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Story

Definitely not one for the weak of stomach, Hellbound takes up where the first Hellraiser left off, piling on the gore to near camp levels. Luckily, the 1988 sequel retains enough of British horror-meister Clive Barker's macabre wit--like the original, it's based on a Barker story--to save it from the schlock-heap. Hospitalized following her last misadventure, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) implores authorities to destroy a bloody bed at the carnage scene, but the enigmatic Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham) brings an addled patient there and unleashes a dread Cenobite instead. As if that's not bad enough, Kirsty's getting distress calls from her father, who begs her to rescue him from hell. When she journey through hell's dark labyrinths with a mute puzzle solver, however, Kirsty only finds the evil Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and other bizarro creatures, plus her nasty former stepmother and lascivious Uncle Frank. Much maniacal laughter and skin shedding later, the newfound compadres unlock the puzzle box again to safety. Hellbound isn't genius, but it does have flair, which goes a long way toward offsetting Laurence's leaden acting and occasionally over the top gore. --Diane Garrett

DVD Features

  • Color
  • HiFi Sound
  • Widescreen

Cast

Ashley LaurenceKirsty Cotton
Imogen BoormanTiffany
Kenneth CranhamDr. Philp Channard / Channard Cenobite
William HopeKyle MacRae
Doug BradleyPinhead / Captain Elliot Spencer
Clare HigginsJulia Cotton
Deborah JoelSkinless Julia
Angus MacInnesHomicide Detective Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
Oliver SmithMr. Browning / Skinless Frank
Sean ChapmanUncle Frank Cotton (also archive footage)
Barbie WildeFemale Cenobite
Simon BamfordButterball Cenobite (also archive footage)
Nicholas VinceChatterer Cenobite / Chatter II Cenobite
Bradley LavelleOfficer Kucich
James TillittOfficer Cortez
Edwin CraigWheelchair Patient
Ron TravisWorkman 1
Oliver ParkerWorkman 2
Catherine ChevalierTiffany's Mother
Andrew RobinsonLarry Cotton (archive footage)
Robert HinesSteve (archive footage)
Michael Cassidy3rd Victim (archive footage)
Anthony Allen1st Victim (archive footage)
Grace KirbyFemale Cenobite (archive footage)

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Theme(s): Supernatural/Occult
  • Director: Tony Randel
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 99 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 23, 1988
    EuropeJun 16, 1989
    AustraliaJul 20, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 6, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 24, 1998
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