Hellbound_hellraiser_ii_ver2New World Pictures
1988
R

“Your suffering will be legendary, even in hell!”

For Kirsty Cotton, the nightmares never end. Still fresh in her fevered memory are her father’s skinned corpse, the evil machinations of her uncle Frank’s reanimated body and the unspeakable perversity of the Cenobites.  But the worst is yet to come.  From beyond the Outer Darkness, from the darkest regions of the imagination comes Hellbound: Hellraiser II.

Second go-round with the nightmarish Cenobites and the stupid humans who keep summoning them.  This time, things take place after the incidents of the first movie, with Kirsty waking up in a psychiatric institution, her boyfriend evidently not caring enough to stick around after being interrogated by the police about the carnage that took place at the house.  The doctor assigned to Kirsty has a secret agenda involving the Puzzle Box, which involves bringing back her wicked step-mother from the Hell dimension she was taken to previously, and becoming one of the Cenobites himself.  Along the way, we discover the origins of the other fetish demons we know and love, and Kirsty tries to destroy the Hell they’ve stumbled upon with the help of a mute fellow patient.

All said, the story itself is rather fresh and does something different rather than rehash the plot points of the first movie.  Hellbound tries to continue on with the storyline, and on that point it succeeds.  Problem is, the effects are rather poor, verging on the ultra-cheesy side.  That said, Hellbound: Hellraiser II is still much better than some of the sequels to come out of this franchise.

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