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Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Tony Randel

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

Cast: Barbie Wilde
Director: Tony Randel
Release Date: 1988
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

Hell is an Escher painting!

  • Oct 25, 2007
Rating:
+3
Pros: You get to see Hell; good special effects; nice acting

Cons: Unnecessary plot items ("Why is that there?"); lame one-liners; kind of ruins the Cenobite fun.

The Bottom Line: When it comes to my title, that was exactly what I thought the first time, and I realize upon my second viewing, I exclaimed the exact same thing.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

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 they’re important.

So the puzzle box has survived (I mean, it’s 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 Kirsty’s tales and becomes intrigued. So he finds the mattress Julia, Kirsty’s 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, you’ll get plenty of gore. Actually, I think you’ll 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 it’s pretty good and the special effects are right on for that time period (as I am aware anyway). It’s 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 isn’t 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, what’s with the weird tail thing attached to his head? If it is a tail at all?) And I’m not cool with the near-end and the whole “You guys used to be human” thing. I don’t want to see the Cenobites human. I know they used to be normal, but they’re 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 you’ve seen the first movie, it’s very easy to see that you don’t 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. There’s no trick to getting it to open. Otherwise, for the most part Tiffany is just running around mute, and she doesn’t 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 don’t care who you are. Unless you are totally out of your mind, that crap is going to freak you out. But no, instead she’s just wandering around like she’s 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. What’s 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 don’t get how you can “die” in hell, but okay.

Despite all these problems, you’ll 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. I’m sure you’re likely to have the same problems I had with this movie, but then again, you’re 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…).

NT

Fun Trivia: Ironically, in one scene there actually is an M.C. Escher painting hanging on the wall.

P.S. I’m not hugging anyone covered in blood. Yes even if you’ve just save my life.

Recommended:
Yes

Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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