Based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola Guillermo del Toros gleefully eccentric film follows the supernatural adventures of Hellboy (Ron Perlman) a cigar-chomping horn-filing demonic hero enlisted by an occult scholar (John Hurt) to fight evil in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence. Along with the fire-throwing Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and the amphibious psychic Abe Sapien (Doug Jones with the voice of David Hyde Pierce) Hellboy is joined by new recruit John Myers (Rupert Evans) a squeaky-clean FBI agent assigned to keep the big red devils exploits in check. Things get out of hand however when a vicious monster is unleashed by the villainous Rasputin (Karl Roden) leading to events that may set off an apocalyptic nightmare for humanity. Echoing Peter Jacksons passion for THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy HELLBOY is a labour of love from del Toro a long-time fan of the comic and its creator. The directors enthusiasm shows since HELLBOY is a wondrously strange slice of pulpy adventure mixed with horror and humour and enhanced by stunning visual effects. In the title role (and lots of red makeup) Perlman is pitch-perfect giving the good-natured misfit a powerful yet surprisingly sensitive presence. Blair Evans Hurt and other actors are similarly well cast rounding out an ensemble intent on retaining the movies dark yet superbly entertaining tone.
Release Date: 19 March 2007
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: PCM 5.1
Running Time: 132 minutes
Production Year: 2004
Main Language: English
Dubbed Languages: Spanish
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
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