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Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

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Neil Marshall

Writers:

Andrew Cosby (screenplay by), Mike Mignola (based on the Dark Horse Comic Book "Hellboy" created by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Stanley ... Arthur
Brian Gleeson ... Merlin
Nadya Keranova Nadya Keranova ... Sister
Maria Tepavicharova Maria Tepavicharova ... Sister (as Mariya Tepavicharova)
Ana Tabakova ... Sister
Milla Jovovich ... Nimue / The Blood Queen
Penelope Mitchell ... Ganeida
Terry Randal Terry Randal ... Priest
Ian McShane ... Professor Broom
David Harbour ... Hellboy
Mario de la Rosa ... Esteban Ruiz / Camazotz
Christopher Mata Christopher Mata ... Referee
Atanas Srebrev ... Agent Madison
Dawn Sherrer Dawn Sherrer ... Agent Strode
Michael Heath ... Butler
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Storyline

Hellboy is a supernatural being who is the son of a fallen angel. He came to our world in 1944 as a result of a mystical ritual. The Occultists of the Third Reich had long tried to gain an advantage in the war, hoping to attract the ideal soldier to the ranks of the fascist army. Hellboy was exactly the one they needed, but they never managed to make their plans a reality. The demon from hell fell into the hands of Americans and began to serve them, protecting the world from mysterious threats. This time he is sent to England to meet face to face with Merlin's wife. Just a battle with the Blood Queen will lead to the end of the world, which the monster tried to avoid all his life. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | Bulgaria | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish | German | Russian

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,045,147, 14 April 2019

Gross USA:

$21,903,748

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,664,690
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2.39 : 1
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Insiders on the film told TheWrap about a series of disagreements that boiled over when the producers decided to replace Marshall's go-to cinematographer, Sam McCurdy. Other spats involved rehearsals, star David Harbour and the design of a tree, insiders said. Two people familiar with the situation said McCurdy was fired simply for doing what Marshall asked him to do, and that producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin were trying to send a message to Marshall that despite being the film's director, Marshall was not in charge. An attorney for Levin said that was not the case. "While my client will not comment on why Sam McCurdy was fired as that is a private matter, be advised that it was a group decision and it had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Mr. Levin supposedly sending any kind of 'message' to Neil Marshall," said the attorney, Martin Singer, in an email to TheWrap. In the same letter, Singer accused Marshall of encouraging this story. He said that based on TheWrap's questions about the production, this story appeared "to be shaping up as a puff-piece for Mr. Marshall while tarnishing 'Hellboy' and my client." "I respectfully decline to comment," Marshall told TheWrap. Gordon also declined to comment. See more »

Goofs

At the start when Hellboy has the spotlight shining on him near the wrestling ring, he has fairly smoothed off horn stumps. A few minutes later when he is drunk in the bar, he has very jagged horn stumps.

It is revealed that three weeks has passed between the wrestling match and the bar scene, allowing for both horn growth and a lack of filing down or cutting. See more »

Quotes

Ben Daimio: I thought we were supposed to be fighting monsters, not working with them.
Hellboy: Who are you calling a monster, pal? Have you looked in the mirror recently?
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Referenced in ITV News at Ten: Episode dated 29 August 2017 (2017) See more »

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The Devil You Know
Performed by X Ambassadors
Written by Sam Nelson Harris (as Sam Harris), Casey Harris & Adam Levin
Published by Kobalt
Courtesy of Universal Music Group
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Terrible Writing, Weird Directing and Awful CGI
20 April 2019 | by misho-29395See all my reviews

Watching this, it feels like a twelve-year-old wrote the screenplay by tacking together scenes that might look cool without giving any thought to what the dialog would sound like when spoken out loud by human beings. Ian McShane does his best to sound convincing, while some of the other actors don't seem to see the point in even doing that and it's hard to blame them. There are plot holes throughout and segments that make little-to-no sense and add nothing to the story, although would maybe look neat if the effects were any good. The whole thing generally feels like someone slapped together at least four or five stories and tried to turn them into a coherent whole, which wouldn't surprise me, although I don't know enough about the comics to say for certain.

I'm not sure where to place the blame for the awful pacing, but the movie is just unrelenting. There are times when things should wind down, but then it's just more noisy stuff happening. For example, at one point a character is in need of specialized medical attention and they find out it'll be a fairly-long and "treacherous" trek to get it. The character is then cured within 1-2 minutes of runtime, the trek portion being a few seconds of that, then we jump straight into some exposition, then we jump straight back to what we were doing before, presumably after a long and treacherous trek back that also happens instantaneously. To get an idea of how jarring this feels, imagine if Gandalf told Frodo about what it would take to destroy the ring and the next scene was at Mount Doom.

The direction is mostly just odd, and I have no idea if it's because the director couldn't figure out what was happening in the script or because someone was meddling with his work.

Finally, the CGI monsters look terrible. There are some impressive uses of practical effects, but the transitions between those and their CGI counterparts are blatant.


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