Hellbound: Hellraiser II begins where the first movie left off. Kirsty is held in a mental hospital after the police discover the grisly scene at the house. She tries to tell them about the Cenobites and what happened but the police don't believe her and instead leave her in the hands of Doctor Phillip Channard. During the night Kirsty wakes up to screaming and voices. She sees a bloodied figure write "I am in hell, Help me." on the wall in blood and believes it to be her father reaching out to her. She tells Channard the entire story of what happened at the house. Channard leaves her in the hands of his assistant Kyle.
Channard then steals the bloody mattress from Kirsty's house and brings it back to his home. Kyle follows Channard after overhearing a phone conversation about the mattress. Inside Channard's house Kyle discovers that he is obsessed with the puzzle boxes and has multiples. Kyle witnesses Channard bring back a patient and hand him a blade. The patient starts to cut at his skin with the knife while bleeding into the mattress. A fleshless figure appears from the mattress and strangles the patient. The figure is revealed to be Julia back from the dead. Channard provides more corpses for Julia to use to regenerate and she slowly gains back her skin.
Kyle runs back to the hospital and tells Kirsty what he saw and that he now believes her. They both head back to Channard's house. Inside Kyle runs into Julia not knowing who she is. She attacks him and uses him to fully regenerate. Kirsty then runs in and discovers the newly healed Julia. Channard also comes back in with another patient Tiffany a young woman who doesn't talk but likes solving puzzles. He hands her a puzzle box and Tiffany unknowingly opens up the gates to the Cenobite dimension. The Cenobites appear but do not harm Tiffany since she was just used as a pawn. Julia walks Channard through the hell dimension and shows him a MC Escher Labyrinth. She tricks him and pushes him into a box that transforms him into a Cenobite.
Tiffany and Kirsty explore the hallways of the hell dimension looking for an escape. Kirsty encounters what she believes to be her father's house and that her father is still alive. It turns out to be a trick and the person who sent the message was really Frank who now rules over his own room in hell constantly tormented. Kirsty burns down the room and engulfs Frank in flames. Julia enters and rips Frank's heart out killing him for good. Kirsty and Tiffany escape back into the hospital where they encounter the Cenobites. Kirsty tries to plead with them and reminds them that they were once humans.
The newly formed Cenobite Channard comes in and attacks Kirsty and Tiffany but the other Cenobites try to protect them. Channard kills them all reverting them back to their human form including one revealed to be a child. Tiffany and Kirsty use this as a distraction and escape. However Tiffany wants to go back to hell to finish it once and for all. She attempts to solve the puzzle box but Channard attacks her. Julia comes back and distracts Channard long enough for Tiffany to complete the box. Channard knocks Tiffany off a bridge but Julia catches her and brings her up. It is then revealed that Kirsty was just wearing Julia's skin to distract Channard. They both escape back to the hospital.
Well the ideas the movie has about pain, pleasure, different dimensions, and hell are all interesting once again they fail to be really explored in any meaningful way. The movie does move along more quickly than the original but it comes dangerously close to being a predictable slasher film, thankfully it never crosses over. There's a lot of moments in the movie, much like the first one, that scream "Look this is edgy!". Particularly the whole scene with Frank where his torment is women covered in thin sheets that he can never sleep with. There's also a bunch of random images of maggots or gore to shock the audience but it just feels cheap. The scares and the thrill come from the sense of being trapped and eternally tormented not from the gore.
Also the entire premise of the Cenobites actually being humans cheapens their entire existence and makes them significantly less frighting. Their effectiveness is further diminished by them attempting the save Kirsty and Tiffany after being reminded of their humanity. It feels out of place for a movie like this and borders on friendship is magic levels of corniness.
Thankfully the movie is entertaining as hell, no pun intended. The characters are interesting, it's cool to see the plot continued (although and anthology would also have been sweet), everything feels expanded upon, and things actually happen in this movie before it's almost completely over. It ends up being miles ahead of it's predecessor. It still has a lot of issues, many carried over from the first movie, but in the end it manages to over come them. It's not a great movie by any means, but it's entertaining and at the very least visually interesting. It's (Hell)bound to please.