Guillermo del Toro (2004)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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
Liz Sherman Selma Blair
Professor Trevor `Broom' Bruttenholm John Hurt
Grigori Rasputin Karel Roden
Tom Manning Jeffrey Tambor
John Myers Rupert Evans
Abe Sapien Doug Jones
Voice of Abe Sapien David Hyde Pierce
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-ray