Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

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Kirsty Cotton has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, still haunted by visions of the unspeakable horror that destroyed her family. Interviewed by Doctor Channard, and his assistant, Kyle MacRae, she tells her account of the events depicted in the first film, and pleads with them to destroy the bloody mattress her murderous stepmother, Julia Cotton died on. Despite her frantic urging, MacRae is the only one who seems to believe her.

However, it is revealed that the obsessive Dr. Channard has been searching for the Lament Configuration, the doorway to the world of the Cenobites, for years. After hearing Kirsty’s story, he has the mattress brought to his home, and has one of his more deranged patients lie on the mattress and cut himself with a straight razor. The resulting blood frees Julia from the Cenobite dimension, as it did with Frank in the first film, though Julia’s physical form is immediately whole, only lacking skin due to the amount of blood.

Meanwhile, Kirsty is awakened in her room to a vision of her father, who tells her in writing that he’s in Hell and to help him. This is witnessed by MacRae, who had snuck inside Dr. Channard’s house to investigate Kirsty’s claims. He returns to Kirsty to tell her, and the two decide to return to Dr. Channard’s house, so Kirsty can attempt to save her father who she believes is still trapped in Hell. They also decide to bring a young patient named Tiffany, whom Kirsty has befriended. Tiffany, who hasn’t spoken for years, demonstrates an amazing aptitude for puzzles.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (also known as Hellraiser II: Hellbound) is a 1988 British-American body horror film directed by Tony Randel and starring Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham and Doug Bradley. The film is the second entry in the Hellraiser saga and draws heavily upon (and was made by much of the same cast and crew as) its precursor, Hellraiser. Clive Barker, who wrote and directed the previous film, wrote the story and was the sequel’s executive producer.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II Movie Poster (1988)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Directed by: Tony Randel
Starring: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, William Hope, Imogen Boorman, Kenneth Cranham, Sean Chapman, Nicholas Vince, Deborah Joel
Screenplay by: Peter Atkins
Production Design by: Michael Buchanan
Cinematography by: Robin Vidgeon
Film Editing by: Richard Marden, Tony Randel
Costume Design by: Jane Wildgoose
Art Direction by: Andy Harris
Music by: Christopher Young
Distributed by: New World Pictures
Release Date: New World Pictures
Release date: December 23, 1988