Kirsty is brought to an institution after the horrible events of Hellraiser (1987), where the occult-obsessive head doctor resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites and their demonic underworld.


Tony Randel


Peter Atkins (screenplay by), Clive Barker (based on a story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Higgins ... Julia
Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty
Kenneth Cranham ... Channard
Imogen Boorman ... Tiffany
Sean Chapman ... Frank
William Hope ... Kyle
Doug Bradley ... Pinhead
Barbie Wilde ... Female Cenobite
Simon Bamford ... Butterball
Nicholas Vince ... Chatterer
Oliver Smith ... Browning
Angus MacInnes ... Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
Deborah Joel Deborah Joel ... 'Skinless' Julia
James Tillitt James Tillitt ... Officer Cortez
Bradley Lavelle ... Officer Kucich


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 <>

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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 »


(at around 1h 28 mins) When Kirsty sees Tiffany on the ledge and Leviathan makes rushing wind blow, the wall behind Kirsty ripples like it's made of fabric. See more »


Pinhead: Ah, Kirsty. We thought we lost you.
Female Cenobite: So sweet of you to come back.
Pinhead: How can it send us back, child? We're already here... and so are you!
[Pinhead transforms the box into the Leviathan Configuration]
Kirsty Cotton: I didn't open the box!
Female Cenobite: "Didn't open the box." And what was it last time, "Didn't know what the box was?" And yet, we do keep finding each other, don't we?
Pinhead: Oh, Kirsty. So eager to play, so reluctant to admit it.
Female Cenobite: Perhaps you're teasing us. Are you teasing us?
Kirsty Cotton: I've come for my father!
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Alternate Versions

Another uncut video version is reportedly available on a Japanese laserdisc edition and features an extra scene in hell where Kirsty finds herself in a normal-looking room she associates with her childhood; a framed photograph of her parents is displayed on a bureau. She admires the photo and looks yearningly at her mother. After taking a short look around the room, she finds that Julia has replaced her mother in the photo. Suddenly, it begins to ripple and a bevy of cockroaches burst forth from the frame. Roaches crawl forth from behind the bureau, toppling it, and she screams. This scene is inserted during the spinning shot of Kirsty screaming, but before the Cenobites appear. A subsequent shot of Kirsty running along a hellish path with Tiffany is also slightly extended. See more »


Referenced in House on Haunted Hill (1999) See more »

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Everyone's favorite step-mom is back--and this time she's skinless!
19 August 2004 | by morgan1976See all my reviews

Even if the story's weak, bringing back the surviving (or not surviving) cast members of the original, can make a sequel better. Everyone thinks crazy old Kirsty Cotton is making up stories of demons from hell (which happened to be her attic), but we all know better, don't we? She's now in a mental institution with a girl with a penchant for solving puzzles, under the guidance of a sadistic doctor with a penchant for a skinless Julia. Part of the story is just a re-hash of the first with different characters in similar situations. This time around we go to hell and find that it's like an Escher painting with a giant "Lament" diamond spinning in the sky. Not as good as the first film, but pretty close--a bit gorier and disturbing (but after "Hellraiser", I was expecting this) The acting is similar to the first film, but the special effects are a bit more elaborate this time around as the budget was bigger due to the success of it's predecessor.

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Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellbound: Hellraiser II See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,185,511, 26 December 1988

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