Hellraiser/Hellbound: Hellraiser II [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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  • Release Date: 09/03/2013
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (25 out of 25)

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Horror fantasist Clive Barker, director of the original Hellraiser, maintained creative control over this worthy sequel as executive producer, but was unable to occupy the director's chair due to his involvement on other projects. His creative touch is still quite evident here, as the original film's story is expanded in scope and intensity. The story picks up immediately after the events of the original, with the mentally unbalanced Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) confined to a mental hospital after her experiences in the hellish domain of the grotesque Cenobites, which included the gruesome death of her father. Her case attracts the attention of hospital director Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham), whose marked interest in her story has more than a little to do with his research into the occult. The chief focus of this extracurricular activity seems centered on his impressive collection of puzzle boxes, many of which are versions of the Lament Configuration -- the device which opens the gateway to the Cenobites' dimension. To further realize his diabolical obsession, Channard conducts grisly human sacrifices to resurrect the body of Kirsty's evil stepmother, Julia (Clare Higgins) -- who has literally been through hell and back. He also recruits mute autistic patient Tiffany (Imogen Boorman), an expert at solving puzzles, to decipher the correct version of the box. Haunted by visions of her mutilated father suffering in hell, Kirsty joins Tiffany in hopes of rescuing him from the Cenobites' dimension. Tiffany gains them access to the portal, and they make the nightmarish journey down the corridors of hell. Narrowly escaping the diabolical Pinhead (Doug Bradley), they come face to face with Julia, who has already handed Dr. Channard over to the Cenobites to be transformed into a hideous new creation. First-time director Tony Randel acquits himself nicely, and seems to have a real flair for the surreal material; the script by longtime Barker collaborator Peter Atkins elaborates on elements only hinted at in its predecessor. It should follow that the slightly larger budget would allow ample room for this expansion, but the production values actually appear somewhat slimmer. What the film lacks in refined style it makes up for in utter dementia, particularly in its depiction of graphic bloodletting -- numerous scenes were trimmed or deleted altogether in order to obtain an R rating from the MPAA. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Hellraiser
The feature-film debut of multi-talented filmmaker Clive Barker, this grim and surreal project is based on the writer/director's own novella The Hell-Bound Heart. The film opens with a chilling prologue in which globe-trotting pervert Frank (Sean Chapman) -- a connoisseur of sexual depravity seeking the ultimate sensual experience -- purchases a small, intricate puzzle box from an unseen dealer in an unspecified country. Upon solving the puzzle, Frank opens the door to a hellish alternate universe and is promptly torn to ribbons by a network of hooks and chains; his strewn body parts are subsequently collected by the Cenobites -- grotesque, S & M-clad denizens of hell. The story continues several years later, when Frank's brother, Larry (Andrew Robinson), moves into Frank's abandoned house with his daughter, Kirsty (Ashley Laurence), and his new wife, Julia (Clare Higgins). An accident causes some of Larry's blood to spill on the attic floor, which somehow triggers Frank's hideous resurrection. His body only half-composed, Frank seeks the tacit assistance of Julia -- with whom he had once had a torrid sexual liaison -- in restoring him to human form. Still secretly in love with Frank, Julia assists him by seducing men from the town and bringing them back to the house so her undead lover can drain their bodies of blood. Her increasingly furtive behavior arouses the suspicions of Kirsty, who had already moved to an apartment to get away from her despised stepmother. After following Julia and her next potential victim home, Kirsty comes face to face with the still-incomplete Frank, narrowly escaping with her life...and with the puzzle box. After losing consciousness, Kirsty awakens in the hospital, where she manages to solve the box's intricate mechanism and summon a trio of Cenobites -- including their apparent leader (played by Doug Bradley and dubbed "Pinhead" on subsequent sequels) -- who are prepared to claim her. In desperation, Kirsty offers them a bargain in which they agree to spare her soul if she leads them to Frank. Kirsty soon returns home to find Julia with her father...whose behavior has become disturbingly unnatural. Realizing that her father has become Frank's latest victim -- and that her uncle is now walking around in his brother's skin -- Kirsty hands Frank over to the Cenobites, who have particularly evil plans for their old friend. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Clare Higgins
    Clare Higgins - Julia
  • Ashley Laurence
    Ashley Laurence - Kirsty Cotton
  • Kenneth Cranham
    Kenneth Cranham - Dr. Channard
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    Imogen Boorman - Tiffany
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    Sean Chapman - Uncle Frank



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Even Though Dated, Still A Big Fan

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    tripplesix
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    So I love the Hellraiser movies. They are different. Since I bought a double feature dvd, I didn't expect much in the way of features. Actually, I expected none, but I couldn't find a copy of the first one anywhere and since there was a blu ray available, I skipped looking for a dvd. I do however own Hellbound - Hellraiser 2 on DVD, which comes with some features. I uploaded a pic to see the features list; like I said you don't get this on THIS specific double feature release. Make your own decisions. Hopefully a reasonably priced proper blu ray will be released with features and all, one day. If not, so be it. Peace.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    LandonInChains
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    If you have seen Hellraiser 1 and 2 this is definitely a great buy. You can't go wrong with Blu Ray. If you haven't seen these (like I haven't, surprising I know. I love horror movies) it is still most likely a great buy! I really enjoyed them. Will be watching the other ones tonight on Netflix!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Double Feature

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    AndyB
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    This movie used to scare the heck out of me as a kid and I was happy to add them to my horror collection. These are the only He**raiser movies that are good. The sensor wont even let me post the name of the movie it's so scary!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Horror Classic

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    AJ11
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    If you love slashers like Michael, Jason, or Freddy, then you are going to love Pinhead and the Hellraiser franchise. It is a little more gory than mentioned slashers but is still great nonetheless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great 2fer

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    MikePags2
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    These are the best two Hellraiser films and both are horror classics. The other films in this series do not come near the quality of these two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bundle

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    Dave
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    This movie bundle played great on big tv the second movie came with the unrated version just as scary and enjoyable as the first time i watched it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bluray disc

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    STauser
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    Nice to get these tow movies on a bluray set, the only two good hellraiser movies. The transfer is okay, would love to have a good digital remaster of these flicks but....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cant go wrong with Hellraiser

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    Saitou
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    Got this for my horror movie collection that I break out of Halloween, and could no longer watch on Netflix. It's as it says, both of the classic Hellraiser movies

    I would recommend this to a friend



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