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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  11 July 2008 (USA)
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The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johann Krauss / Bethmoora Goblin
Johann (voice)
Wink / Cronie / Spice Shop Troll / Cathedral Head / Fragglewump
Andrew Hefler ...
Agent Flint
Agent Steel
Mike Kelly ...
Agent Marble
Jeremy Zimmermann ...


In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity's existence. Written by ctfabian

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Saving the world is a hell of a job See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hellboy 2  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,539,115 (USA) (11 July 2008)


£7,379,488 (UK) (19 September 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is the second time that Ron Perlman and Luke Goss have worked together, the first being Blade 2. See more »


When Hellboy punches the big troll in the market, he hits him from below with an uppercut, yet the troll goes flying straight back after going up only a short ways. Depending on where Hellboy struck him, he should've either gone straight up or up at an angle and then down at an angle. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: My son, would you turn off that wretched puppet, and brush your teeth?
Young Hellboy: Don't call him a puppet!
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: I beg your pardon?
Young Hellboy: He's not a puppet! Howdy Doody's real!
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: Well, Mr. Dee-dee Doo-doo will have to say good night.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The film's title is formed out of red-hot metal by clockwork machinery. See more »


Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht
Written by Johannes Brahms
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Visually it's outstanding, Mentally it's mediocre
12 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Del Torro's imagination is a beautiful thing. He has created some of the most fascinating creatures that traditional Hollywood doesn't have the guts or inclination to ever assemble. I would take Guillmero Del Torro in the director's chair any time any place, but Hellboy II shows that he is not without his flaws. Ron Perlman who is terrific as Hellboy doesn't have anything truly interesting to say or do, the world around him is magical but the plot isn't.

Hellboy is the most unique character to appear in your comic book shop. The mythology and the character are such the opposite of the main stream and to Hellboy II's credit so is this movie. Ron Perlman doesn't deliver catch phrases or gun down bad guys for the sake of doing so. He is an interesting character but he is overshadowed by this lackluster plot and the world around it. I felt as if we didn't see enough of Big Red or maybe we did we just didn't get to see the most of the talents. Del Torro constantly wants to remind you that he directed Pan's Labyrinth because visually the creatures look like they were leftovers from that film. I don't mind this per say but these characters just don't have much to do, they are there really to look at rather than them having significance. Visually I can't complain about them because they are amazing but they serve little purpose to the story.

The plot is really the weakest thing this movie has going for it. I felt it took too many liberties against the original concepts of Hellboy. Hellboy is a creature alive in our world, Del Torro tries to tell us that our world is nothing more than a division of fantasy and reality. Well we spend too much time in the fantasy that we forget the fact that this Golden Army is a threat to reality. The villain Prince Nuada is weak, we don't see any method to his madness other than the fact that the plot dictates that he be the antagonist. In the first film and to a lesser degree this one we were given details about why Hellboy has faith in humanity and would chose not to serve his purpose. It's interesting because we are given glimpses of what could have been something that could have added real teeth and tension to the story, for the first time Hellboy is tempted by evil, weakly tempted but tempted nonetheless. This mental struggle could have given our actors the chance to show their talent but instead the filler between the action scenes is just okay at best.

I didn't hate Hellboy II I just think it needed some beef in it's story. Del Torro has shown us he is a master storyteller but this time he didn't focus on the story it's self. I would recommend this film but I know Del Torro can and has done much better.

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