Sequel ups the ante on gore but not on fright losing itself in its own labyrinth of surrealism and plot holes. Mind you its the best sequel of the long running series. Higgins is somewhat wasted this time around as the self proclaimed 'queen of hell' and Laurence truly shows her limitations as an actress. Best in show is Kenneth Cranham as the villainous doctor. Never boring but not a worthy successor.
I made it a point to try and go through every single 80's horror series. I braved the Nightmare on Elm Streets, endless, exponentially increasing in badness Friday the 13th's, ridiculous and desperate Halloween's, but after seeing Hellbound: Hellraiser II, I knew I could not continue with this series.
Like Halloween 2 in that it starts right where the previous let off, but it has a lot less consistency or direction. Most of the movie is an exercise in, “Hey isn’t this shocking, gross, crazy, and weird? Cool! Now let’s do something else for a while." What I do like is that Pinhead hasn't yet really been that bad of a guy, in fact he's a real gentleman to Kirsten's needs. --PolarisDiB
A gloriously entertaining mess that makes the first film look positively prim by comparison. Hellish vistas and a freakish cavalcade of outre special effects work are the main draws here, though the film does add some intriguing tidbits to the Cenobite mythology. The lame performances and nonsensical plotting are forgivable, even sort of charming, but the callous wasting of Clare Higgins is a sin without absolution.
If the original Hellraiser was a family chamber drama, Hellbound is a goopy, goofy, gory fairy tale - bigger in scope but still on point. The last third of the film clearly does not live up to its visual ambitions. But in a way, it adds to aesthetic (matte work!!) - and they didn't skimp on the gore effects. The theology and symbolism is shockingly correct. A worthy sequel to a classic horror.
They made a lot of ridiculous story choices in this that simply did not work, the male acting in this is hilariously over-the-top, and it certainly is nothing compared to the first, but it still delivered a fun viewing experience full of surreal, creepy, unnerving scenes of pure horror.
Doesn't really hold up to the first as well but definitely has some very surreal imagery. That's all it really has though, as it tries it's best to ride on throwback and cameo's of the first film. A fun watch but probably not something you'll revisit unlike the first Hellraiser. I really like the whole tie in to egyptian mythology and the 4th dimension. Exploring this would have been the proper idea for the story.
It wastes a lot of time rehashing the first film and showing people doing some pretty idiotic things. However, once we actually get to hell, it's production design and makeup effects are just surreal enough to keep it interesting. Some really cool mat paintings were the highlight for me.