Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II ★★½

Hellraiser II is not nearly as good as I'd remembered it, failing as a worthy sequel by trying to explain too much (Do the Cenobites need a backstory? Are they not more frightening creatures the less we know about them?) and overreaching in terms of what the F/X people could do visually (the practical effects are great for the most part, but many of the pre-CGI matte scenes look cheap and old-fashioned, and the green screen work is shoddy). But hey, at least it's better than Hellraiser III.