1988 New World Pictures
Most of the original cast returned for this go round with the notable exception of Andrew Robinson who declined to return as Larry Cotton. His decision not to return caused rewrites in the screenplay that definitely hurt the end product. I read the second draft of the screenplay and I have to say its too bad Larry’s character was written out. He didn’t have a huge part in the movie but his absence definitely makes the story a little jumpy near the end. There is just too much going on and with Larry’s scenes trimmed or altered it all moves a little too quickly and throws the rhythm out of whack. Also it’s clear the budget was not adequate to properly portray the Leviathan and the Channard Cenobite as the screenplay intended. On the whole I think this is a pretty good sequel that comes up a little short in the last half hour or so.
The death of Captain Elliot and the other Cenobites was very well done. It’s too bad they couldn’t leave well enough alone and let these characters rest in peace. But of course Pinhead proved to be very popular and another sequel was in the works in no time at all. The secondary Cenobites in the sequels were never as good as the original four.
Awesome music by Christopher Young. He really ratchets up the intensity and improves upon his already good music from the first Hellraiser.
Julia seems to have trouble absorbing the blood of her victims; they still seem juicy when she’s done with them. Frank’s victims were pretty well dried out when he was done with them.
The new female Cenobite looks too dainty and feminine. She’s almost cute.
Chatterer just looks wrong with eyes but if they had to change the makeup they could at least have kept the scene in the final cut explaining his change in appearance.
The Channard Cenobite was just annoying and way too strong. Of course his strength was better explained in the screenplay.
Who built Hell and the Leviathan? The Engineer?
The walls are very bouncy in hell. I think they could have hidden the fact it wasn’t real stone just a little better.
How can you die in Hell if you’re already dead? Are you even deader?
How long has Julia been dead, a few days? She seems pretty familiar with the layout of Hell for being dead only a short time.
There was a scene in the screenplay showing Tiffany escaping the Institute and running into a hall of mirrors at a circus nearby. It explained a little better why she encountered the demented hall of mirrors in Hell.
I’m so glad they didn’t use the original ending where Julia rises out of the mattress.