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Friday, January 6, 2012

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

We have such sights to show you...again.  Hellbound is Clive Barker's sequel to the iconic Hellraiser.  The plot picks up where the first one left off with Kirsty in an insane asylum.  No one believers her amazing story, of course, expect for the good doctor who manages to resurrect Julia and unleash the Cenobites for another round of terror.
Clive Barker hands over the director's duties this time to Tony Randel who maintains the  quality of the first film with the sequel.  Barker writes and executive produces.  Hellbound is every bit as twisted and eye popping as the first film.  My favorite effect is the the "skinless" Julie which is achieved in a rather low tech way but is a total home run.  Really creepy.
In addition to the original cast, which is present for the sequel, Imogene Boorman is a welcome addition as Tiffany, the girl who has a gift for manipulating the puzzle box.  She has such expressive eyes and while she doesn't speak a word for much of the film conveys every emotion needed for her character.  Nicely done.
I admit that Clive Barker is an acquired taste.  He's not my personal favorite but no one can deny his talent and twisted imagination.  He has such a unique vision of horror whose images last long after the ending credits roll.  Hellbound is NOT for the faint of heart.  However, if you enjoyed the first film you will definitely enjoy this one as well. 
As a final note, the film score is absolutely gorgeous.  Kudos to Christopher Young who also did the music for the original.  I can only wish that all horror films had this good of a soundtrack.  Beautifully done.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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