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Hellbound: Hellraiser II -- In 1988, it emerged as the shocking follow-up to the film that redefined the face of horror. Two decades later, it remains the most brutally original sequel in horror film history. Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence and Kenneth Cranham co-star in this hit sequel from executive producer Clive Barker that experiences the flesh like no other.


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Clive Barker (story)
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Release Date:
23 December 1988 (USA) See more »
It will tear your soul apart... again. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Some Powerful Scenes, But Overall Rather Weak See more (154 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clare Higgins ... Julia Cotton

Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty Cotton

Kenneth Cranham ... Dr. Philip Channard / Channard Cenobite
Imogen Boorman ... Tiffany

Sean Chapman ... Uncle Frank Cotton (also archive footage)

William Hope ... Kyle MacRae

Doug Bradley ... Pinhead / Captain Elliot Spencer

Barbie Wilde ... Female Cenobite

Simon Bamford ... Butterball Cenobite (also archive footage)

Nicholas Vince ... Chatterer Cenobite / Chatter II Cenobite
Oliver Smith ... Mr. Browning / Skinless Frank

Angus MacInnes ... Homicide Detective Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
Deborah Joel ... Skinless Julia
James Tillitt ... Officer Cortez
Bradley Lavelle ... Officer Kucich
Edwin Craig ... Wheelchair Patient
Ron Travis ... Workman 1

Oliver Parker ... Workman 2
Catherine Chevalier ... Tiffany's Mother

Andrew Robinson ... Larry Cotton (archive footage)
Robert Hines ... Steve (archive footage)
Michael Cassidy ... 3rd Victim (archive footage)
Anthony Allen ... 1st Victim (archive footage)
Grace Kirby ... Female Cenobite (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Cole ... The Chatterer - human form (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Randel 
Writing credits
Clive Barker (story)

Peter Atkins (screenplay)

Produced by
Clive Barker .... executive producer
David Barron .... associate producer
Christopher Figg .... producer
Christopher Webster .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Tony Randel (uncredited)
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Michael Buchanan  (as Mike Buchanan)
Art Direction by
Andy Harris  (as Andrew Harris)
Costume Design by
Jane Wildgoose 
Makeup Department
Allan Burne .... special makeup effects crew
Stuart Conran .... special makeup technician
John Cormican .... special makeup technician (as Little John)
Mark Coulier .... special makeup technician
Steve Cullane .... special makeup effects engineer
Neill Gorton .... special makeup effects
Steve Hardie .... special makeup technician (as Steve Hardy)
Alan Hedgcock .... special makeup effects crew
Heather Jones .... hair stylist
Paul Jones .... special makeup effects crew
Arlind Junkerman .... special makeup technician
Bob Keen .... special makeup effects consultant
Dave Keen .... special makeup effects engineer (as David Keen)
Paul Knowles .... special makeup effects engineer
Anna Lovatt .... special makeup effects crew (as Handy Lovatt)
Alistair McPherson .... special makeup effects crew
Michael Moustafi .... special makeup effects crew
Steve Painter .... special makeup effects crew (as Steven Painter)
William Petty .... special makeup technician
Beverley Pond-Jones .... special makeup technician
Geoffrey Portass .... special makeup effects artist (as Geoff Portass)
Mark Roberts .... special makeup effects crew
Gary Ryan .... special makeup effects crew
Simon Sayce .... special makeup technician
Warwick Sayce .... special makeup effects crew
Aileen Seaton .... key makeup artist
Roger Walker .... special makeup technician
Cliff Wallace .... special makeup technician
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andy Armstrong .... first assistant director
Christopher Figg .... second unit director
Peter Freeman .... third assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Kevin Westley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ron Allett .... property master
David Balfour .... dressing propman
Angus Cameron .... art department trainee
William Chamberlain .... carpenter
Bernard Collins .... carpenter
Peter Collins .... carpenter
Nigel Crafts .... carpenter
Lia Cramer .... assistant designer
Derek Ede .... stagehand
Steve Ede .... construction manager
Ray Ellis .... property transport
Ken Evans .... supervising carpenter
Ian Green .... carpenter
Michael Gunner .... painter
Floyd Jones Hughes .... storyboard artist
John Keenan .... stagehand
Ronald Kent .... painter
Nick Lloyd .... carpenter
Colin Lovering .... supervising painter
Alex McLune .... carpenter
David Mears .... stand-by painter
Malcolm Miller Jr. .... stand-by carpenter
James Muir .... stand-by stagehand
Anna Pinnock .... production buyer
Graeme Purdy .... chargehand stand-by prop
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mike Carter)
Joe Gilmore .... assistant dubbing editor
John Ireland .... sound effects editor
Simon Manley .... assistant sound effects editor
Tony Message .... dubbing editor
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Clive Osborne .... boom operator
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Jesse E. Johnson .... special effects assistant
Graham Longhurst .... special effects supervisor
Ian Brown .... prosthetic makeup (uncredited)
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dennis Bartlett .... travelling matte supervisor
Cliff Culley .... optical effects supervisor
Neil Culley .... matte camera operator
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Blake .... focus puller: second unit
Bob Bridges .... clapper loader: second unit
Wally Byatt .... director of photography: second unit
Murray Close .... unit still photographer
Jack Collins .... electrician
Andy Curling .... electrician
Steve Davis .... rigger
Steve Foster .... gaffer
Ian Hills .... chargehand rigger
Gary Hutchings .... camera grip
Pat Killeen .... stand-by rigger
Steve Kitchen .... best boy
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader
Danny Shelmerdine .... focus puller
Ray Wardley .... electrician
Peter Wing .... electrician
David Worley .... camera operator
Vince Goddard .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Rory Fellowes .... animation sequence
Karl Watkins .... animation sequence
Casting Department
Amanda Fisher .... assistant to casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
Johnny Britton .... cenobite costumes
Brian Cox .... wardrobe assistant
Clare Hastings .... wardrobe consultant
Jane Howells .... wardrobe assistant
Jeff Strong .... cenobite costumes
Ro Sylvester-Fisher .... cenobite costumes
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... first assistant editor
Tracey Sheffield .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Talkington .... music coordinator
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer
Eric Tomlinson .... music recordist
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Maurice Newsome .... unit driver
Luciano Trasatti .... unit driver
Other crew
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Gillian Bates .... production coordinator
Dennis Davidson .... additional publicist
Domenica Fraser .... assistant to producer
Robert Harman .... flying effects supervisor (as Bob Harman)
Steve Jones .... unit publicist
Gavin Kingcome .... production runner
Lesley Maley .... administrator
J.J. Odedra .... jobfit trainee
Jo Pond .... assistant accountant
Roy Puddefoot .... administrator
Caroline Quilter .... unit nurse
Alison Riva .... jobfit trainee
Louise Rosner .... assistant to producer
Joe Sargent .... production accountant
Marija Sargent .... assistant accountant
Gilmore Smith .... jobfit trainee
Karen Winnery .... administrator
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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97 min | USA:99 min (uncut version) | Germany:78 min (TV version) (heavily cut) | West Germany:88 min (theatrical version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (2000) | Finland:(Banned) (1989) | France:-12 | France:-16 (original rating) | Germany:Not Rated (uncut) | Iceland:(Banned) | Iceland:16 (cut) | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | New Zealand:R16 (cut) | New Zealand:R18 (uncut) (2011) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) (cut) (2000) (uncut) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1989) (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut) | USA:X (uncut) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

An in-depth subplot detailing the origins of Pinhead (Doug Bradley) was scripted but deleted in preproduction due to last minute budget cuts. All that remains of this subplot is the film's prologue showing Capt. Spencer opening the box and transforming into Pinhead. Pinhead/Capt. Spencer's backstory was later explored in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)See more »
Continuity: When Channard kills the original Cenobites, the collar of Pinhead's outfit undergoes visible changes. First it leaves his throat exposed but covers the rest of his neck. After Channard turns him back into a human, the collar then covers his entire neck. Finally, the collar completely disappears a second before Channard slashes Pinhead's throat.See more »
Julia Cotton:Oh, you poor boy. You look awful. Come here. Come to mother. What's your name?
Kyle MacRae:Kyle...
Julia Cotton:I'm Julia.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Some Powerful Scenes, But Overall Rather Weak, 28 December 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) survived the first attack from Hell in "Hellraiser", but her troubles are far from over. She is now locked up in a mental ward run by an occult-obsessed doctor (how appropriate) and her evil stepmother, Julia (Clare Higgins) refuses to stay dead.

This film is incredibly polarizing, I fear, because it has such strong qualities of both good and bad. The bad include special effects that really date the movie (though are still superior to much of today's work) and the introduction of a certain level of silliness that pervades the later films. The doctor as a cenobite is a bit strange in form, and opens the door for the even more bizarre creatures in part three.

There are some plot and continuity issues, such as wondering where Kirsty's boyfriend from part one went. And while the film seems to try to explain loose ends from the first film, it creates a whole lot more... the maze (presumably hell) is not adequately explained, nor is the role of the giant puzzle box. While some of this is addressed in later films, it seems that what we learn later tends to contradict what we see here.

But let us say some good things about this one. First and foremost, the Julia without skin looks incredible. It is hard to say they topped Frank without skin (from the original) but I think they did. The way she comes crawling up out of the bed... her blood-soaked flesh. Beautiful. "Right to Die" owes a huge debt to the work in this film, the same way that this film owes a debt to "Bride of Frankenstein" with its use of thunder and bandages...

We also have to give the gore creators some credit, because the insane man with the knife was pretty intense... actually, all the asylum inmates are well-played. For all the flaws this film may have, they more than made up for it with a couple of memorable scenes. While my favorite in the series is "Bloodline" (I believe I am in the minority on this), I think part two may have been the last great addition. Sequels were not necessary, and obviously everything after part four just gives the franchise a bad name.

Anchor Bay has released a twentieth anniversary edition, and I would strongly recommend it. Older features, such as an audio commentary from 2001, are available, as well as a few new featurettes. "The Soul Patrol" features new interviews with Barbie Wilde, Simon Bamford and Nicholas Vince. "Outside the Box" features a new interview with director Tony Randel and "The Doctor is In" features a new interview with Kenneth Cranham.

As someone who has met Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Clive Barker and each of the cenobites, I have a strong personal interest in this film. I can say that the Anchor Bay edition is easily the best to date and any "Hellraiser" fan would be making a mistake in getting an older, inferior edition.

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