Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)




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The evil puzzle box again opens the door to hellish havoc in this follow-up to the 1987 fright hit. This time around, the focus is on Kirsty Cotton, the young teenager who survived the first film's carnage. The trauma has landed her in a psychiatric hospital, where her doctor shows an unfortunate interest in the mystical box. Soon, the portal to hell has been reopened, allowing the demonic creatures known as the Cenobites to again unleash their terror. Rather than fleeing, however, Kirsty … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Atkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
New World Video


as Larry Cotton

as Dr. Channard

as Tiffany

as Kyle Macrae

as Browning

as Uncle Frank

as Pinhead

as Butterball Cenobite

as Chatterer

as Female Cenobite

as Skinless Julia

as Officer Kucich

as Wheelchair Patient

as Workman 1

as Workman 2

as Tiffany's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Hellbound: Hellraiser II

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

A maggotty carnival of mayhem, mutation and dismemberment, awash in blood and recommended only for those who thrive on such junk.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Simply performs cosmetic surgery on the original.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Even if you discount the cliche's, there are enough bizarre and shocking effects here to satisfy all but the most demanding genre fans.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

When I first caught it around 1989 on VHS video, it was unlike anything I had ever seen before.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

A thoroughly worthy successor to the freakishly original Hellraiser.

Full Review… | August 14, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Hellbound: Hellraiser II


Let's start with the improvements over the Clive Barker predecessor: Christopher Young's baroque score is more akin to a demonic music box this time around and the concept of the demystifying backstory for Pinhead as a field officer is quite tantalizing to ponder. Once those elements have been broached, the film gradually degrades into a senselessly gory retread of the original (along with a lengthy recap and clip show from the indelible first film) with Julie as the incomplete corpse instead of Frank. An inmate flaying his skin of maggots is definitely repulsive and most of the effects border on that level of gratuitous and unnecessary. Upon entering Hell, the sets are kitschy with funhouse mirrors and endless staircases like an MC Escher painting. The images are never truly unnerving and the slapdash defeat of the Cenobites by Channard (and his cheesy stop-motion tentacles) are an insult to their formidable menace. To watch a humanized Pinhead gurgling for breath after a slit throat is depressing indeed. Overall, the brooding film capsizes quickly from brazen 'Snow White' allegories and overblown effects.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

The follow-up to Clive Barker's Hellraiser is a terrific horror flick with a great cast, great effects and very good directing provided by Tony Randel. As far as sequels are concerned, Hellbound is one of the better sequels in a horror franchise. Usually a sequel tends to lack the power of the original film, however this is not the case for Hellbound. Though not as great as Hellraiser; this film has all the necessary elements to create the effective terror that Hellraiser fans have come to expect. This film is designed to disturb its audience and like the first film, it does it very well. Though Clive Barker didn't direct this film, you can still see his imagination run wild throughout the film. The film succeeds at delivering dark images of melancholic painful terror. This film is a worthy enough sequel to Clive Barker's original masterpiece, and it continues where the first left off. Lead actresses Clare Higgins and Ashley Laurence reprise their roles from the first film, and it brings an even greater sense of continuity to the film. Fans of the first film will most likely enjoy this film, and like the first Hellraiser, it remains a must see film for fans. This is the best sequel in the entire franchise, and as the series progressed; it's easy to see why. If you've enjoyed the first film, then give this one a view, you'll most likely going to enjoy it as much as Barker's classic of terror.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I think I prefer the story line of this one over the first. The first film did drag a bit until the end. It was good to see more of the Cenobites in this one. Parts of it were repetitive though, still very gory and unusual though. If you liked the first check it out.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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