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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Clare Higgins , Ashley Laurence , Tony Randel  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman, William Hope
  • Directors: Tony Randel
  • Writers: Clive Barker, Peter Atkins
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" on IMDb

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  • Featurette: Lost In The Labyrinth produced by Clive Barker
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Once again Kirsty (Laurence) is sent through the channel between dimensions, where she confronts the dark desires of the demonic Cenobites.
Genre: Horror
Rating: UN
Release Date: 25-JUN-2002
Media Type: DVD

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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Society is a labyrinth of the brain June 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film is even more complex than the first one. It is a voyage inside the brain, not the individual brain of one person but inside the collective brain of humanity. The brain is a labyrinth and it is entirely dominated and controlled by desires. But this film transforms death into a fourth dimension of life because death is just a permanent imprisonment in this labyrinth facing a permanent non-satisfaction of one's desires that are thus perverted into suffering or the inflicting of suffering to new visitors or arrivers.
But this film gives an explanation of whom the cenobites are. They are men, and eventually women, who made other humans suffer when they were humans themselves. Thus Pinhead was a colonial soldier who enjoyed torturing people. Julia becomes a guide in this labyrinth after her rebirth because she was a killer, a criminal, an assassin in real life. But a new cenobites is born in front of our eyes. The psychiatrist is transformed into a torturer because he was such a man in real life, using scalpels and saws to manipulate and mutilate brains.
The twist of this film is that the cube produces a new shape, a double trihedra that is the very symbol of desires, of the flesh. And it is another victim of the psychiatrist, a young girl who was locked by her mother in the hospital of that man, who is able to solve the puzzle of this double trihedra in order to close the cube again, and it closes the labryinth of desires and the brain.
This film is a metaphor, an enormous metaphor, of society, if we consider the brain as a representation or a mirror image of society, and it is. Hence Clive Barker reaches here a social level that is not always present, in such a complexity, in his work. Very often, the flesh, the desires, the feelings, the blood of life are more in the limelight.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to Play August 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Take all of the delightfully sickening gore of the original Hellraiser, multiply it ten times or so, throw in a deliciously wicked new source of evil, and then provide some background on the origin of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, and you have Hellraiser 2: Hellbound. I love the original movie, but this sequel is even better in so many ways. It essentially picks up the story from the end of the first movie (providing almost too many flashbacks to make sure you are up to speed), where Kirstie (Ashley Laurence) has seen her uncle return to life sans skin to team up with her wicked stepmother to kill her father, and she has somehow survived two encounters herself with the Cenobites. Little did she know that her troubles were really only beginning. We find her in a mental hospital run by the cold and calculating Dr. Cannard (played to the hilt by Kenneth Cranham), who, as luck would have it, has been secretly delving into the secrets of the puzzle box himself. He manages to get the bloody mattress upon which Julia died and brings her back to life with the help of some of his most insane patients. He and Julia use a young girl unable to speak but gifted at solving puzzles to call forth the Cenobites and enter their world to satiate the mad doctor's deep need to "know." Kirstie and the mute girl follow them into the infernal labyrinth where they encounter Kirstie's old friend Pinhead, who allows Kirstie time to explore because, after all, "we have eternity to know your flesh." When Julia takes Dr. Cannard to Leviathan, lord of the labyrinth, god of flesh, hunger, and desire, he becomes a new force for evil in that realm. Before the movie ends, there are some very dramatic events that add much depth to the entire Hellraiser series.
This is a gory movie; make no mistake about that.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much effort by Image Entertainment September 9, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of all let me say this review is of the blu-ray itself and not the movie. The movie Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is a 5 star movie....one of my favorite horror films of all time actually. Image Entertainment really put no effort into this release at all. No extras at all except a very grainy trailer. The picture quality alternates between very grainy and muddy to almost quite nice..literally the entire movie. Certain dark scenes are very bad and then other dark scenes are almost HD showcase quality. Light scenes tended to look better then oddly became grainy and muddy but still watchable. Skin tones also seem more red than they should be.

I know that this is a 20 year old movie but with blu-rays it's kind of expected that a remastered HD transfer is in order(...or else why upgrade?) and i understand this isn't Star Wars, so millions of dollars aren't going to be spent on the remastering process but i would have expected a better end result from Image.

I could actually forgive the image quality because i love this movie so much. What i can't comprehend is the lack of extras. The 20th anniversary DVD from Anchor Bay, which i also have, has audio commentary, interviews and tons of behind the scene footage. Even plenty of new interviews with the cast and crew. Image Entertainment saw fit to include NONE of that.

Sound quality is very good though. For the source material Hellbound sounds better than it ever has. Dialogue is clean and loud scenes will give your subwoofer a slight workout. Being a Hellraiser fan and owning all of the movies on DVD. Even Hellraiser: Hellworld..not something i'm proud of:-) i can say that i am happy to have this on blu-ray and being a sucker for anything Hellraiser related...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even More Twisted And Gruesome Than The First
Hellraiser II is a nicely scripted sequel to Hellraiser that delves further into the twisted world of the sick and perverse demon known as Pinhead. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kane's Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
# 1 and # 2 were the best, # 1 a 5 star.
Published 14 days ago by Ronald Murta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movis in the franchise.
Published 25 days ago by Sandy Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good sequel. Needs more. More pin head
Published 25 days ago by pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hell raiser sequel to the first one
Pinhead is awesome! He is one of my favorite horror movie villains. Hellraiser series is awesome! Great sequel to the first movie. Recommend this movie highly.
Published 2 months ago by JONATHAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Leviathan!
I kinda thought I would get the Blu ray of this, but settled for this DVD because it has extras the Blu ray did not port over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scottland in Cleveland
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Pinhead fans
I did like the first one of these movies but this second one seems to be weighed down and trying to get the magic of the first one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars The extras are enough to make this classic a must own.
A lot better than part one, and I love part one! If you are a fan of truly original horror films, you have to see Hellraiser, and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars all the things horror aficionados love, pick this up if you have not...
A very underrated movie, it ups the ante of the first movie and becomes a horror classic. Disturbing, engrossing, gory... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LawyerScum
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This BD release has not special features at all. The transfer is OK.
Published 3 months ago by Luis Osorio
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