Fortunately the inevitable follow up to Clive Barker's Hellraiser remained true to the vision and proved to be an equally potent and macabre experience in its own right. Where the first film dealt with the human condition, Hellbound explores the flip-side and all that Hell has to offer. The greater part of the movie takes place in the labyrinths of Hell with Kirsty returning to find her father, who had been taken in the previous movie. Hellbound isn't as original as Hellraiser and it owes a lot to the surrealistic influence of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The gore is excessive (nice) and its a dark and drab looking film. The late film critic Ivan Hutchinson once likened watching Hellbound to visiting an abattoir... he nailed it. Adding some depth to the story is an interesting subtext involving the origins of Pinhead himself. Obviously recognizing the potential of a movie monster icon, writing Peter Atkins and Clive Barker began to flesh his character out and his human counterpart is developed even further in the next installment. Hellbound is a sequel that didn't need to be made but is fortunately a fantastic exercise in the darker side of cinema all the same.