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Hellbound: Hellraiser II

1988
Suspense/Thriller
Fantasy
1h 37m
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Rated 28 May 2007
52
32nd
Its biggest downfall is the low budget, which makes hell look like a poorly-lit Home Depot.
Rated 21 Aug 2014
79
55th
Fans who describe this franchise as intelligent are speaking relatively, especially given the number of plotholes & highly improbable contrivances on display here. What this sequel does have going for it however, is a giant set of balls. It's not the level of disturbing imagery (Barker clearly doesn't believe in leaving anything to the imagination) that's so audacious; it's the refusal to mimic its predecessor, even daring to destroy its most popular monster by literally humanizing him.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
64
44th
Not as good as the original. A lot of montages, too many in fact. However it's one of the better horror sequels out there. Like the original it's good, not really good but good. Certainly a higher budget would've helped the film immensely. Still I enjoyed the film, like the first, due to it's own set of "rules." Any good fantasy film has it's own set of rules and doesn't break them. "It is not the hands that summon us... it is the desire."
Rated 17 Apr 2012
74
76th
The guy that sees bugs on his skin is given a razor blade to get rid of them. This is not a comedy.
Rated 12 Aug 2020
70
53rd
The Hellraiser sequels are my personal Lament Configuration puzzle boxes. I know that whatever ahead is going to totally suck but ... I have to play. In this one everything good about the first film has been ignored for a quick gooey cash grab, who needs characters when you can just yell for 90 minutes. I can’t wait to see that soiled mattress in space “Hey guys look what I smuggled on board”
Rated 13 Jul 2020
73
82nd
Almost certainly the most direct inspiration for Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. I prefer this to the original by a fair margin just for how ridiculous it is; the "hell dimension" or whatever it is and Leviathan are legitimately great despite the questionable special effects. If you're not a completionist skip the entire rest of the franchise until the 2022 film.
Rated 16 May 2016
37
7th
Appreciable for going higher concept with lower production value but it wasn't in the right hands to make that work. It's an intriguing puzzlebox that the filmmakers couldn't quite configure correctly.
Rated 17 Feb 2010
70
56th
It's technically not really worse than the first one but it's so over the top that it flirts with total cheese in several scenes. The vision of hell is nothing short of bizarre. The effects don't hold up with time but just the surreal atmosphere of this makes it something memorable over the tons of 80's horror cheese out there.
Rated 11 Jan 2017
76
64th
If the original Hellraiser was a family chamber drama, Hellbound is a goopy, goofy, gory fairy tale - bigger in scope but still on point. Apparently, the film DID lose a third of its budget, so 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.
Rated 20 Aug 2011
64
43rd
There's a few cool ideas scattered throughout a mediocre story, but it always feels as if the makers didn't have the money and skill to pull off some of the more ambitious elements. I did love the reveal of the multiple puzzle boxes and the glimpses into the larger backstory. The surreal gore and increased gross-factor were also welcome.
Rated 13 Sep 2010
50
33rd
In some ways, I actually preferred this one over the first. It had a better story, and even though it's grand design gets foiled by low budget effects it has a sort of perverted "80s Jim Henson" feel to it, that I liked.
Rated 28 Mar 2015
35
8th
It depends to much on shoch and awe; which makes it offputting. I recently read Hellbound Heart and I was curious about how Cenobites are handled visually; that part was interesting. Most of the make-ups are well-done too; but the story was incoherent, the acting was very weak and the movie overall aged really badly. It mostly tried to bank on the success of the first one anyway; 20 minutes of it were footage from the first movie. Neverthless, Pinhead is really a kick-ass design.
Rated 09 Oct 2015
34
9th
What is happening?
Rated 31 Oct 2013
50
21st
Good gore, and some pretty fascinating ideas thrown around, but it gets far too convoluted for its own good and Doctor Channard's motivations are never well defined. While it opens the mythos of the box further, it is unable to maintain a decent story.
Rated 13 Nov 2007
69
15th
The original Cenobite quartet gets destroyed by a cenobite psychiatrist, who dangles aloft by his brainpan, beckoning them hither with finger-snakes gaping with flowers, syringes, razor blades. Perfect! The rest of the movie is dumb: you get yer mute waif, and you get yer Skeletor stalker lacking an epidermis.
Rated 07 Mar 2009
60
48th
One of the few movies that has ever made me physically ill. Certainly the only one I can recall instantly. It manages to be gross and scary as shit despite its infinitesimal budget, but it lacks a lot of the novelty of the first film and the story kind of stutters along without it.
Rated 25 Nov 2009
30
13th
Interestingly, half this movie is a recollection of what happened in the first instalment. Opting for a more operatic feel, this film explores more of the Hellraiser mythos. Sadly not to any really enjoyable extent. It ends in matte paintings and a giant rhombus that is apparently the demon Leviathan. Uhm. Yes.
Rated 20 Jul 2014
65
50th
Hellbound has a lot of interesting visuals. It raises many ideas but isn't able to fully explore any of them as deeply as it should. It feels like there are entire chunks of the story missing and that too much has been compacted into the runtime causing everything to suffer as a result.
Rated 05 Oct 2010
77
75th
An excellent sequel, one that follows very closely to the original, story and style wise. And, according to the rules of the seuqels, the violence is turned up in this one. If you enjoyed the first, your gonna love this!
Rated 17 Nov 2017
5
91st
I don't really care for the expanded lore and story bits but that's more than made up for with the horror and visuals. Everything that happens in Hell is awesome and I don't care if the plot is nonsense
Rated 30 Nov 2019
49
26th
I can get you clothes. I can do that; I'm a doctor.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
6th
I will never watch another horror sequel. I will never watch another horror sequel. I will never watch another horror sequel. I will never watch another horror sequel. I will never watch another horror sequel. I will never watch another horror sequel.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
57
13th
A film that delights in not explaining a thing that's going on. If it didn't rely quite so heavily on special effect, and had instead concerned itself with explaining why many of the inexplicable things happen, this might have withstood the test of time a little better. As it is, it comes across as a disjointed, barely coherent attempt to create a franchise (which was obviously achieved, given the 6 Hellraiser outings). Poor by anyones standards.
Rated 22 Jan 2017
50
24th
Sticks to some of the strengths of the original, including the female characters and the sheer unrelenting seductive grimness. But it's overlong, with a pointless new villain, and doesn't even use its best assets nearly as much as it might have.
Rated 10 Oct 2020
70
36th
Hellbound: Hellraiser II improved in many ways but there were some parts that were worse. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. Since the Cenobites were the most interesting part of the first movie, the producers needed to give us more information about them and they trickled us some great information in this sequel. Pinhead's backstory was interesting but I hope that we'll learn more about him in the other movies. I was also happy with Ashley Laurences return. She is kind of badass.
Rated 25 Oct 2018
73
45th
Outlandishly campy and at times repellent sequel is considerably more entertaining than the original; discarding any semblance of logic or reasoning and diving face-first into a parade of ghoulish and repulsive make-up effects works to the film's benefit; oft criticised production design is low budget but effective, creating a convincingly dystopic look of industrial bleakness. Ultimately this really is what it is, but for what it is, it is perversely entertaining.
Rated 14 Jul 2012
71
45th
Hellraiser II: Now with more Cenobites!
Rated 30 Dec 2016
70
56th
Hellbound is actually pretty solid. While much smaller budget and much less well-written then its predecessor, its characters are still interesting and it still has the uber-serious, yet 80's cheese style that made the first so compelling. I've been a big fan of the Hellraiser franchise so far.
Rated 19 Oct 2010
57
22nd
More Pinhead.
Rated 11 Sep 2009
61
27th
Mostly a retread of the original.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
22nd
Like the increase of pinhead role but not as good as the first.
Rated 06 Feb 2008
49
39th
More pissed pinhead.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
90
57th
Even better than the origional.
Rated 28 Aug 2014
48
19th
Despite upping the gore and surrealism, Hellraiser 2 ultimately fails to adequately expand on Barker's universe due to budgetary limitations, over-ambition, general silliness and an overall lack of narrative skill. Granted, the original was no Citizen Kane, but Barker understood how to tell an emotionally and aesthetically coherent story, even while revealing a novice's touch. Randel simply throws as many crazy ideas at the screen as possible, and barely anything sticks.
Rated 23 Mar 2009
75
54th
This represents one of those rare cases wherein a scare sequel equals, and in some instances surpasses, the original. It offers an ever escalating procession of nightmare set pieces that succeed in being both darkly comic and genuinely chilling. (As Pinhead at one point proclaims, "Your suffering will be legendary -- even in hell!") Highlights include imaginatively grotesque sets, horrific FX that outnightmare Elm Street, and one of the sickest heavy petting scenes I've ever seen
Rated 08 Jan 2017
85
90th
Starts quite poorly worringly looking like just a rehash of the original (even reusing a lot of footage as flashbacks), but it gets better with every minute. Around half hour in it starts throwing at viewer glorious amounts of 80s surreal gory cheese - weird psychiatric ward shenanigans, body mutilations, even some kind of weird powerful tentacled mutant - WHAT THE HELL! That's exactly the kind of horror I like to watch.
Rated 29 May 2008
83
83rd
the second hellraiser movie is simply the best one. there is more gore, cenobites, and scares. this one only came out a year after the first, but it turned out great.
Rated 29 Mar 2010
33
27th
trades in the strong narrative and interesting characters of the original for more surreal gore and effects sequences. if you like that sort of thing, it's pretty creative and unnerving with it, but the story is distinctly awful and the tension uneven. and ashley laurence is nowhere near the actress clare higgins is, focusing on her was probably a mistake.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
55
31st
At its very best when most surreal, and messy when trying to advance the narrative. A lot of gory eye-candy a la Cronenberg/Yuzna keeps this flick entertaining in a wtf kinda way, but if we could make an argument for taking the first one seriously at all, the sequel has undeniably veered into pure schlock territory.
Rated 24 Aug 2007
65
57th
Pretty good, best of the series.
Rated 17 Jun 2012
90
74th
My favorite, even though the first is better.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
80
68th
The production difficulties show but this is a worthy sequel
Rated 14 Mar 2021
85
33rd
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Rated 10 May 2018
67
40th
Disappointing sequel. Some striking images and one scene that hits the eroticism/body horror sweet spot of the original but as a story it's a mess.
Rated 23 Aug 2007
90
95th
Excellent
Rated 24 Nov 2011
45
11th
Tasty girls. That is all.
Rated 10 Aug 2013
50
36th
Rewatch. A fantastical mishmash of imagination and truly awful ideas.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
61st
More blood and guts from Barker's twisted imagination. You've gotta love it!
Rated 04 Mar 2009
55
63rd
I was raised on this series...explains a lot.
Rated 10 Jul 2023
45
28th
More visually ambitious than the first one, but also more of a mess. Still too little of the cenobites, despite the characters going to supposedly their realm.
Rated 29 Mar 2018
80
55th
I expected a cheap, redundant, cash-in sequel, but this was actually pretty good. Not quite as good as the first one, but still worthwhile.
Rated 21 May 2012
6
34th
Very cool F/X work. Surreal and interesting visuals are definitely the highlight.
Rated 16 Nov 2014
69
33rd
Pales compared to the original, but still has goopy grossouts galore.
Rated 03 Feb 2013
64
29th
64.000
Rated 11 Aug 2008
70
58th
Visually, the movie surpasses the first. Thematically, it does as well. The sequences shot in hell were fascinating and strikingly original. The plot, however, was thin at best, and it lacked much of the suspense of the first.
Rated 27 Mar 2022
3
31st
are the cenobytes powers just throwing metal chains with hooks? They have the nolan batman effect where the more exposure their suits get the sillier they look I'm liking this solely for the awesome tech work in the gore
Rated 19 Jul 2011
50
47th
Ups the visceral gore considerably, but shoddy directing and two(!) video packages of the first film make it a chore to watch.
Rated 03 Oct 2010
65
30th
A good follow-up! Loved the scenes in hell and the references to Escher! Very well done.
Rated 06 Jul 2018
2
14th
If you were more into the Hellraiser mythology than me then I could see the way they go into the Cenobites’ realm being interesting here. I mostly just found it tedious and nonsensical though.
Rated 12 Apr 2011
40
14th
Its great to see some mythology added to this fascinating story idea in the sequel, especially when it comes to the depiction of Hell. Shame the film that shows this is completely pointless.
Rated 28 Dec 2015
40
31st
A few screams and lots of red. The problem with the film it's not very scary.
Rated 22 Nov 2011
69
49th
More of a horror spectacle than the first movie, but also a lot more ridiculous and less sane
Rated 17 Apr 2013
30
12th
This movie is a gore-candy-horror film that lacks all the original and intriguing part of the first movie, totally forgettable. It's sad to see such good original material going to waste, Clive should've directed this one as well, but studios always ruin good horror material. Some points for the cool demons.
Rated 07 Oct 2008
66
54th
Not as good as the first but still watchable. the main character Pinhead I'm certain is a centrelink officer
Rated 17 Aug 2010
85
51st
Not as good as the original but still better than most of the sequels. Getting a backstory on Pinhead was creative and kept me interested. Recommended if you love Pinhead and all the Cenobites!
Rated 10 Nov 2011
82
71st
We get to see Pinhead's origin, find out more about the cenobites, meet a mad brain surgeon, implied sex with skinless Julia, visit an insane asylum and make a descent into a labyrinthine hell. The pre-credit sequence is completely unnecessary, especially since it is followed by the Pinhead origin, which would have been a fine sequence to start with.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
20
41st
"It's probably a stretch to surmise that, just as the first film's subtext dealt with health fears, the sequel mines its dread from the horror of malpractice." - Eric Henderson
Rated 23 Jun 2020
65
45th
It's saved by great effects, gruesome imagery & great lead performances from Ashley Laurence & Kenneth Cranham, but it has a lot of problems. The biggest of them, of course, is how it takes all the mystique & allure of the Cenobites and flushes it down the toilet for absolutely no reason. Even less of the plot makes sense than in the first movie, "Hell" itself is pretty bland, & the Pinhead character has lost all its charm. There's nothing special to this, really- it's just kind of there.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 01 Jan 2018
69
52nd
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Rated 20 Jul 2012
84
85th
While a clear step down from the original, a brutally impressive piece of horror.
Rated 11 Sep 2008
98
98th
Hellbound is the best Film of the trilogy ( in my opinion it's just a trilogy because every part after III is just a piece of crap and not worse to talk about ) Scary and Brutal. 80's rulez :)
Rated 14 Mar 2008
76
51st
Good practical gore effects just like the original. And some creative designs. But also like the original, this film doesn't know the definition of the word "subtle."
Rated 13 Apr 2008
77
58th
The best in the series. More psychedelic and nightmare-like than the first one.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
87
96th
Very Nice
Rated 07 Jun 2010
80
34th
Classic.
Rated 18 Jan 2008
55
37th
While still keeping some of the unnervingly sadistic atmosphere of the original Hellraiser, this sequel delivers some punch with a couple of truly shocking scenes. Later in the movie, however, the plot collapses under its own weight.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
40
23rd
More gore....more snores!
Rated 30 Oct 2016
53
12th
I did not like the first Hellraiser, but after hearing the second one referenced on the Flophouse I decided to add it to my Hooptober3.0 list. I liked the gore. I also find Pinhead and the gang to be scary villains. For those reasons, I liked the second one more then the first, but I still didn't like either. The story did not seem developed. Hellraiser ripped off Nightmare on Elm Street in a cheap way by killing people through a mattress.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
"Nothing personal babe." Classic one-liner. Good campy fun. Christopher Young comes back to score this one.
Rated 04 Dec 2009
29
5th
Even more nasty and disgusting than the original.
Rated 04 Aug 2021
68
31st
So, after seeing the first film three times, I figured it was time to start trying out the sequels, and no...it's not as good as the first movie, but what it did do is dive a little deeper into the mythos of the cenobites, and that has me very intrigued for the other films as well.
Rated 21 Oct 2014
83
97th
I don't think Roger Ebert watched this movie...
Rated 28 Apr 2008
100
94th
best of the series
Rated 17 Sep 2007
50
22nd
good visuals
Rated 11 Aug 2014
60
4th
Just a succession of gross and gory sights and sounds twisted together like a sizzle reel by a kinky special effects guru. It profits from the return of Clare Higgins and Ashley Laurence, and the addition of Kenneth Cranham, but barely does anything with the premise---except a moment where the hell raisers are transformed back into the human beings they once were before they opened the evil box---other than concede the fortune of most horror sequels by being both rehashed and repetitive.
Rated 20 Oct 2023
90
79th
I would like to re-watch this back to back with the first movie since this is a very direct sequel. It retains the vibe of the first one, while adding some extra lore, which I didn't think really deterred from the mystique of the cenobites although I've seen that debated online. I think there are some narrative/issues at times. Otherwise a very unsettling experience, really dug it and a great way to kick off the Halloween season

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