Hellboy

Hellboy

Guillermo del Toro (2004)

116min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Blade II director Guillermo del Toro tackles another comic-book adaptation with this faithful take on Mike Mignola's unlikely superhero Hellboy. A visually appealing marriage of action, horror and romance, it's both intelligent and fun. In a wry and often poignant performance, Ron Perlman brings unusual depth to the titular character, a cigar-chomping demon intended by the Nazis for acts of evil, but instead raised by the Allies to be an agent of good. From his archenemy Rasputin (Karel Roden) to his pyrokinetic love interest (Selma Blair), every aspect of Hellboy's world is exotic and exciting. Though the film loses momentum towards the end, it's still a strong example of its genre.

Summary

A thwarted Nazi experiment lands the Allies with an unexpected visitor from another dimension in the form of a bright-red demon. A secretive US government agency fosters the little devil and he grows up to be its crucial weapon against the forces of darkness - but the re-emergence of the sinister wizard Rasputin proves a challenge even for him. Action fantasy based on the comic-book series, with Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair and Karel Roden.

Cast & Crew

Hellboy Ron Perlman
Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm John Hurt
Liz Sherman Selma Blair
Tom Manning Jeffrey Tambor
Grigori Rasputin Karel Roden
John Myers Rupert Evans (2)
Abe Sapien Doug Jones
Sammael Brian Steele
Kroenen Ladislav Beran
Ilsa Biddy Hodson
Agent Clay Corey Johnson
Director Guillermo del Toro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Edited for some of its violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Sep 2004
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