Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Horror fantasist Clive Barker, director of the original Hellraiser, maintained creative control over this worthy sequel as executive producer, but was unable to occupy the director's chair due to his involvement on other projects. His creative touch is still quite evident here, as the original film's story is expanded in scope and intensity. The story picks up immediately after the events of the original, with the mentally unbalanced Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) confined to a mental hospital after
Dec 23, 1988 Wide
Sep 19, 2000
New World Video
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A maggotty carnival of mayhem, mutation and dismemberment, awash in blood and recommended only for those who thrive on such junk.
Even if you discount the cliche's, there are enough bizarre and shocking effects here to satisfy all but the most demanding genre fans.
It is simply a series of ugly and bloody episodes strung together one after another like a demo tape by a perverted special-effects man.
When I first caught it around 1989 on VHS video, it was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
The film collapses into a bloody mess of bravura set pieces that never add up to a satisfying whole.
Gory but lacking in purpose, this sequel benefits from the return of Higgins and the new addition of Cranham, yet fails to do much with the premise other than deliver a reactionary AIDS parable.
It's probably a stretch to surmise that, just as the first film's subtext dealt with health fears, the sequel mines its dread from the horror of malpractice.
as part of the ongoing Hellraiser legacy, Hellbound is an excellent sequel
It's great up until the end, which is so bad as to undermine all that came before.
In franchise history there have been a lot worse sequels than this turned out to be. Yes, that's a bit of a compliment.
More gore than lore, but still a fun film, if you can stomach it.
Fun Fun Fun :P
Visually striking, sometimes disturbing
suffers the fate of most sequels: it is both derivative and repetitive
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