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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Boorman ...
Chatterer Cenobite / Chatter II Cenobite
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Mr. Browning / Skinless Frank
Homicide Detective Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
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Bradley Lavelle ...


Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, and Kirsty must follow him to save her father and witness the power struggles among the newly damned. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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23 December 1988 (USA)  »

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$11,090,735 (USA)

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The mythical "surgeon scene" is due to appear as an extra in UK DVD label Arrow Video's upcoming Blu Ray box set of the first three Hellraiser films, therefore confirming it was indeed filmed See more »


When the Cenobites appear in Dr. Channard's office, the curtains are ripped away from the window, and you can see the string that rips them away. See more »


Dr. Philip Channard: [while operating a brain in front of a class of students] The mind is a labyrinth, ladies and gentlemen, a puzzle. And while the paths of the brain are plainly visible, its ways deceptively apparent, its destinations are unknown. Its secrets still secret. And, if we are honest, it is the lure of the labyrinth that draws us to our chosen field to unlock those secrets. Others have been here before us and have left us signs, but we, as explorers of the mind, must devote our lives and energies to ...
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Referenced in Hellraiser: Prophecy (2006) See more »

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Horrors most memorable protagonist with too many crescendos
2 April 2011 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive Dr. Philip Channard resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

It's no surprise it was released the same year as Phantasm II, Friday the 13th Part VII and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, having one of horrors most surprising memorable and bankable protagonists. However, Hellbound borrows some elements from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and feels as if it had money thrown at it and was rushed to capitalise on the success of the first.

As a side note director Tony Randel arguably captures the imagination of Clive Barker correctly as its style appears to be the foundation for Barker's own Nightbreed (1990).

There's plenty to enjoy, the dark oozing blood effects, the return of almost all the original cast and of course the Cenobites and Pinhead himself. The music is fantastic, as too are the costumes and SFX. That said, the story is disjointed on occasion causing it to feel longer than it's running time, almost never-ending with one crescendo after another.

Overall, compared to the first and traditional movie styled Hellraiser third Hellbound: Hellraiser II is average and hellishly overrated.

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