HELLBOUND - HELLRAISER II
Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham, Imogen Boorman
Creatures from Hell
are resurrected by the director of a psychiatric hospital.
traumatic events in Hellraiser
Kirsty Collins (Ashley Laurence) wakes up in a psychiatric hospital, under
the supervision of Doctor Channard (distinguished British character actor
Kenneth Cranham). Before long Channard has resurrected wicked stepmom
Julia (Claire Higgins) and they enter Hell, followed by Kirsty and
autistic puzzle-solver Tiffany (Imogen Boorman).
roller-coaster journey to Hell lacks the poetic atmosphere that Clive
Barker brought to Hellraiser, but more than compensates in the blood and gore
departments, creating a sequel which at least doesnít embarrass the film
that spawned it.
Region 2 DVD, from VCI
is very nicely presented, with animated menus, a widescreen (1.85:1)
transfer enhanced for 16:9 TVs, and a powerful stereo Dolby Digital sound
mix. The disc also contains a number of supplements, including a couple of
minutes of behind-the-scenes material, and about five minutes of
contemporary interviews. Three trailers are featured, but seem to have
been incorrectly mastered and have strange, phasey-sounding audio.
Thereís also a selection of about 35 stills (mostly portraits, but also
a few poster designs) which can be extracted for printing by DVD-ROM
users. Sadly the film itself is heavily edited. The theatrical version
released here was the same as the butchered MPAA R-rated one. Even more
cuts were made by the BBFC for its eventual release on video here, and
this version is almost five minutes shorter than the unrated American one.
version to get is the Region 1 Anchor
Bay version, which has a THX-approved transfer, a commentary track and a
featurette, Lost in the Labyrinth.