i saw hellbound: hellraiser 2 last night. it was actually really good, i liked it a bit more than hellraiser 1. the film's vision of hell was really cool, and having more expanded lore on the cenobites is also cool. i like how my theory of the cenobites being these sort of...avatars of extreme hedonism turned out to be right on the money. like...all of the people who we see getting turned into or are currently cenobites have either sadistic or masochistic tendencies, so the pain element is ramped up for the fiction. i feel like other cenobites must exist who aren't as cranially kinky as pinhead or the channard cenobite, though knowing it's a clive barker universe i'm pretty sure that every
single cenobite looks like they walked out of a kink club.
the plot was...okay, it allowed you to explore the universe more and it's cool to see kirsty...at least attempting to keep a handle on herself while also making sure that no horrors from the kink dimension don't leak into the real world. like...i do need to shout out kirsty a bit, because she's gone through this shit before and yet she flings herself back into hell just because she thinks her dad is trapped there. also she manages to out-think a lot of the people in the plot, so she's always kinda in control of her situation. she's a pretty well written strong female protagonist while not falling into any of the clichés that the term usually comes with.
finally, the other thing that really stood out to me was leviathan, the god of the deep. the humming that translates to god in morse-code is a clever little touch, but it's weird black...trauma beam for lack of a better term is just...so weird and i think it speaks a bit to how clive barker views the world. also i...i dunno but for a horror movie made in the late 80s, i think the effects all still hold up decently. like, leviathan looks cheap, but he could have been shit-awful really easily. speaking of effects, all of the practical gore and make-up effects are incredibly
on-point. like, the skinless version of julia is a really amazing full-body make-up that sits on this fantastic edge between grotesque and beautiful. i know that sounds a little creepy, but the sheer attention to detail with all the muscle groups and tendons in the make-up is really beautiful, it's got this medical accuracy to it that's stunning.
all in all, i'd say the film is a 7.25 out of 10. it had its flaws, like how the movie really feels like the victim of constant budget cuts, the way the ending resolves which is retarded as fuck, or the fact that the writing is really inconsistent quality-wise. like, it feels a bit like the version of the story that we got was at least two different things before it became the finished product. learning a bit about the production history sorta confirmed those feelings, but all in all the finished product manages to have an identity all of it's own.
fugg, didn't mean to write a textwall. or spoiler this pic...smh.
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