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Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tony Randel
Produced by Christopher Figg
Written by Clive Barker (story)
Peter Atkins (screenplay)
Starring Clare Higgins
Ashley Laurence
Kenneth Cranham
Imogen Boorman
William Hope
Doug Bradley
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Robin Vidgeon
Editing by Richard Marden
Tony Randel
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) December 23, 1988
Running time 97 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Preceded by Hellraiser
Followed by Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth

Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 film directed by Tony Randel. It draws heavily upon, and was made by much of the same cast and crew as its precursor, Hellraiser.



The movie opens up with Captain Elliott Spencer (Doug Bradley) playing with the Lament Configuration box, only to send him to Hell and transforms him to the Cenobite "Pinhead". Flash forward to the present, where Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) is placed inside the Channard Institute: a psychiatric hospital and is questioned by Detective Ronson. After the police search the house, they stumble upon the bloody mattress from the original film and bag it as evidence. Kirsty meets Dr. Phillip Channard (Kenneth Cranham) and his assistant Kyle MacRae (William Hope) and she tells her story. Before leaving, Kirsty begs Ronson to burn the mattress as it is the only means of bringing Julia back from Hell. Channard goes and talks to Ronson.

During her first night, she has trouble falling asleep when she comes across a young girl named Tiffany (Imogen Boorman), who has a knack for solving puzzles and has been institutionalized for six months. Kirsty has trouble falling asleep as she begins to hear voices and receives a bloody message from her father: "I AM IN HELL. HELP ME." Kirsty explains the entire story to Channard after she expresses to Kyle that her father may still be alive.

We then cut to Channard at his home to reveal that he has stolen the mattress, and Kyle sneaks to his house to find that Channard was obsessed with the Lament Configuration box and the portal to Hell. Kyle watches as Channard brings back a patient from the ward as a sacrifice for Julia's resurrection. Channard brings Julia back more corpses for her to feed on: she now has her skin back. He goes back and informs Kirsty about what he saw and that he now believes her. They go to the house together, as Kirsty finds a picture of Spencer before becoming Pinhead. Kyle runs into Julia: at first he has no idea who she is before realizing too late. Julia and Kirsty finally meet again, and Julia smacks Kristy as Channard brings another victim: Tiffany.

The next scene shows Tiffany is not another victim, but merely to open the puzzle box so Channard can experience Hell. The Cenobites are released, but Pinhead stops the others from killing Tiffany, for he notes that it is not her desire that made her open the box but Channard's. Kristy wakes up and, after seeing what has happened, heads for Hell with the box. Channard is eventually betrayed by Julia and turned into a Cenobite.

Kirsty eventually finds Tiffany, and they both try to find an exit. Kirsty sees her father's house, and runs in thinking her father might be inside, but it turns out to be Frank. He is the one who sent Kristy the message, wanting Kirsty to join him. She responds by burning down the house, as well as Frank's flesh. Julia enters with Tiffany, and Frank motions her to kiss him. Julia betrays him, ripping his heart out as the girls make their escape. The girls try and get sucked through, but Julia catches them and grabs onto Tiffany before she is pulled out of her skin.

Kirsty and Tiffany make their escape back to the hospital, but the Channard Cenobite finds them and gives chase again. Kirsty encounters Pinhead, Butterball, Chatter, and the Female Cenobite. Kirsty gives Pinhead the picture of Elliott Spencer and reminds them that they were all human at one time, until pain got the better of them. The Channard Cenobite arrives to capture Tiffany, while the remaining Cenobites all choose to protect Kirsty. Channard kills all the Cenobites (reverting them back to human form) and turns Pinhead's face into Elliott. Elliott smiles at Kristy and allows her to escape before succumbing to his death.

Tiffany decides to go back into Hell and finish what was started. Kirsty follows as well, but understands that it's all a puzzle. Tiffany attempts to solve the puzzle, but Channard interferes and attacks both girls. Kirsty retreats. As Channard proceeds to stalk Tiffany, Julia reappears and distracts him long enough for Tiffany to solve the puzzle. As he tries to kill Tiffany, the Channard Cenobite ends up decapitated. Tiffany goes over the edge, but Julia catches her and pulls her up (but not before it is revealed that Kirsty has disguised herself in Julia's skin. Both of them escape back to the hospital as the portal closes and they both leave the hospital.

Some time later, two movers attempt to pack up all of Channard's belongings before one notices the bloodied mattress. It kills him as the second mover enters the room. A pillar rises up and spins around, showing the dead Cenobite Pinhead as well as Julia, before stopping. The last head is revealed to be the same man from the first film, who ends the movie by asking: "What's your pleasure, sir?" (the same line the first film ends with.)


Actor/Actress Role
Clare Higgins Julia Cotton
Ashley Laurence Kirsty Cotton
Kenneth Cranham Dr. Philip Channard/Channard Cenobite
Imogen Boorman Tiffany
Sean Chapman Frank Cotton
William Hope Kyle MacRae
Doug Bradley Pinhead/Captain Elliot Spencer
Barbie Wilde Female Cenobite
Simon Bamford Butterball Cenobite
Nicholas Vince Chatterer/Chatterer II
Oliver Smith Mr. Browning/"Skinless" Frank
Angus MacInnes Detective Ronson
Deborah Joel "Skinless" Julia/"Skinless" Julia On Pillar
James Tillitt Officer Cortez
Bradley Lavelle Officer Kucich
Edwin Craig Wheelchair Patient
Ron Travis Workman 1
Oliver Parker Workman 2
Catherine Chevalier Tiffany's Mother
Geoffrey Portass Pinhead On Pillar
Little John Puzzle Guardian On Pillar
Pat Miller Butterball (Human Form) (unconfirmed) (as Patrick Miller)

Alternate screenplay

An alternate script with Kirsty's father Larry exists, written before the actor declined to reprise this role. [1] Dr. Channard was originally called Dr. Malahide.

Extended Version

The noticeable changes in the extended version are:

  • At the beginning of the film, when it shows a summary of the first film, the summary starts off with Frank being torn by hundreds of chains, then exploding, instead of Pinhead saying 'We'll tear your soul apart!'
  • At the beginning of the film, when Captain Elliott Spenser turns into Pinhead, shots of a knife cutting a grid into Pinhead's head are shown.
  • Additional shots of the deranged patient cutting himself with a razor blade are shown.
  • Doctor Channard's human death scene is slightly extended, with extra shots of the wires cutting through his face.
  • As Doctor Channard first appears in the hospital, a shot of a patient's severed hand is seen falling to the floor before Kirsty and Tiffany encounter the Cenobites.
  • An extra, longer shot of head being torn off is shown.

General trivia

  • Screenwriter Peter Atkins received hate mail from fans who were outraged that the Dr. Channard Cenobite could so easily kill Pinhead and the other three Cenobites from the original Hellraiser film. Atkins said it was because they had been "spiritually weakened" by Kristy reminding them they had previously been humans, while Channard had recently abandoned his humanity and was "in full Cenobitic glory". Atkins said, "I hasten to assure all true Pinhead fans out there that I too think in a smackdown contest between Pinhead and Channard, Pinhead would win."[1]
  • Dr. Channard's name in the script was Dr. Malahide. "Channard" is derived from Christiaan Bernard, who performed the world's first successful heart transplant.
  • Andrew Robinson refused to reprise his role as Larry Cotton, forcing hasty script rewrites. This partially accounts for the muddled story structure of the final film. But on the Hellraiser 20th Anniversary Edition featurette titled Mr. Cotton, I Presume? the truth of why he did not reprise his role as Larry Cotton is as he states "They didn't want to pay me as they did for Hellraiser, so I said forget it. And that was that."
  • Because of a neck accident, Kenneth Cranham only played the Channard Cenobite whilst floating for a single day. Stunt-man Bronco McLoughlin played the Channard Cenobite for the rest of the shoot in the long shots.
  • The horn sound that is continually made by Leviathan is Morse code for "God".
  • The head at the end of the movie that asks "What's your pleasure, sir?" is the head of the strange man who ate crickets at the pet shop in the first film. As he is asking the question in this film, his face has crickets walking around on it.
  • On the Hellbound: Hellraiser II 20th Anniversary Edition DVD, a new interview with actor Simon Bamford indicates that his character/villain Butterball cenobite originally had dialog. The lines would have been "Perhaps we prefer you," and "Impossible," if it were not for the fake teeth. In the final version, the lines were given to the Female Cenobite.
  • A few characters were dubbed over with American accents including Officer Cortez and Officer Kucich. Frank was only dubbed over with Canadian actor Bruce Ramsay in one of Kristy Cotton's flashbacks.
  • Actor William Hope praises this film as his best film ever, and the one he is most proud of. In an interview with Ana Maria Rousey, for the Enquirer, Hope said that it took him courage to play the part of Kyle, because he had the most difficult scene with actress Clare Higgins, where his character is humiliated and killed by Julia (Higgins). Hope explains that the scene itself was hard to make. The women from the crew were let go, and only few men were on the set. After filming wrapped, both actors (Higgins and Hope) were psychologicaly drained. Higgins hugged Hope and both cried.
  • For the kiss scene, when Julia holds a struggling Kyle and drains his blood, british actress Clare Higgins trained judo with Jimmy Pedro for two months, in preparation for the shot. After the filming, Higgins went on training Judo, and curiously fought at the Cheltenham Judo Cup of 1994 (she finished fourth place, having lost only two matches out of six).

Incomplete Scene

  • An image appeared on the back of the original VHS cover case with Pinhead & the Female Cenobite disguised as two doctors, leading people to believe it had been deleted. Doug Bradley revealed on his official website that the scene had never been completed nor filmed. When they came to shoot it the effects were not working, and they eventually decided to abandon the sequence. An on-set photographer took several pictures as a record of the day, but nothing was ever completed nor filmed.


  1. ^ Atkins, Peter. (2001) (Audio commentary). Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. [DVD]. Starz Media/Anchor Bay Entertainment.  

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