Anyway, the real issues start once they enter hell. The part with Frank is excellent, cementing Julia as the main antagonist, but before long, her death scene seems to come out of nowhere giving a bit of a weak finale to her character. I mean it seems like a strong wind killed her, which isn't a fitting demise for the new queen of hell. After all, we've still got 24 min left in the film at this point so they could've done more (but I know the budget was cut at the last minute).
That breeze gonna be the death of you.
Ignoring that it's not the best way to kill your key bad guy, it doesn't make much sense either since all of a sudden, a huge vertical slit magically appears down her back so then she can get sucked out of her skin despite moments earlier being able to move in the drafty corridor (people have said she didn't heal completely from her regeneration but still it's kind of a weak death scene that happens so suddenly without much of a setup). That whole sequence comes off a bit low budget since the whole killer breeze effect could be more convincing especially as Julia crawls against it using her two hands on the walls (plus, you know the actress is obviously standing upright... sorry I am nitpicking here) and no one is actually horizontal due to the strong force blowing them (which might be a necessity if it's going to be so strong to rip your antagonist out of her flesh) but where will they fly to anyway? It's not like they're hanging off the edge of a cliff or there's a wall of spikes at the end of the hallway. There's nothing but some light behind them and the really long tunnel. Is she going to take a carpet ride around the maze or something? And why would the entity of this place want to get rid of Julia if she's bringing it souls like it wants? Shouldn't the hero kill her aka Kirsty? That's pretty nice of hell to help them out like that. I wonder if this was the original death for Julia or if it was changed due to the budget slashing.
Wheeee, I'm flying somewhere but no one knows where or why! Wheeeeeeee, can't show this shot for too long or you'll realize this doesn't make much sense!
Of course, you can also complain about Dr. Channard's one-liners ("The doctor... is in!" "What was today's agenda? Ah yes, evisceration!" "Your case is closed, Tiffany! I'm afraid it's terminal!") but actually I kind of love those and they don't bother me anywhere near as much as Pinhead's lackluster demise. They could've had an epic cenobite vs. cenobite showdown. Instead Pinhead uses a few chains to hook Channard, which easily get broken, and then Channard slits Pinhead's throat after slaughtering the other cenobites who don't even fight back at all. It's a bit disappointing. If you're going to kill Pinhead and the cenobites, at least let them tear the shit out of each other first. Pinhead and the others should obviously be a lot more experienced and stronger than Channard. If there was a deeper idea or reason behind this like Channard had the full power of the Leviathan behind him or whatever, it should've been setup earlier in the film because this makes Pinhead look so inferior like a bad joke, and it's a shame too since Bradley does such a great job with the character even in that scene.
Kirsty likes to French cenobites.
But don't worry, I have more complaints (yep, this is what nerds on the internet do). Julia comes back except twist time! It's Kirsty wearing her skin! And that is a bit too absurd. For about a million reasons. Obviously, there's no way Kirsty could just put on Julia's skin and look exactly like Julia unless Kirsty was all bloody muscle too at the exact same size and height of Julia... yeah. Then there's the fact they show a Lament Configuration thingie that transformed Channard rising up behind Tiffany and then Julia/Kirsty comes out of there. But they don't actually show her exit it! That's true, but she enters from that side of the screen where there's just a ledge and they show the hallway entrance beside Tiffany in the same shot so you know Julia/Kirsty didn't come out of the hallway! So where could she have possibly come from? You mean to tell me she somehow magically got in that thing and wasn't turned into a cenobite? The only reason Julia/Kirsty enters from that side is to fake out the audience, but the way they show the hallway in the same shot and the way they set it all up makes it impossible that Julia/Kirsty didn't come out of there. Why was the Lament Configuration thingie rising up anyway? It wanted Tiffany? Then why does it magically disappear afterwards? Couldn't it reach out and get her with its monster arm thingies? Ok, let's ignore those two gripes. Don't forget Kirsty had to run all the way back to where the skin was, dress up in it (she doesn't have a mirror either to make sure it fits perfectly), run all the way back, somehow enter from the ledge side without using the hallway, etc. But say you buy that. Then Julia/Kirsty kisses Channard for like 20 min. Ok, it's not that long, but it actually is pretty damn long to makeout with a disgusting cenobite (Tiffany has to solve the other puzzle so it lasts quite a while even if they try to make it seem shorter but it's still long), and you'd think Kirsty would have a hard time doing the whole gross tongue thing with him (they clearly show a very involved French kiss) without him realizing she ain't Julia.
Cool effect if only it made more sense why this happened.
Then you get Channard's death, which is about as underwhelming as Julia's and Pinhead's. Keep in mind while Channard tries to kill Tiffany, Julia/Kirsty does nothing but watch. So Channard gets two his tentacle knife things stuck in the ground. You'd think the force of the other big tentacle thing attached to his head would be enough to pull the knife things out before ripping off Channard's head, but there's also the fact that you see earlier Channard has at least two tentacles that can come out of each of his palms for a total of four so he could use the other two to just sever the two stuck tentacles. But obviously, they had to kill him so they came up with a rather unbelievable way to do it (this movie really needs better villain death scenes). Why couldn't Kirsty or Tiffany actually find a way to kill Channard? It is cool the way Channard's head gets torn off, but it's just disappointing how it happens.
Black light isn't really scary.
And I didn't mention the Leviathan aka the lackluster giant thing in the sky with black light coming out of it that is supposed to be the ruler there or whatever. That leaves a lot to be desired. You couldn't try to create something a little bit more imaginative? I guess the cenobites help outweigh the underwhelming aspects of that (it's not really very cool or frightening although it is quite different in design from the cenobites), but still, the Leviathan could've been better. So yeah, what should have been the best part of the movie turns out to have some issues. But hey, I still love this film and I know there were some serious production problems so I shouldn't be so crazy critical. We all like to think filmmakers can do anything but there are always restraints: either time, money, or the studio screwing you over. I do think it's a great film regardless. It's very hard making films especially a sequel to a beloved classic and yet I think Hellbound is better in many ways than the original since Julia is great particularly her skinless scenes, Dr. Channard is an amazing addition, Kyle's death is awesome and surprising, etc. There's a lot to love in this film.