Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a direct continuation of the first Hellraiser film. Kristy Cotton (Ashley Lawrence) is fittingly now in an asylum called The Chanard Institute, after the events of Hellraiser. The Channard Institute’s head, Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham, Maleficent, A.D.: The Bible Continues), finds Kirsty’s story of a puzzle box able to open intra-dimensional doors intriguing. Being a collector of LeMerchand boxes himself, he’s looking for a way into hell. Channard has kept locked away in his institute a young girl named Tiffany in order to help Channard solve the puzzle box should he ever find it. We learn what lengths Dr. Channard will go to in order to achieve his ends in this very ambitious sequel. Continue reading
This is (of course), a re-watch. You can find my original review here.
The original Pumpkinhead was a no-nonsense, straight forward horror/fairy tale hybrid with a simple and entertaining story line. Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings is a convoluted mess that epitomizes the best and worst of direct to video 1990’s horror. Andrew Robinson (Hellraiser, Dirty Harry) was seemingly paid to chew the scenery as the films lead, Sheriff Braddock. Robinson’s overly melodramatic character spends most of the film acting with his eyebrows to show how he feels about a situation. As a veteran actor who can really bring it, it shows just how little he really cares about this film, and you can’t blame him. Continue reading
The evil Dr. Victor von Frankenstein is back, and up to more nefarious deeds in this Hammer sequel to Curse of Frankenstein. Having somehow gotten a lookalike Priest to die in his place during his execution at the end of the first film, Frankenstein has set up a new practice in Carlsbuck under the unassuming name of Dr. Stein. He’s made quite a good name for himself among the locals for treating the poor in the pauper’s hospital. It seems perhaps Dr. Frankenstein has changed, but we learn the truth after a young doctor named Hans Kleve recognizes Victor for his true identity and asks to be taken on as an apprentice. It turns out the pauper’s hospital is Frankenstein’s personal body harvesting field, and he’s building a new monster from the parts. Together they transplant the brain of a hunchback named Karl into the new body, with tragic results. Continue reading
Damien: The Omen II continues the diabolical tale of Damien Thorn, the infant introduced in The Omen who is destined to be the anti-christ. After the death of his adaptive father in The Omen, Damien has spent his formative years living with his uncle Richard (William Holden, The Wild Bunch). Now as an adolescent, opposing forces are fighting over Damien’s destiny. Continue reading
Hammer Studios came out with their updates of the Universal Horror icons in the late 1950s, and kicked off their reboots in 1957 with this film, The Curse of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing plays as the mad doctor Victor von Frankenstein and Sir Christopher Lee plays as The Monster. Unlike the Universal adaptation, or the novel, Curse of Frankenstein changes up the story by making Victor himself the villain. Continue reading
This was a re-watch. You can find my original review here.