Might rank alongside "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" as the best horror sequel of the Eighties. Sure, Clive Barker vacating the director's chair means this entry loses much of the original's adult-minded sophistication, but the almost Argento-esque final act featuring Kirsty and her teen friend running through a hell made out of a M.C. Escher mazes and expressionistic matte paintings is just my kind of thing.
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.
A very good sequel that both builds and expands on the things from the first movie. Sure, some things don´t make a whole lot of sense but there is a drive and urgency to the story and the narrative never gets boring. The acting is solid througout and the gore is very graphic and visceral. It´s a shame that the series went to shit after this one.
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.
A more fantastical and even bloodier entry. Ashley Laurence and Imogen Boorman steal the show together as they continue their fight against the demons of the box and the evil face of Claire Higgins. Love it's different portrait of Hell and the movie is full of unique moments. The only sequel really worth watching in the series.
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.