Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Sent to an institution after the death of her family, Kirsty warns Doctor Channard about the deadly Cenobites in this sequel to Clive Barker's horror classic.

1988Rating: R18, Horror, violence, sex scenes & offensive language97 minsUK
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Hellbound: Hellraiser II / Reviews

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Hellbound: Hellraiser II is like some kind of avant-garde film strip in which there is no beginning, no middle, no end, but simply a series of gruesome images that can be watched in any order.

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Time Out

Time Out

A disappointing sequel to Clive Barker's innovatory body horror pic, which - while making some effort to flesh out the Cenobite mythology - simply performs cosmetic surgery on the original.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Offering memorable imagery and little more, it eventually devolves into distasteful gore for its own sake. It's far less compelling than its no less bloody but far more intelligent inspiration.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The sequel’s cure proves infinitely bloodier than the original’s disease, and its over-the-top depictions of brimstone and flesh are so loopy and unmoored, you’d swear the place where nobody dared to go suddenly became Xanadu.

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Variety

Variety

Hellraiser II is a maggotty carnival of mayhem, mutation and dismemberment, awash in blood and recommended only for those who thrive on such junk.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

The obsessive lust that drives Higgins to horrific extremes in Hellraiser was almost enough to carry that film, but Hellbound has no such straw to cling to, and the film collapses into a bloody mess of bravura set pieces that never add up to a satisfying whole.

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IGN

IGN

Hellbound is gorier, larger, and more accessible than the first. It rehashes the original at the outset so people can grasp it whether or not they'd seen the first and as a result is an easier film to enjoy.

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