Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

Find my review of the first "Hellraiser" film here:

"Hellbound: Hellraiser 2" (1988, Tony Randel, New World Pictures) is the sequel to the original "Hellraiser".

Continuing pretty much from the original film, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) is now in the Channard Institute insane asylum, where she raves on about the events of the previous film to unlistening ears. Well, the detectives seemed slightly interested... and they do have the blood soaked mattress...

She meets a young 'mute' girl called Tiffany (Imogen Boorman) who likes puzzles (can you see where this is heading?), and also gets an admirer, her doctor's assistant Kyle (William Hope), who gets himself involved in the hellish goings on. Silly Kyle. All to get into a crazy chick's pants!

It turns out Kirsty's doctor, Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham), already knows all about the Cenobites and the puzzle box, and he is actually trying very hard to open the damn door to Hell! What a loon! Methinks the nut is running the nuthouse?!

Dr. Channard manages to resurrect the flayed remains of Julia and makes some messy love to her. He also gives her some nice bandages so she won't mess up his things. How thoughtful!

The Cenobites show some restraint when young Tiffany is forced to solve the puzzle, and instead give Channard what he wants (too bad he decided he doesn't want it anymore!).

Gory and full of flayed people, this film achieves what it sets out to. The special effects are good, and the Cenobites are hilariously chilling and a bit daft. The film spends a little too much time explaining itself, though.

But we do learn how Pinhead (Doug Bradley) came to be, and "Hellbound" flows very well from the original "Hellraiser" story.

I do love some of the creepy scenes in Hell, especially Uncle Frank's private chambers.

A fair sequel, as far as sequels go, to a silly, gory film about torture, sex, evil and other such things. If you liked "Hellraiser" you won't be disappointed in this film.

[Picture: New World Pictures]