HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II
Dir. Tony Randel GB 1988 97 mins (15)
Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Doug Bradley, Barbie Wilde, Nicholas Vince
Revived from the dead, though heavily bandaged and under the watchful eye of an authority every bit as twisted as she is, Clare Higgins’ lust-and-power-driven Julia returns in the sensational sequel to Hellraiser. That comment could equally apply to the state of the British horror movie scene during the 1980s. To accompany the launch of Dead or Alive: British Horror Films 1980-1989, QUAD/FANTASTIQ presents Hellbound, a movie fully representative of all that was devilishly delicious about home-grown terror cinema of the era. Mixing classy performances with outrageous gore and wild visuals, this ambitious descent into the maelstrom manages to both typify and rise above the standard genre template of the times. Pinhead is back… but has our favourite nail-faced supernatural sadist met his match in the wicked Dr. Channard?