The sequel to any successful horror movie is very important. It can either make or break a hopeful franchise. FRIDAY THE 13Th went badass, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE went over the top but still fun, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD went legendary, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET went gay, CRITTERS went Critterball, SCREAM went poopy, THE EXORCIST went mindfuck and HELLRAISER went to Hell.
Starting off where the original left off, we find Kirsty in a mental institution. A mental institution ran by a psychopath who's obsessed with the Cenobite puzzle box!!! Satan Christ this chick can't catch a break! Stuff happens and next thing you know Kirsty, another girl from the hospital, Julia from the first film and the crazy doctor are all in Hell hanging out with Pinhead and Friends. And let me tell you Hell is one wacky place. It kind feels like a Freddy Krueger dreamworld.
I don't know what the budget is (considering Part 1 only brought in $14m I can't imagine it wasn't too much), but whatever it was this story is ambitious and surprisingly it looks pretty good. The hospital is creepy and Hell is pretty fucked up. A lot of people probably think the "Doctor" cenobite looked cheesy, but I thought he was kinda cool the way he flew around grimacing and talking shit while shooting eyeball-razer-snakes out of his hands. What a weirdo.
Not the greatest hellraiser that ever did hellraise, but it's an entertaining watch and it answers the question as to where that sample on Aborted's "Meticulous Invagination" came from. Recommended even though I wish Pinhead had more screen time.
Part 1 - Hellraiser
Part 3 - Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Part 4 - Hellraiser: Bloodline
Part 5 - Hellraiser: Inferno
Part 6 - Hellraiser: Hellseeker
Part 7 - Hellraiser: Deader
Part 8 - Hellraiser: Hellworld
Part 9 - Hellraiser: Revelations