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“… trick us again child, and your suffering will be legendary even in Hell!” Talk about an extreme trick or treat! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Clive Barker’s versions of hell in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 160 – Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.IMDb
- Director: Tony Randel
- Writer: Clive Barker (story), Peter Atkins (screenplay)
- Clare Higgins as Julia Cotton
- Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton
- Kenneth Cranham as Dr. Phillip Channard/Channard Cenobite.
- Imogen Boorman as Tiffany
- Doug Bradley as Pinhead/Captain Elliot Spencer
- Nicholas Vince as Chatterer/Chatterer II
- Simon Bamford as Butterball
- Barbie Wilde as Female Cenobite
- Sean Chapman as Frank Cotton
- Oliver Smith as Mr. Browning/”Skinless” Frank
- William Hope as Kyle MacRae
- Deborah Joel as “Skinless” Julia/”Skinless” Julia on the pillar
Who doesn’t love them some Clive Barker? (If the answer is, “Me,” you best keep it to yourself.) The Grue-Crew for the Decades of Horror 1980s podcasts are enthralled with Mr. Barker and the Hellraiser franchise as well. In fact, Crystal thinks Hellbound: Hellraiser II might be better than Hellraiser, the first film in the franchise. Bill loves the practical effects, especially the skinless suit which he claims could never be as effective if rendered with CGI. Jeff gets off track (again!) with a somewhat lengthy discussion about the first appearance of Barker’s books in the U.S. Chad sees the first two Hellraiser movies as one story and loves how Hellbound: Hellraiser II features the Cenobites more prominently and delves a little into their background.
For the 80s Grue-Crew, Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a magical, must-see film! At this writing, it is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Shudder with the option to view it as an episode of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs and guests Ashley Laurence and Doug Bradley.
You will also find a discussion of Hellraiser (1987) on Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 113 from October 2017, hosted by Thomas Mariani, Christopher G. Moore, and Doc Rotten. Check it out!
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The film for their next episode is Burial Ground (1981), chosen by Chad, … and you know what that means.
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