Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 93-98 mins | Horror, Fantasy | 23 December 1988

Director:

Tony Randel

Writer:

Peter Atkins

Producer:

Christopher Figg

Cinematographer:

Robin Vidgeon

Editor:

Richard Marden

Production Designer:

Mike Buchanan
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HISTORY

Scenes from the earlier British film, Hellraiser (1987), are shown before the opening credits, and during a flashback narrated by actress Ashley Laurence, as the character “Kirsty.”
       End credits state: “Film clip from Hellraiser with Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Robert Hines, Michael Cassidy, Anthony Allen and Grace Kirby courtesy of New World Pictures Ltd.” End credits note: “With special thanks to Schilling and Lom; I.C. Clarke; M.J.G. Chesterman of Arbuthnot Leasing International Ltd.; Anne Atkins Young; The Symphony Orchestra Graunke.” End credits also state: “Made at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire by Troopstar Limited.”
       The film is a sequel to the British film, Hellraiser (1987), written and directed by Clive Barker. As stated in a 18 Sep 1987 LAT review, Hellraiser (1987) was based on the short story, “The Hellbound Heart” (London, 1986), written by Barker.
       The 24 Feb 1988 Var production chart, referring to the picture by the working title, Hellraiser II: Hellbound, stated principal photography began on 4 Jan 1988 in London, England, while a 9 Jan 1988 Screen International news brief reported principal photography started 7 Jan 1988 at Pinewood Studios in England. The 8 Jan 1988 HR reported filming at Pinewood Studios was scheduled for eight weeks. An article in 7 May 1988 Screen International reported the film’s “budget was agreed in dollars in the early autumn [of 1987] with the pound at $1.65. Ten days later, following the stock market crash, it stood at around $1.79.” A number of scenes and ideas ... More Less

Scenes from the earlier British film, Hellraiser (1987), are shown before the opening credits, and during a flashback narrated by actress Ashley Laurence, as the character “Kirsty.”
       End credits state: “Film clip from Hellraiser with Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Robert Hines, Michael Cassidy, Anthony Allen and Grace Kirby courtesy of New World Pictures Ltd.” End credits note: “With special thanks to Schilling and Lom; I.C. Clarke; M.J.G. Chesterman of Arbuthnot Leasing International Ltd.; Anne Atkins Young; The Symphony Orchestra Graunke.” End credits also state: “Made at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire by Troopstar Limited.”
       The film is a sequel to the British film, Hellraiser (1987), written and directed by Clive Barker. As stated in a 18 Sep 1987 LAT review, Hellraiser (1987) was based on the short story, “The Hellbound Heart” (London, 1986), written by Barker.
       The 24 Feb 1988 Var production chart, referring to the picture by the working title, Hellraiser II: Hellbound, stated principal photography began on 4 Jan 1988 in London, England, while a 9 Jan 1988 Screen International news brief reported principal photography started 7 Jan 1988 at Pinewood Studios in England. The 8 Jan 1988 HR reported filming at Pinewood Studios was scheduled for eight weeks. An article in 7 May 1988 Screen International reported the film’s “budget was agreed in dollars in the early autumn [of 1987] with the pound at $1.65. Ten days later, following the stock market crash, it stood at around $1.79.” A number of scenes and ideas were revamped for the proposed budget. Screen International also mentioned the film finished shooting under budget and was preparing for an Aug 1988 release in the United States.
       A news brief from the 18 Aug 1988 HR reported that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) assigned the film an X rating. The picture was shown on 9 Sep 1988 at the Toronto Festival of Festivals in Canada, as noted in the 14 Sep 1988 Var review. The film was also reviewed in the 31 Oct 1988 HR under the title Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, with the X rating. A 2 Nov 1988 Var brief reported that New World Pictures attended a hearing with the Classification and Rating Appeals Board (CARA) on 10 Oct 1988 in New York City to appeal the rating before the film’s proposed 11 Nov 1988 release date. However, CARA upheld the X rating. The 4 Dec 1988 LAT brief stated the film was assigned an X rating twice, and a 22 Dec 1988 DV article reported six appeals were filed. After removal of offending sequences, an R-rating was obtained. The print viewed for this record was listed as being “Not Rated.” The 28 Dec 1988 LAT reported the film opened on 23 Dec 1988 on 1,200 screens, and took in $3.2 million at the weekend box-office.
       The film marked the feature directorial debut of Tony Randel. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1988
p. 2.
Daily Variety
14 Jan 1988
p. 38.
Daily Variety
13 Sep 1988
p. 3, 28.
Daily Variety
22 Dec 1988
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jan 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Aug 1988.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 1988
p. 5, 13.
Los Angeles Times
18 Sep 1987
Section H, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
4 Dec 1988
Section L, p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
23 Dec 1988
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
28 Dec 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
23 Dec 1988
Section, p. 18.
Screen International
9 Jan 1988.
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Screen International
7 May 1988
p. 403.
Variety
24 Feb 1988
p. 279.
Variety
14 Sep 1988
p. 27.
Variety
2 Nov 1988
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New World Pictures In Association With Cinemarque Entertainment (USA) Ltd.
A Film Futures Production Of
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Focus puller
Clapper loader
Cam grip
Unit still photog
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit focus puller
2d unit clapper loader
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Charge-hand rigger
Rigger
Stand-by rigger
Lighting by
Filmed on
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst des
Art dept trainee
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prod buyer
Prop master
Chargehand stand-by prop
Stand-by prop
Chargehand dressing prop
Dressing propman
Prop transport
Const mgr
Supv painter
Painter
Painter
Supv carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stand-by carpenter
Stand-by painter
Stand-by stagehand
COSTUMES
Ward consultant
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst
Cenobite cost des
Cenobite cost
Cenobite cost
Cenobite cost
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd eff ed
Dubbing ed
Asst dubbing ed
Asst sd eff ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Opt eff supv
Matte cam op
Travelling matte supv
Addl opticals
Spec eff supv
Flying eff supv
MAKEUP
Spec make-up eff
Chief make-up artist
Chief hairdresser
Spec make-up eff des by
Spec make-up eff consultant
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up tech
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff crew
Spec make-up eff eng
Spec make-up eff eng
Spec make-up eff eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod's asst
Prod's asst
Prod runner
Jobfit trainee
Jobfit trainee
Casting dir
Asst to casting dir
Jobfit trainee
Admin
Unit pub
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit nurse
Computer services
Financial services, Director Arbuthnot Latham Bank
Financial services
STAND INS
Stunt player
ANIMATION
Anim seq
Anim seq
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the film Hellraiser by Clive Barker (New World Pictures, 1987).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Hellraiser II: Hellbound
Hell Bound: Hellraiser II
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
Release Date:
23 December 1988
Premiere Information:
Toronto Festival of Festivals: 9 September 1988
Los Angeles and New York openings: 23 December 1988
Production Date:
early January--early March 1988 in England
Copyright Claimant:
New World Entertainment, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
28 March 1989
Copyright Number:
PA407187
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Prints
Work prints by Film & Photo Design Ltd.
Duration(in mins):
93-98
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29201
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the early 1900s, a British military officer opens an inlaid puzzle cube, known as the Lament Configuration, and chains spring forth, hook into him, and drag him to Hell, where he is tortured and transformed into a Cenobite, “Pinhead,” who cannot differentiate between acts of pleasure, and acts of pain. Decades later in the 1980s, Kirsty Cotton, awakens at Channard Institute, psychiatric hospital. Ronson, a policeman from the Homicide Department, questions the young woman about the mutilated dead bodies of her father, Larry Cotton, stepmother, Julia Cotton, and uncle, Frank Cotton, found in her father’s house. Police officers Kucich and Cortez radio Ronson to tell him they found a bloodstained mattress in the house. Kirsty overhears and recalls that Julia died on the mattress. Just then, Dr. Channard and his young associate, Kyle MacRae, arrive in Kirsty’s room to treat her. Before Ronson leaves, Kirsty tells him the bloody mattress needs to be destroyed. That night, Kirsty leaves her room and sees a young girl named Tiffany solving a wooden block puzzle. Kyle MacRae approaches and tells Kirsty that Tiffany has no family and does not speak. Kirsty returns to her room and sees a skinned man writing, “I AM IN HELL HELP ME,” in blood on the wall. Closing her eyes, Kirsty looks again. The man is gone, but the bloody message remains. The next morning, Kirsty tells Kyle MacRae she thinks the message is from her father, and that he is being held captive by the Cenobites in Hell. Concerned, Kyle goes to tell Channard. As Kyle approaches, he overhears Channard instruct ... +


In the early 1900s, a British military officer opens an inlaid puzzle cube, known as the Lament Configuration, and chains spring forth, hook into him, and drag him to Hell, where he is tortured and transformed into a Cenobite, “Pinhead,” who cannot differentiate between acts of pleasure, and acts of pain. Decades later in the 1980s, Kirsty Cotton, awakens at Channard Institute, psychiatric hospital. Ronson, a policeman from the Homicide Department, questions the young woman about the mutilated dead bodies of her father, Larry Cotton, stepmother, Julia Cotton, and uncle, Frank Cotton, found in her father’s house. Police officers Kucich and Cortez radio Ronson to tell him they found a bloodstained mattress in the house. Kirsty overhears and recalls that Julia died on the mattress. Just then, Dr. Channard and his young associate, Kyle MacRae, arrive in Kirsty’s room to treat her. Before Ronson leaves, Kirsty tells him the bloody mattress needs to be destroyed. That night, Kirsty leaves her room and sees a young girl named Tiffany solving a wooden block puzzle. Kyle MacRae approaches and tells Kirsty that Tiffany has no family and does not speak. Kirsty returns to her room and sees a skinned man writing, “I AM IN HELL HELP ME,” in blood on the wall. Closing her eyes, Kirsty looks again. The man is gone, but the bloody message remains. The next morning, Kirsty tells Kyle MacRae she thinks the message is from her father, and that he is being held captive by the Cenobites in Hell. Concerned, Kyle goes to tell Channard. As Kyle approaches, he overhears Channard instruct Officer Kucich to deliver the bloody mattress to his house. Later in her room, Kirsty tells Kyle and Channard how her stepmother, Julia, and Uncle Frank had on-going affair before he obtained the Lament Configuration puzzle, believing it to be a gateway to a domain of carnal pleasures. After solving it, Frank was taken by the Cenobites and tortured. However, blood from a cut on her father’s hand seeped into the floorboards where Frank vanished, letting him return to reality as a skinless being. Still infatuated with Frank, Julia lured men to the house, and killed them for Frank to feed on and regain his flesh. Finding and solving the puzzle, Kirsty bargained with the Cenobite Pinhead to spare her if she led him to Frank. Arriving at the house, Kirsty learned Julia and Frank murdered Kirsty’s father, and Frank wore his skin. Before being recaptured by the Cenobites, Frank killed Julia, and Kirsty solved the Lament Configuration again in order to lock them all away. That night, Kyle breaks into Channard’s residence and finds his home office filled with research on the Cenobites. He also discovers puzzle boxes. Kyle realizes Channard has been obsessed with the Lament Configuration for a long time, and sees the bloodstained mattress. Kyle hides and sees Channard steering Browning, a patient from the Channard Institute, onto the mattress. Browning sits and, with a straight razor given to him, cuts himself. The skinless form of Julia rises from the mattress, and kills Browning. Kyle flees. The next morning, Julia, covered in bandages and wearing a dress, kisses Channard and tells him she needs to absorb skin to complete her retransformation. Channard chains up patients from the Institute in his attic for Julia to feed upon. As he removes her bandages, Julia’s face is completely restored. Meanwhile, Kyle tells Kirsty about Channard resurrecting Julia. Kirsty says she needs to go into Hell and free her father. Kyle agrees to go with her. In the morning, Kirsty and Kyle sneak into Channard’s house. Kirsty stays in the office as Kyle looks around. When he enters the attic, Julia kisses him and absorbs his life, replenishing her skin. Meanwhile, Kirsty finds a photograph of a familiar looking British soldier. She places it in her pocket and looks for Kyle. Arriving in the attic, Kirsty is knocked unconscious by Julia. Afterward, Channard arrives with Tiffany, the puzzle-solving patient. Channard and Julia watch Tiffany solve the Lament Configuration, causing passages to a multi-layered labyrinth to open. Drawn by his desires, Channard enters with Julia. She leads him to a large spike floating in the sky, and tells him the object is Leviathan, ruler of Hell. Julia turns him over to Leviathan, who tortures and transforms Channard into a Cenobite. Meanwhile, Tiffany is surrounded by a large Cenobite known as “Butterball,” another named “Chatterer,” and a third female Cenobite. However, Pinhead arrives and ushers them away from Tiffany. Leaving the puzzle on the floor, Tiffany enters one of the passages. Elsewhere, Kirsty regains consciousness and runs to the office. Picking up the Lament Configuration, she enters the maze and calls out for her father, Larry. Pinhead, Butterball, Chatterer, and the female Cenobite corner her and assure her Larry is not in Hell. Pinhead transforms the puzzle cube into a spear. Picking up the newly formed Lament Configuration, Kirsty finds Tiffany. As they wander, Kirsty sees the front door of her father’s house. Inside she finds a room filled with candles and the message, “I AM IN HELL HELP ME,” written on a mirror. Her uncle, Frank, appears and tells her he sent the message. Upset at not finding her father, Kirsty sets the room on fire and burns Frank’s skin off. When the flames vanish, Julia appears with Tiffany. As revenge for killing her, Julia rips out Frank’s heart. Tiffany and Kirsty run away. However, Kirsty drops the spear-shaped Lament Configuration. Turning a corner, a wind tunnel opens. Julia arrives, holding the puzzle. Kirsty pushes her into the wind tunnel, but Tiffany, seeing the puzzle, grabs Julia’s hand. The wind pulls Julia into the tunnel, leaving Tiffany holding Julia’s intact skin. Disgusted, Tiffany drops the skin and the Lament Configuration, and follows Kirsty to the Channard Institute. Walking into a hospital ward, Kirsty and Tiffany see patients opening other Lament Configurations. Cenobite Channard, being controlled by Leviathan, crashes through a window and attacks the patients. Kirsty and Tiffany are cornered by Pinhead, Chatterer, Butterball, and the female Cenobite. Kirsty tells them she believes they were once human beings. To prove her theory, she shows Pinhead the photograph of the British soldier she took from Channard’s files. When Pinhead recognizes himself, the others remember their past lives as well. Cenobite Channard arrives to kill Tiffany. However, Pinhead and the other Cenobites stand in his way, protecting Kirsty and Tiffany as they escape. Channard kills the four Cenobites, returning them to human form. In the hallway, Tiffany speaks and says she needs to solve the puzzle again in order to stop Cenobite Channard. Tiffany and Kirsty re-enter the labyrinth and retrieve the Lament Configuration. Tiffany begins to solve the puzzle, but Channard appears to stop her. As he approaches, Kirsty, pretending to be Julia by wearing her skin, arrives and kisses Channard. Tiffany completes the puzzle and reverts it to cube shape. Upset by Channard’s failure, Leviathan kills him. As the ground quakes, Tiffany stumbles and almost falls into the maze. However, Kirsty pulls her up and they run back to the hospital before the portals close. Later, Kirsty and Tiffany are released from the Channard Institute. Elsewhere, two movers clear out Channard’s house. One enters Channard’s office and sees the bloody mattress, where a skinless arm pulls him in. When the other mover walks into the office, a monolith appears with a face asking, “What is your pleasure, sir?” +

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