Horror film released in 2004, directed by James Wan
Beginning just hours after the original HELLRAISER ended, HELLBOUND finds young Kristy (Laurence) waking up in a mental institution because she insisted on describing her parents murderers as pain-loving demons from hell to the authorities. Unfortunately, … see full wiki
Before you go on to see Hellraiser 2, you might want to check out the first Hellraiser so you know who a few people are and why theyre important.
So the puzzle box has survived (I mean, its kind of hard to go up against a giant dragon skeleton). Poor Kirsty, because of her horrifying experiences from the previous movie, has ended up in an institution. The head of the institute, Dr. Channard, who already has a thing for dark tales and items, hears of Kirstys tales and becomes intrigued. So he finds the mattress Julia, Kirstys deranged stepmother died on and manages to raise her from death. She has news for him; if he wants to see something truly amazing, all he has to do is solve that little puzzle box. He gets a troubled girl named Tiffany who is a puzzle genius to open the box. Kirsty manages to get herself involved again, hoping to save both her father and Tiffany from the horror that is the Cenobites and their Labyrinth.
Well, similar to the first movie, youll get plenty of gore. Actually, I think youll get more here, which may be an attempt to draw your attention from the hiccups in the plotline. Since this is the 80s, you can expect the gore to range from believable blood to unnecessary goo. However, overall its pretty good and the special effects are right on for that time period (as I am aware anyway). Its also nice to see a sequel that brings back familiar faces using the same actors. Again you get Ashley Laurence as Kirsty and Claire Higgins as Julia, and both do a great job in their respective roles (not to mention the group of Cenobites).
Now while the plot itself isnt too bad, there are a lot of little things that tend to add up. Sure, we know Dr. Channard is a freak as a human being, but what suddenly gave him more power than the lead Cenobite, Pinhead? (Moreover, whats with the weird tail thing attached to his head? If it is a tail at all?) And Im not cool with the near-end and the whole You guys used to be human thing. I dont want to see the Cenobites human. I know they used to be normal, but theyre more effective when you leave it alone. Heck, Darth Vader was so much more badass before you find out that Anakin was a whiny brat. Same thing applies here.
Second, why did we even need Tiffany in the first place? Her job was to solve the puzzle box, but if youve seen the first movie, its very easy to see that you dont have to be any kind of wiz to get the thing to open. Heck, you could just poke it and it would open up for you and activate itself. Theres no trick to getting it to open. Otherwise, for the most part Tiffany is just running around mute, and she doesnt even look scared half the time. Seeing your mother die is one thing. Suddenly being thrust into Hell or some version thereof is totally different, I dont care who you are. Unless you are totally out of your mind, that crap is going to freak you out. But no, instead shes just wandering around like shes inspecting potential real estate. I guess they just wanted Kirsty to have a friend latched on to.
Minor, but also odd and unnecessary; the Cenobite labeled the Chatterer (mm, look at those pearly whites blood around the mouth really does make teeth look whiter!) suddenly has a semi-different face from the previous movie, as well as his first several appearances in this movie. Whats up with that? Did the makeup guys screw up? Frankly, he was much scarier without eyes if those were supposed to be eyes.
I actually like that Frank showed up from the previous movie. What a jerk he is, even in hell. Though I dont get how you can die in hell, but okay.
Despite all these problems, youll probably enjoy it like you did the first movie. You get to see a lot more of the Cenobites and Hell (or the Labyrinth) in this movie, which makes for a nice change in scenery. Im sure youre likely to have the same problems I had with this movie, but then again, youre probably not watching it for superb plot development either, are you? A movie like this is meant for chills and thrills, not Oscars. As for me, I watched out of sheer curiosity the first time around. The second, just for kicks. That and I think the Cenobites rock as villains (but in some ways, would they really be considered villains? Hmm, you decide ).
Fun Trivia: Ironically, in one scene there actually is an M.C. Escher painting hanging on the wall.
P.S. Im not hugging anyone covered in blood. Yes even if youve just save my life.
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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