Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)

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  • Release Date:  1988
  • Genre:  Devil & Demon & Hell
  • Director:  Tony Randel
  • Screenwriter:  Clive Barker, Peter Atkins
  • Cast & Crew: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, Sean Chapman, William Hope, Doug Bradley, Barbie Wilde, Simon Bamford, Nicholas Vince, and Bradley Lavelle.

Hellraiser II Hellbound (1988)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 8 / 10;
  • Simina = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.5/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.8/10.

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 horrors flicks ever made.

One reason for it is that I am a sucker for great monsters and these 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 overwhelm its flaw (poor realization, 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

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