[Castle of Horror] ‘Hellbound: Hellraiser II’ Paved Way For Female-Centered Horror Series That Never Was

This week we continue our Hellraiser series, with the  1988 film Hellbound: Hellraiser II, produced by Clive Barker and directed by Tony Randel.

This film followed quickly on the heels of the first film, so it’s interesting to see where the producers thought the series was going to go as opposed to where they found themselves going once the fan embrace of the demonic Pinhead became clear (and their proposed star decided she wanted out.) In this film, Clare Higgins plays the Queen of the Hellscape whence come the cenobites, and it’s a delightfully malevolent performance. Higgins didn’t want to be a horror mainstay, but it’s fun to imagine a long series with the Queen at the center.

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