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Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
The evil puzzle box again opens the door to hellish havoc in this follow-up to the 1987 fright hit. This time around, the focus is on Kirsty Cotton, the young teenager who survived the first film's carnage. The trauma has landed her in a psychiatric hospital, where her doctor shows an unfortunate interest in the mystical box. Soon, the portal to hell has been reopened, allowing the demonic creatures known as the Cenobites to again unleash their terror. Rather than fleeing, however, Kirsty voluntarily sets out to travel through this hellish underworld in hopes of rescuing her damned father.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A maggotty carnival of mayhem, mutation and dismemberment, awash in blood and recommended only for those who thrive on such junk."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It is simply a series of ugly and bloody episodes strung together one after another like a demo tape by a perverted special-effects man."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A mixed bag that I just didn't fully embrace in the end..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's probably a stretch to surmise that, just as the first film's subtext dealt with health fears, the sequel mines its dread from the horror of malpractice."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"In franchise history there have been a lot worse sequels than this turned out to be. Yes, that's a bit of a compliment."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Simply performs cosmetic surgery on the original."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"When I first caught it around 1989 on VHS video, it was unlike anything I had ever seen before."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film collapses into a bloody mess of bravura set pieces that never add up to a satisfying whole."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"as part of the ongoing Hellraiser legacy, Hellbound is an excellent sequel"
‑ Bill Gibron, Filmcritic.com
"More gore than lore, but still a fun film, if you can stomach it."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Even if you discount the cliche's, there are enough bizarre and shocking effects here to satisfy all but the most demanding genre fans."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A thoroughly worthy successor to the freakishly original Hellraiser."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Gory but lacking in purpose, this sequel benefits from the return of Higgins and the new addition of Cranham, yet fails to do much with the premise other than deliver a reactionary AIDS parable."
‑ , Film4
"It's great up until the end, which is so bad as to undermine all that came before."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Fun Fun Fun :P"
‑ Alex Keen, Trades
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