Clive Barker Podcast’s Scene of the Week
On this edition of Clive Barker Podcast’s Scene of the Week, I’ve chosen a controversial moment from Hellbound: Hellraiser II that has divided many fans over the years. The part in question is the scene between the Cenobites and the newly crowned ‘Prince of Hell’ Dr. Channard. To be frank, he takes them out way to fast and it’s understandable why many fans are still disappointed about it.
I’ve always had mixed feelings on the scene, but at the same time I believe there’s a lot more going on underneath the surface. I’m glad the scene turned out the way it did. A typical action scene would’ve been boring. It’s obvious that the Cenobites are mentally weakened by Kirsty’s revelation that they were all human, particularly their leader Pinhead. In those brief moments, he’s a shadow of his former self which causes his cohorts to let their guard down as well. This gives Channard the extra leverage he needs to defeat them.
For me the scene works because of Doug Bradley’s performance. He took something that could’ve come off as silly and made it work beautifully. He might be a monster, but we’re able to feel sympathy for him. That’s one of the main reasons I love Hellbound so much more than the first movie.