Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 7/10

Direct sequel to Hellraiser

Confusing if you don't know/remember the first Hellraiser

Movie Info

Movie Name: Hellbound:  Hellraiser II

Studio: New World Pictures

Genre(s): Horror/B-Movie

Release Date(s): December 23, 1988

MPAA Rating: R


Baby, I’m back!

Kristy (Ashley Laurence) barely survived her encounter with her uncle Frank (Sean Chapman) and her step-mother Julia (Clare Higgins).  Now, Kristy’s been taken for psychological examination when police discover the horror at her father’s home and everyone refuse to believe her stories about the Cenobites.  Kristy realizes that her father’s soul might be lost in Hell and learns Doctor Channard (Kenneth Cranham) is keen to reopen the pathway to Hell using a patient named Tiffany (Imogen Boorman).  When Channard brings back Julia, Kristy finds she must face Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and his Cenobites…and they aren’t happy she escaped them.


Hey sailer, got a light?

Directed by Tony Randel, Hellbound:  Hellraiser II directly follows Hellraiser‘s events.  Clive Barker returned as producer.  The critics were kind of indifferent to the movie though many found it hard to follow.  The movie was a big financial success.

Hellraiser II feels a lot like Hellraiser I…but that is a good thing.  It actually continues the story and doesn’t feel like rehash.  The visuals are very similar and it still has the wicked darkness that made the first movie a success.  The movie has the same goriness of the first movie and even gets gorier.  The bed scene where Julia returns manages to top the return of Frank in the original.


Just what the doctor ordered

Hellraiser II just after Hellraiser‘s release and producers intended Julia to become the big villain.  This explains why her role in the movie so played-up.  When Kristy exposes Pinhead to his past and he is “dethroned” as the head of the Cenobites, it was meant to be the last appearance of Pinhead, but Pinhead’s popularity lead to his return.  The movie also underwent huge rewrites because Andrew Robinson (who played Kristy’s father in the original) refused to return…which screw-up plotlines.

Hellbound:  Hellraiser II is a bit of a confusing movie.  It makes sense in the context of Hellraiser, but if you never saw Hellraiser, it will make very little sense.  I actually originally saw Hellbound:  Hellraiser II this way so I can understand how it could lead to some confusion.  It is interesting to see a true sequel when it involves a horror movie and Hellbound is a true sequel.  Hellbound:  Hellraiser II was followed in 1992 by Hellraiser III:  Hell on Earth.

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Related Links:

Hellraiser (1987)

Hellraiser III:  Hell on Earth (1992)

Hellraiser:  Bloodline (1996)

Hellraiser:  Inferno (2000)

Hellraiser:  Hellseeker (2002)

Hellraiser:  Deader (2005)

Hellraiser:  Hellworld (2005)

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