Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 8 / 10
  • Simina = 8.5 / 10

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)Synopsis:

Brought to a psychiatric hospital after the events of the first movie, Kirsty has to face the demons again when the hospital director, an occult fanatic, brings back Julia from hell.

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)Review:

For this first sequel of the Hellraiser movie, Clive Barker is not behind the camera anymore (Tony Randel replaced him) but Barker still wrote the story for it. This gives a fantastic combination for what is, for me, the best movie in the Hellraiser series, and one of my Top 5 horror flick ever made.

One reason for it is that I am a sucker for great monsters and this movies is more centered around the Cenobites than the first Hellraiser. These monsters, demons guardians of hell, are some of the most beautiful and disturbing monsters ever to be seen. The movie is even more sadistic than the first one. The character of Julia, sensual and very disturbing, incarnates really well what pure evil should be, and largely compensate for the usual lameness of Hellraiser’s “good characters”. The plot is very good too, and shed light on some parts of the first Hellraiser, and the visit of hell is a masterpiece – filled with so many unforgettable nightmarish scenes.

To me, the strong points of this movie largely overwhlem its flaw (poor realisation, lame good characters), and Hellbound deserves its 10/10. My only regret is that Randel did not have access to better special effects, which would have had some credibility to the movie

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988) Cast:

Clare HigginsClare HigginsJulia Cotton
Ashley LaurenceAshley LaurenceKirsty Cotton
Kenneth CranhamKenneth CranhamDr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
Imogen BoormanImogen BoormanTiffany
Sean ChapmanSean ChapmanUncle Frank Cotton
William HopeWilliam HopeKyle MacRae
Doug BradleyDoug BradleyPinhead / Captain Elliot Spencer
Barbie WildeBarbie WildeFemale Cenobite
Simon BamfordSimon BamfordButterball Cenobite
Nicholas VinceNicholas VinceChatterer Cenobite / Chatter II Cenobite
Oliver SmithOliver SmithMr. Browning / Skinless Frank
Angus MacInnesAngus MacInnesHomicide Detective Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
Deborah JoelDeborah JoelSkinless Julia
James TillittJames TillittOfficer Cortez
Bradley LavelleBradley LavelleOfficer Kucich