Hellboy II: the Golden Army

  • 12
  • Guillermo del Toro (2008)
  • US / Ger
  • 114 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Director Guillermo del Toro's mastery of fantasy film-making and his understanding of the multi-faceted richness of the genre guides this sequel to visually imaginative and intricately detailed heights. This time our florid superhero Hellboy (Ron Perlman) must thwart the renegade elf prince Nuada (Luke Goss), who will stop at nothing (even killing his own father) to awaken the fabled indestructible Golden Army and conquer the human realm. Imbued with the ornate gothic fairy-tale style and emotional resonance of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, the film effortlessly marries dry wit and unnerving creepiness. Epic in breadth and ambition while still retaining its gentle soul, this army of golden images is another sublime example of superior myth-making from a master of the art.

Plot Summary

Horror fantasy adventure starring Ron Perlman and Selma Blair. Renegade elf prince Nuada returns from exile determined to end the ancient truce between humans and the people of the mystical realm. But when Nuada arrives in New York to acquire a magical crown that will give him control of the fabled Golden Army, Hellboy and his colleagues in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense find themselves in a battle to save the world.

Cast and crew


Ron Perlman
Professor Broom
John Hurt
Liz Sherman
Selma Blair
Tom Manning
Jeffrey Tambor
Abe Sapien
Doug Jones
Johann Krauss
John Alexander
Johann Krauss
James Dodd
Johann Krauss
Seth MacFarlane
Prince Nuada
Luke Goss
Princess Nuala
Anna Walton
King Balor
Roy Dotrice


Guillermo del Toro

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Aug 2008
Certificate 12
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd