Hellbound does a lot of things right for a sequel. It picks up almost immediately after the end of the previous film, making it feel like the continuation of one big story. It also deepens the mythology and takes us to new places, by drawing back the curtain and letting us see the goings on in “hell” (or wherever it is the cenobites come from).
In spite of doing these things right, it’s not a great film, which I was sort of surprised to discover, because I remember feeling pretty positive about this one after seeing it originally. Mind you, I only ever saw it once, in the theatre, when I was 15 years old, so maybe that’s why.
Performances are weak, the sets and matte paintings look cheap, and the director seems weirdly obsessive about filming everything in close up, with the occasional extreme close up thrown in to mix things up a bit.