At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
At the end of World War II, Nazi officers Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (Ladislav Beran) and Ilsa Haupstein (Biddy Hodson) start an experiment to raise the forces of Hell trough Russian dark mystic Rasputin (Karel Roden) on a Scottish island, but it's interrupted by an allied commando guided by professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm (Kevin Trainor). He prevents killing the human-demonic half-blood, which was accidentally created and raises this "Hellboy", while rising to head of a secret C.I.A.-linked U.S. agency Bureau of Paranormal Research, which secretly studies and uses the occult, including supernatural freaks. As "father" Broom (Sir John Hurt) is aging, he hand-picks brilliant, sensitive Agent John Myers (Rupert Evans) as new minder-companion, as regular "warrior" Agent Clay (Corey Johnson) can't empathize and lacks flexibility mental. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) is quite a handful, regularly spotted by worried civilians on unauthorized excursions, especially to pyro-telekinetic freak friend ...Written by
In 2012, Ron Perlman once again endured the four-hour make-up routine required to transform him into Hellboy. Not for a sequel, or other acting job, but to fulfill the Make-A-Wish request of a six-year-old boy named Zachary who had leukemia. Creature effects house Spectral Motion applied Perlman's Hellboy make-up (and later, made up Zachary as Hellboy as well), and then Zachary got to spend the day hanging out with "Hellboy". See more »
In the subway station fight, Hellboy fights the monster as the train comes into the station and leaves again. In a shot a minute later, the monster swings its arm at Hellboy and the reverse shot shows the train passing behind Hellboy again. However, in shots before and after, there was no second train on the heels of the first that passes by for a split second. The shot must have been moved from the prior sequence. See more »
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm:
What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, a classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic, they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of ...
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The film title is formed from a cathedral passageway, accompanied by documents of Hellboy's sightings. See more »
The Hellboy 3-disc director's cut DVD is ten minutes longer. (132 minute director's cut versus 122 minute regular version). Restores a few deleted/extended scenes back into the movie. See more »
Hellboy is a fascinating monster character from the creation of Mike Mignola's of the Dark Horse comic series. This supernatural spectacle movie by Guillermo de Toro is brazenly directed which moves fluidly with full vigour and rich characters.
What makes Hellboy work is the magnetism of the character itself. Underneath the reddish grotesque prosthetic makeup is Ron Perlman; whose wonderful acting with a touch of delicacy and monstrous charm delivers a hero with knack for humour and a flair for showmanship.
Other notables include the benevolent father-figure Professor Broom (John Hurt), who raised Hellboy since his bizarre birth. Then there is Liz Sherman, a pyro-kinetic beauty aptly played by Selma Blair with an uncontrollable gift to start fires. One other exceptional freak is Abe Sapien(Doug Jones), a fish-man with telepathic powers. Finally, to round up the cast is an FBI agent John Myers (Rupert Evans), a straight-arrow with a tendency to be jittery and sceptical. Collectively, all the aforementioned characters are the various inhabitants of the secretive Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
Hellboy here is faced with battling Rasputin (Karel Roden) an evil mad monk who wants to ignite the trapped demons of evil force and in order to succeed he needs to beckon back Hellboy to the dark side. This is orchestrated by unleashing villainous creatures that are fairly interesting as well. Rasputin brings along his own cohorts with zombie-like Nazi soldier Kroenan (Ladislav Beran) and sexy Illsa (Biddy Hodson) as they attempt to bring the demon god to Earth.
The subject matter is interesting enough despite a skeletal storyline that it doesn't require a full scrutiny. It is Guillermo del Toro's exquisitely realized vision for the film that dominates it for the most part. Even though the pacing at times may drag but it nevertheless succeeds on being entertaining and is also visually stunning to look at.
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