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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

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64%
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DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 20, 1998
 R2: 24 Jul 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 37 minutes

Country UK

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Other Titles
• Hellbound: Hellraiser II
• Hellraiser II (1988)



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Genre: Horror, Demonic Possession, Zombie, Demon, Cult Classic, Gay/Lesbian, Gore, Doctor, Mental Institution

Tagline: It will tear your soul apart... again.

Plot: Beginning just hours after the original HELLRAISER ended, HELLBOUND finds young Kristy (Laurence) waking up in a mental institution because she insisted on describing her parents murderers as pain loving demons from hell to the authorities. Unfortunately, she has been placed in the car of Dr. Channard, who has devoted his life to solving the Lament Configuration, the key to the doorway of hell, and now, with Kristy, he believes he has found another key. Resuscitating the skinless corpse of her stepmother, Julia, Dr. Channard succeeds in opening a doorway to hell, one that Julia, Channard, Kristy, and her mute friend Tiffany all travel through.

Based on a story by Clive Barker, HELLBOUND is both a continuation of the original as well as a much different take on its story and universe. Here, the film fashions itself after an ALICE IN WONDERLAND type fairy tale as it focuses on Kristy and Tiffany's adventures in hell as well as on the lives of the Cenobites. Infamously gory, surreal, and often horrifying, HELLBOUND is a satisfying sequel to one of the most original horror films of the

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 External Reviews
external linkThis first of two many sequels gets points for trying to keep the story going from the original and for having some good ideas but taking the story into the labyrinths with minimal explanation for it just doesn't work and it all ends-up becoming muddled,a bit slower than the original and just not that watchable. This is just a sloppy and, I suspect, quickly thrown together sequel that disappoints more than anything. 1.5/4


external link...the film flows smoothly and presents lots of gut-wrentching moments. This film is really hard to review--it really has to be experienced. 3.5/5
--Nyder Adams (ColdSpot)


 Directed by
Tony Randel
Infested, Fist of the North Star, Amityville 1992: It's About Time
 Written by
Clive Barker
Candyman, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Hellraiser: Inferno
Peter Atkins
Wishmaster, Hellraiser: Bloodline, Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
 Cast
Clare Higgins
Hellraiser, The House of Mirth, B. Monkey
Ashley Laurence
Hellraiser, A Murder of Crows, Hellraiser: Hellseeker
Imogen Boorman
Dreamchild
Doug Bradley
Hellraiser, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Hellraiser: Bloodline
Kenneth Cranham
Layer Cake, Oliver!, Bed of Roses
Sean Chapman
Hellraiser, The Fourth Protocol, Seven Days to Live
William Hope
Aliens, xXx, Submerged
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 Music By
Christopher Young
Swordfish, The Grudge, Entrapment

external linkOne thing this film does have over the first is its sense of humor and a bigger budget. ... Part 2 is not a classic, but a damn fine film, this is must-viewing, particularly after catching viewing Part 1.
-- (eSplatter.com)



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