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Hellbound: Hellraiser II Details

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Horror fantasist Clive Barker, director of the original Clive Barker, 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. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:December 23, 1988

Cast

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

Crew

Tony Randel
Director
Christopher Webster
Producer
Christopher Figg
Producer
Clive Barker
Producer
Clive Barker
Screen Story
Clive Barker
Book Author
Peter Atkins
Screenwriter
Robin Vidgeon
Cinematographer
Christopher Young
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Marden
Editor
Michael Buchanan
Production Designer
Andy Harris
Art Director
Clive Barker
Executive Producer
Christopher Webster
Executive Producer
John Midgley
Sound/Sound Designer
Geoff Portass
Special Effects
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