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Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the horrible events of Hellraiser (1987), where the occult-obsessive head doctor resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites and their demonic underworld.


Tony Randel


Peter Atkins (screenplay by), Clive Barker (based on a story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Higgins ... Julia
Ashley Laurence ... Kirsty
Kenneth Cranham ... Channard
Imogen Boorman ... Tiffany
Sean Chapman ... Frank
William Hope ... Kyle
Doug Bradley ... Pinhead
Barbie Wilde ... Female Cenobite
Simon Bamford ... Butterball
Nicholas Vince ... Chatterer
Oliver Smith ... Browning
Angus MacInnes ... Ronson (as Angus McInnes)
Deborah Joel Deborah Joel ... 'Skinless' Julia
James Tillitt James Tillitt ... Officer Cortez
Bradley Lavelle ... Officer Kucich


Doctor Channard is sent a new patient, a girl warning of the terrible creatures that have destroyed her family, Cenobites who offer the most intense sensations of pleasure and pain. But Channard has been searching for the doorway to Hell for years, and Kirsty must follow him to save her father and witness the power struggles among the newly damned. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Did You Know?


Andrew Robinson refused to reprise his role as Larry Cotton, forcing hasty script rewrites. This partially accounts for the muddled story structure of the final film. See more »


(at around 1h 9 mins) When Frank is in his own private Hell, he throws Kirsty against the wall and it gives like it's made of soft material. See more »


Pinhead: It is not hands that summon us. It is desire.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release was identical to the U.S R-rated version which removed around 2 minutes of graphic violence including various scenes of blood spurts, more explicit footage of the creations of Pinhead and the Channard cenobite, and nearly a minute from the resurrection of Julia. The 1990 UK video version then lost a further 7 secs of BBFC cuts with edits made to shots of the bloody Julia embracing the madman on the mattress and a brief shot of a bound topless woman, though confusingly the 1999 video release was cut further with an extra minute of sound edits replacing some of the previous cuts. The full unrated version was passed uncut by the BBFC in 2004. See more »


Referenced in Final Destination 2 (2003) See more »

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One of the most kickass horror films of the '80's
25 June 2001 | by firefrost79See all my reviews

Thus far and no further is how I view this film - while 'Hellraiser' was a smooth and well-handled interpretation of 'The Hellbound Heart', this serves as an interesting extension to that story. OK, the acting is largly dire - but is this not a horror movie tradition? The film excels in its MENTAL imagery, not physical: Tiffany's disturbing visions of babies with their mouth's sewn shut as Leviathan plays with her fears; Channards violent, acid flashback-style memories... they are all insightful and well-thought out as they deal with that which cannot be tamed easily - the human psyche. Director Tony Randall has a lot to live up to following Clive Barker's '87 epic, but he takes the reigns of the story with good grace and presents a slick and progressive tale - although I do agree with the general consensus that the Cenobites should NOT have been humanised.

All in all though a great film, fantastic visuals - the fall of Leviathan at the climax has to be one of the most gripping and explosive deaths of a movie monster in horror film history - and one which should have ended the tale.

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Release Date:

23 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellbound: Hellraiser II See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,185,511, 26 December 1988

Gross USA:


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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