Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) – Episode 160 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“… 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.


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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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.