Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015) torrent download

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II

2015

Documentary

6.4

Synopsis

A documentary uncovering the history and the making of Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) films.

Director

Kevin McDonagh

Cast

Oliver Smith
as Narrator / Himself
Doug Bradley
as Himself
William Hope
as Himself

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael_Elliott N/A

Entertaining But a Bit Too Long

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015)

*** (out of 4)

This documentary from Kevin McDonagh is apparently out there in a couple different versions. Apparently one runs nearly eight hours long and the other, which is the one I watched, comes with the Scarlet Box from Arrow Video and runs around 210-minutes. Now I obviously can't comment on the "uncut" version but I must say that I'm not sure a film like HELLRAISER really needs four hours devoted to just it. Having watched the Arrow Video version, I can say that HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II really didn't need a two hour documentary on it.

I'm not going to list all of the people interviewed here because there are dozens and dozens on each movie. Actors, cinematographers, special effects artists, directors and others are all interviewed. Clive Barker is missing outside of some archival interviews but just about everyone else that you'd want to hear from are here and telling stories ranging from how they were hired to various production bits.

Look, if you'e a die-hard fan of HELLRAISER and its sequels then I'm sure you're going to love this. I enjoyed the first two movies but I'm just not sure I needed this much of a documentary. Many of the stories just weren't interesting enough to where they were needed and after so many of them you've got an extra long documentary that just drags at spots. I thought this was certainly the case with the two hours devoted to HELLBOUND.

Still, you have to respect the filmmakers for trying to deliver EVERYTHING to the fans of the film. Your level of being a "fan" will determine how much you enjoy this.

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 /10

Daunting Documentary

"Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II" is a feature length documentary uncovering the history and the making of Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" and "Hellbound: Hellraiser II" films.

First of all, the opening credits are a bit drawn out and I wish that wasn't the case. But the rest of the film makes up for that. In fact, the Arrow Video release is very extensive, and (as I understand it) was expanded to the point that it had to be turned into two documentaries. (The first half is 90 minutes and I assume the second half is similar.) Where this documentary excels is where it goes into great detail about the makeup and special effects, because this is what really makes "Hellraiser" stand out. Also, the coverage of the Coil music is awesome, because I don't know how many people know their work or knew they had anything to do with the film. (The Arrow set goes into much more detail on the Coil-Barker connection.)

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 5 /10

Watchable, albeit somewhat mundane...

I stumbled upon the 2015 documentary "Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II" here in 2021. And having been an avid horror fan since my childhood and having seen all of the "Hellraiser" movies, of course I had to sit down to watch this 2015 documentary from director Kevin McDonagh.

While "Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II" was watchable, it was not really a fulfilling documentary, as it didn't really offer all that much insight into the two movies. Sure, there were bits and pieces, but once the documentary ended, I felt somewhat cheated, as it didn't delve as deep into the world of the Cenobites and the macabre world of "Hellraiser" that Clive Barker conjured up.

"Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II" is certainly something for the fans of the franchise, in particular the first two movies. Which, hand on heart, were undoubtedly the two most enjoyable and entetaining of movies in the entire franchise.

There are some good interviews here with some of the cast from the movies as well as with production crew that worked on the movies. And they do offer some nice pieces of information that might not have been otherwise publicly known about the two movies.

I am rating "Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II" a bland five out of ten stars, as it wasn't really as informative or fulfilling as I had hoped it would be. Watchable, for sure, but not an outstanding documentary.

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