Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

5.0 3
Director: Tony Randel

Cast: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham


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Pinhead makes his return in the first sequel to the terrifying Hellraiser series, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Anchor Bay has done a very impressive job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (as well as an optional full frame version). The colors all look vibrant and well saturated with the black levels appearing solid and dark. While a small amount


Pinhead makes his return in the first sequel to the terrifying Hellraiser series, Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Anchor Bay has done a very impressive job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (as well as an optional full frame version). The colors all look vibrant and well saturated with the black levels appearing solid and dark. While a small amount of grain shows up in a few scenes, it's never distracting to the viewing of the film. If this transfer isn't perfect (due to its age and budget), it's at least a commendable effort by Anchor Bay. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and is a great example of a well-produced 5.1 remix. There are many instances of surround sound usage during many of the scenes, and with blood oozing and flesh tearing during almost every scene, this soundtrack shouldn't disappoint fans of the series. Except for a small amount of distortion in the dialogue, this soundtrack is clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. No subtitles or alternate soundtracks are included on this disc. Fans will be thrilled to see a bountiful array of extra features available on this disc. To start with, there is a commentary track by director Tony Randal, actress Ashley Laurence, and writer Peter Atkins. This is a very fun and informative commentary that should please those looking to learn more about the film's production. "Lost in the Labyrinth" is a retrospective featurette featuring interviews with creator Clive Barker, and star Ashley Laurence, among others. Much like the commentary track, this featurette delves into the concepts and production of the film. Finally, there is a fairly interesting still gallery, a THX Optimode test, and a theatrical trailer for the film.Horror fantasist Clive Barker, director of the original Hellraiser, maintained creative control over this worthy sequel as executive producer, but was unable to occupy the director's chair due to his involvement on other projects. His creative touch is still quite evident here, as the original film's story is expanded in scope and intensity. The story picks up immediately after the events of the original, with the mentally unbalanced Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) confined to a mental hospital after her experiences in the hellish domain of the grotesque Cenobites, which included the gruesome death of her father. Her case attracts the attention of hospital director Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham), whose marked interest in her story has more than a little to do with his research into the occult. The chief focus of this extracurricular activity seems centered on his impressive collection of puzzle boxes, many of which are versions of the Lament Configuration -- the device which opens the gateway to the Cenobites' dimension. To further realize his diabolical obsession, Channard conducts grisly human sacrifices to resurrect the body of Kirsty's evil stepmother, Julia (Clare Higgins) -- who has literally been through hell and back. He also recruits mute autistic patient Tiffany (Imogen Boorman), an expert at solving puzzles, to decipher the correct version of the box. Haunted by visions of her mutilated father suffering in hell, Kirsty joins Tiffany in hopes of rescuing him from the Cenobites' dimension. Tiffany gains them access to the portal, and they make the nightmarish journey down the corridors of hell. Narrowly escaping the diabolical Pinhead (Doug Bradley), they come face to face with Julia, who has already handed Dr. Channard over to the Cenobites to be transformed into a hideous new creation. First-time director Tony Randel acquits himself nicely, and seems to have a real flair for the surreal material; the script by longtime Barker collaborator Peter Atkins elaborates on elements only hinted at in its predecessor. It should follow that the slightly larger budget would allow ample room for this expansion, but the production values actually appear somewhat slimmer. What the film lacks in refined style it makes up for in utter dementia, particularly in its depiction of graphic bloodletting -- numerous scenes were trimmed or deleted altogether in order to obtain an R rating from the MPAA.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Hellbound: Hellraiser II picks up after the carnage of Clive Barker's first film to find Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) in the hospital, encountering the expected skeptical reaction from her psychiatrist (Kenneth Cranham) to her tales of supernatural encounters as she plots to rescue her now-deceased father from his sufferings in hell. The Cenobites appear again, of course, and Higgins reprises her role as Kirsty's stepmother. There are also some stunning views of the netherworld opened up by the puzzle box; the dreamlike imagery is alternately gruesome and beautiful, but always compelling.

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Starz / Anchor Bay
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clare Higgins Julia
Ashley Laurence Kirsty Cotton
Kenneth Cranham Dr. Channard
Imogen Boorman Tiffany
Sean Chapman Uncle Frank
William Hope Kyle Macrae
Doug Bradley Pinhead
Barbie Wilde Female Cenobite
Simon Bamford Butterball Cenobite
Nicholas Vince Chatterer
Oliver Smith Browning
Angus MacInnes Ronson
Bradley Lavelle Officer Kucich
Edwin Craig Wheelchair Patient
Ron Travis Workman 1
Oliver Parker Workman 2
Catherine Chevalier Tiffany's Mother

Technical Credits
Tony Randel Director
Peter Atkins Screenwriter
Clive Barker Executive Producer,Original Story
Michael Buchanan Production Designer
Christopher Figg Producer
Andy Harris Art Director
Richard Marden Editor
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Geoff Portass Special Effects
Robin Vidgeon Cinematographer
Christopher Webster Executive Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Kirsty Cotton,the nightmares never end. Still fresh in her fevered memory are her father's skinned corpse,her undead Uncle Frank,and the cenobites. But for Kirsty,the worst is yet to come as she goes to hell to save her father and escape the cenobites' wrath. Hellbound:Hellraiser II is a great movie and is even better than the first movie.This movie will scare you and make you scream. A great Hellraiser to add to your video/Dvd collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hellraiser 2 is one of the best horror movies of all time. I think Pinhead is the best bad guy ever!!!!!! Hell I even think Pinhead would scare Freddy Kruger!!!!THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of the first Hellraiser and anything that has to do with Clive Barker, and this was surprisingly just as good as the first. Definetely the best sequel in the Hellraiser series.