham). The deaths from the first film are being investigated by the police (an interesting angle dropped after the first few minutes), but no one believes Kirsty and her Cenobite story. Channard's assistant, Kyle (William Hope), breaks into Channard's home, and oh, the things he sees!

It seems Channard is an occult specialist, and has a collection of those little puzzle boxes that caused all the problems in the first film. He saves the mattress that Julia (Clare Higgins) from the first film died on, and decides to bring her back, just like Kirsty's father's blood brought back Frank (Sean Chapman). You can kind of guess what happens, as Kirsty must deal with her resurrected stepmother while looking for her father in Hell, and Pinhead and the gang get more screen time.

This is one of those films whose ambitions out reach its budget. While most of the cast (with the exception of Andrew Robinson) return, the film makers come down with a bad case of sequelitis and successfully bump up the scares and gore that made the first one so famous but sacrifice the screenplay.

Laurence is in the lead role here, and does another good job as Kirsty (her bland boyfriend is thankfully dropped for this film). Clare Higgins also returns as the evil Julia, but is not given enough screen time. Dr. Channard, while a creepy character, is nothing new. The horror film where the asylum doctor is crazier than the patient? Did the screenwriter, Peter Atkins, think that was original? Atkins also throws in Tiffany (Imogen Boorman), a convenient plot device/girl who happens to be really good at puzzle boxes! The luck!

The special effects are, again, hot and cold. While the set design is impressive, portraying Hell as a giant labyrinth, the film simply screams out for computer generated special effects. The gore is even more violent than the first film, but it isn't used to scare the audience so much as gross them out. One thing I admired about the first film was the lack of a villain who delivers bad one-liners, but we get it here, and it does not work. We see how Pinhead was created, but for every interesting scene like that one, we get the old "heroine runs, falls down, and drops important object" device.

"Hellbound: Hellraiser II" feels rushed, to the detriment of its good points. Even the closing scene, promising more sequels (five to be exact) feels predictable and old hat.

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originally posted: 02/16/10 08:47:26
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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell sorry sequel skip it & read the scarlet gosphels instead 1 stars
2/28/10 Jason Dean Hellbound lacks the seriousness of the original ,but has genuinely disturbing moments. 4 stars
2/18/10 Robert Cunningham I am a Hellraiser fan, so I loved the second one. 5 stars
2/18/10 Heide I love Kenneth Cranham! 5 stars
2/18/10 Danny Goode not bad 3 stars
8/17/08 JM Synth Disappointing. Silly, cliched and almost devoid of the power of the original 2 stars
3/08/08 Donald D I guess I'm the only one who thought this was an insult to the original. 1 stars
11/02/07 Total Crap Nothing scary about this. Eragon was scarier than this. Pinhead's nice? WTF! 1 stars
10/09/06 K.Sear Oh so bad. 1 stars
10/04/06 Sugarfoot Surreal sequel still remains head and shoulder above most other 80's horror flicks. 4 stars
2/11/06 Josh Standlee One of the best sequels ever!!!! 5 stars
10/03/05 Biz-e SHITCLUMP: SHITRAISER II...what a pile of ass. 1 stars
9/30/05 ShabbaRanks Sucked big, hairy donkey twats and asked for seconds!!!!!!!!!!!! Crapola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/29/05 Jakub The messiest, sloppiest, trashiest of all the HELLRAISER films. 2 stars
4/01/05 Richard Box Not as good as the first. Poor acting. On a plus its got a guy from Aliens in it. 3 stars
7/23/04 Lord Durvok 2 About renting the film: "To think... I hesitated." 4 stars
6/25/04 Suz Scrap the funfair nonsense & this could scare the bravest - Go for it JULIA 5 stars
3/18/04 Umbrella Corporation. Clive Barker & John Carpenter, PLZ! come to the officer to receive "Micahel VS. Pinhead"!!! 4 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ This film nearly tramutized me... But it'd be nice if the 1st film was remade!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge This happens to be one of my favs. This movie is not scary to me, it's beautiful. 5 stars
12/31/03 crab uuh.......donuts? 3 stars
11/29/03 john no story- lots of screaming and Pinhead is hardly in the movie! 1 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Not everything makes complete sense, but a still damn fine sequel. 4 stars
8/23/03 Kyle Good? Yeah. Better then the original? Fuck no. 4 stars
8/02/03 Double G Two Words- Awe Some, okay maybe 1 5 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 All that fucking parallel world is pretty strange, it can't hold up to... more Pinhead? 3 stars
3/02/02 Alan Smithee Surprisingly decent sequel that is notable especially for the nasty violence and gore. 4 stars
1/13/02 J. Surpasses the original on every level. Plus, it's darn creepy to boot! 5 stars
12/09/01 Keith A great sequel. Very cool premise and special f/x. 5 stars
10/01/01 Mohammad J. They should've stopped after the first one. 3 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk As far as sequels go...I think this one holds up nicely, so piss off! 4 stars
8/02/01 Elgyn Decent sequel - though it gets silly near the end. 5 stars
4/12/01 Andrew Carden Even better the the original. Extremly scary and well directed. 5 stars
4/16/00 JDC This movie doesn't make any sense. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  23-Dec-1988 (NR)
  DVD: 21-Apr-2009

UK
  16-Jun-1989 (18)

Australia
  20-Jul-1989 (R)




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