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Hellbound: Hellraiser II

UK 1988
produced by
Christopher Figg, Clive Barker (executive), Christopher Webster (executive) for Film Futures, Cinemarque Entertainment, New World
directed by Tony Randel
starring Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, Sean Chapman, William Hope, Doug Bradley, Barbie Wilde, Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince, Oliver Smith, Angus MacInnes, Deborah Joel, James Tillitt, Bradley Lavelle, Edwin Craig, Ron Travis, Oliver Parker, Catherine Chevalier
screenplay by Peter Watkins, based on a story by Clive Barker, music by Christopher Young, special makeup effects by Image Animation, special effects by Effects Associates

Hellraiser, Pinhead

review by
Mike Haberfelner


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After experiencing the horrors of Hellraiser, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) is placed in Doctor Channard's (Kenneth Cranham) sanitarium ... which is not good since the good Doctor is obsessed with the idea to go to hell and to this end owns a wide variety of puzzle boxes (pretty much the key to hell), trains autistic Tiffany (Imogen Boorman) to solve them, and has seen to it that he gets his hands on the mattress Kirsty's stepmom Julia (Clare Higgins) has died on just to bring her back to life - and before you know it, the door to hell is open, Kirsty and Tiffany are sucked into hell and are left to run from the Cenobites led by Pinhead (Doug Bradley), while Channard has himself turned into a Cenobite and wants to overthrow Pinhead.

Eventually, the Cenobites manage to corner Kirsty and Tiffany but refrain from killing them when Kirsty proves to them that they once too were human - which weakens them long enough for Cenobite Channard to defeat them. But with Pinhead and associates gone, Kirsty and Tiffany are left to the mercy of Channard - who was a psychopath even when he was alive ...

 

On the plus side, this film is suitably gory and atmospheric to live up to and at times even exceed the first Hellraiser: Its predilection for the macabre matches its predecessor, it features some impressive sets that the earlier film could only dream of, and the many morbidly grotesque details are just wonderful to look at. But that said, Hellbound isn't quite the masterpiece Hellraiser was, it's too clearly a sequel trying to one-up its predecessor rahter than going a way of its own, the script is very convoluted (especially for viewers who haven't seen the first movie) and lacks the multiple layers of the first film, several of its best ideas (like everyone has his own hell) are not really explored, and subplots (like Kirsty wanting to bring her father back from hell) are dropped at short notice, the screenplay is at times way too confused and confusing.

It's still a worthy sequel that ought to be watched for its many grotesqueries and unpleasantries alone, it's just not really perfection.

 

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