Film: Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) is the second film in the Hellraiser series.

After surviving the events of the first film, Kirsty Cotton has been institutionalized in the Channard Institute. Neither the detectives assigned to the case nor the doctors at the institute believe her when she tells them about extra-dimensional beings and her undead uncle killing her father, and warns them that her evil stepmother Julia could still return. After hearing about this, the head of the hospital Dr. Channard retrieves the mattress that Julia died on, and repeats the ritual from the first film, allowing Julia to rise from the grave. Dr. Channard and Julia then work together to access the portal to the Cenobite dimension again, while Kirsty and a mute friend she made at the hospital try to stop them.


Hellbound: Hellraiser II contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Imagine being a parent and your young daughter starts showing signs of obsessive compulsive disorder, becoming obsessed with solving puzzles to the point where it is consuming her life. So, being the loving and responsible parent you are, you take her to a reputable psychiatrist in hopes that he can help her. Instead he brutally murders you right in front of your child, further scarring her. Then he essentially kidnaps your daughter, taking her into his asylum where he subjects her to torturous “treatments” that basically render her catatonic to the point where she can only focus on solving puzzles. Why does he do this? So he can use her to open a Hell Gate. Poor Tiffany has been through some serious shit.
  • Agony Beam: Leviathan likes to shoot people with an agony beam.
  • Badass Boast: Julia to Kirsty:
    "Oh, Kirsty. They didn't tell you, did they? I'm afraid they've changed the rules of the fairy tale—I'm no longer just the wicked stepmother. Now I'm the evil queen. So come on! Take your best shot, Snow White!"
  • Bedlam House: The Channard Institute, where the most insane patients are kept in the steam tunnels, and the head of the place is a psychopathic lunatic who feeds his patients alive to the hellish Cenobites.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A very tough one to spot: the sounds made by the Leviathan aren't here just because they sound impressive; it is actually Morse code for "God".
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The bloodshed is more extended and brutal compared to the original. To the point six whole minutes of footage are added in the extended version!
  • Book Ends: The ending of Hellbound calls back to the beginning of the first Hellraiser. A moving man who had been hired to help move furniture into the Cotton house returns to help empty the Channard Institute. Also the homeless man from Hellraiser makes an appearance and asks "What's your pleasure, sir?", the same question that had been posed to Frank Cotton.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Discussed and played with. The Cenobites find Kirsty again, but Kirsty points out she didn't summon them this time.
    Female Cenobite: "Didn't open the box?" And what was it last time? "Didn't know what the box was." And yet we do keep finding each other don't we?
  • Deadly Hug: Julia lures Kyle into her embrace and devours him with a kiss.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Dr. Channard, after becoming a Cenobite, joins their revelry of pain.
  • Evil Feels Good: When Dr. Channard becomes a Cenobite, which comes with a fair amount of body horror, and a giant tendril burrowed into his head, what is his reaction?
    Channard: And to think... I hesitated.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Probably even more true for this film, where Dr. Channard's obsession with the Lament Configuration ultimately leads to him becoming horrifically tortured and turned into a Cenobite himself. He's horrified at first, but in the end...And to think, I hesitated.
  • Evil Laugh: The Channard Cenobite had a weird one.
  • Genuine Human Hide: Kristy distracts Dr. Channard, allowing Tiffany to close the Lament Configuration, by "dressing up" in Julia's shed skin.
  • Hell: The film depicts a gothic-looking, otherworldly area of Hell (or, at least, a very Hell-like dimension that promises unimaginable sensations) called the Labyrinth, where the people who solve a cursed puzzle box end up. Escape is possible, and the first two movies focus more on human villains who've returned to the real world and need blood to restore their bodies than on the cenobites themselves.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in a sense. The Chatterer's original, human form is briefly revealed in one scene to be a young boy.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • When Frank accidentally stabs Julia in the first film, he states that it's "nothing personal, baby". In the second film, Julia throws that line back at Frank when she quite intentionally (and quite literally) rips his heart out.
    • When the Cenobites finally recapture Frank in the first film, he delivers this last line to Kirsty before being ripped apart: "Jesus wept." Kirsty throws that line back to him in the second.
  • Ironic Hell: Frank's own Hell in Hellbound.
  • Large Ham: The Channard Cenobite. All his lines were doctor-related and he had a rather strange evil laugh.
    Channard Cenobite: Surgery's open, Tiffany. What is today's agenda? Ah yes... evisceration!
  • Mad Doctor: Dr. Channard, later upgraded to a Deadly Doctor when he becomes a Cenobite.
  • Mobile Maze: The world of the Cenobites is presented as an infinite, every changing dark labyrinth of stone under the control of a floating rotating silver lozenge called Leviathan.
  • Monster Clown: One shows up in Tiffany's Hell.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Pinhead's "pins" are Q-tips without the cotton-balls, painted gray.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Tiffany (that was a name given to her by the staff).
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Tiffany spends almost all of the film as The Voiceless. Her first line, when first encountering Dr. Channard in Cenobite form, is "Shit!".
  • Rage Against the Reflection: Skinless Julia.
  • Redemption Demotion: The movie presents an extremely glaring example. Near the climax, the heroine talks the four main Cenobites of the previous film- including Pinhead, the series' most popular villain- into a Heel-Face Turn by reminding them they were once human. Minutes later, they are unceremoniously Curb Stomped by a newly-converted and thoroughly evil Cenobite. The screenwriter received so much hate mail over this, he wound up invoking Worf Had the Flu.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Pinhead, Butterball, Chatterer and the Female all die shortly after remembering their humanity.
  • Samus is a Girl: A shocking variant was used, in which the gruesome Cenobites are involuntarily transformed back to their original human guises by the Lament Configuration. The Chatterer is revealed to be a young boy.
  • Sequel: The Original Title: The subtitle and series title were inverted for this film. It's derived from The Hellbound Heart, the original novella by Clive Barker that he based the first movie on.
  • Sinister Geometry: Leviathan is a lozenge!
  • Suddenly Voiced: Tiffany, after seeing the Channard Cenobite:
    Tiffany: "Shit!"
  • This Was His True Form: After being killed by the Channard Cenobite, the other Cenobites turn back into humans.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kyle from the second; went to a house where Julia was, then decided to split up, didn't ask a strange woman who she was and what was doing there, and when she started to behave oddly didn't run away.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Julia went from being a reluctant and remorseful killer who tried her best to save Larry Cotton from Frank in the first film to a hardened killer in the second, who took great joy in being evil. Probably an after-effect from being betrayed, killed, tortured and resurrected. This is explicitly stated in the sequel as Julia is now an agent of the Leviathan, the same possibly divine entity that commands the Cenobites.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Channard's reaction after his transformation into a Cenobite is to question why he had any doubts about it.
  • The Voiceless: Tiffany.
  • Villain Opening Scene: In a way - it begins with the Start of Darkness for Pinhead, as Major Elliot Spencer is ensnared by Cenobite chains.
  • Words Do Not Make The Magic: The psychopathic psychologist uses a traumatized girl to open the puzzle box, thus summoning the Cenobites to Earth, figuring that this way it'll be the girl who gets dragged to Hell and not himself. But as Pinhead puts it, "It is not hands that call us, it is desire". They leave the girl in peace and go off in search of the one who truly summoned them.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Many fans were disappointed to see series villain Pinhead and his cronies taken out by the new Cenobite, Dr. Channard. Many have written off his easy defeat due to him being weakened and disoriented by learning he was once human, a notion supported by Hellbound screenwriter Peter Atkins.