Hellboy

Hellboy

4.1 47
Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair

     
 

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Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a… See more details below

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Overview

Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Under Broom's tutelage, the creature develops empathy and a desire to do good while his physical powers and paranormal talents are honed to a fine point. Sixty years later, the demon, now known as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is part of an elite secret defense team alongside Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a beautiful young woman who can create fire with her mind, and Abe Sapian (Doug Jones), an aquatic humanoid with the power of telepathy. Despite his many years of fighting for right, Hellboy finds himself facing his greatest challenge when the powerful Rasputin returns, determined to bring the demon back to the forces of darkness so that evil may finally rule the world. Hellboy's supporting cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans, and Brian Steele.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The stylish direction of Guillermo del Toro makes this colorful adaptation of Mike Mignola's graphic novel a lot more entertaining than it might have been in less capable hands. The principal character, after all, isn't just some costumed do-gooder; he's a supernatural being whose origin is considerably less benign than that of the average comic-book crime fighter. Hellboy (portrayed by Ron Perlman), a genuine spawn of the netherworld, is found in the waning days of World War II by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), who also looks after other mutants kept safe from prying eyes in a secret compound. When the reincarnated Grigori Rasputin -- yes, that Rasputin -- unleashes long-suppressed demonic forces against America, the FBI enlists Hellboy's aid in combating the inhuman creatures doing the evil mesmerist's bidding. Perlman, having played bestial characters before, brings much-needed warmth and humor to Hellboy. He's well supported by Hurt and Selma Blair, properly enigmatic and more than a little wistful as Liz Sherman, whose pyro-kinetic abilities make her dangerous to be around. Doug Jones, totally unrecognizable in makeup and prosthetics, turns in a fine performance as Abe Sapien (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), the half-man/half-fish who aids Hellboy when the FBI comes calling. Very much like the comic books it brings to life, Hellboy pulsates with energy and teems with dynamic visual effects. While the film has wry, humorous moments, it never condescends to its audience. That's more than can be said for many comic-book movies; and for that, del Toro deserves considerable credit.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Completely original and stunningly realized, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy is a masterstroke of awe-inspired entertainment that sparkles with bold storytelling that dares to go where no monster movie has gone before. Adapted from the original Hellboy comic miniseries The Seed of Destruction, the film takes creator Mike Mignola's dynamic graphic style and molds it into its own cinematic marvel, using a color palette that explodes around one of the strangest lead characters ever brought to the screen. However dark his origins might be, Hellboy (as brilliantly embodied by Ron Perlman) fits the American action-hero role to a T; full of witty one-liners and the first to fearlessly jump into the fray, the character is immediately personable and a perfect fit for the kind of bigger-than-life heroes to which people have flocked for years. What's wonderful, too, is that there's an incredible amount of heart to this beast -- in fact, to the whole film. When the movie's not wowing you with its stellar production design or thrilling you with its wall-to-wall action, the filmmakers have instilled real emotion into a story line that, for all good measure, probably wouldn't have been this juicy if it were not for del Toro. Bringing a loving humanity to each of this film's strange clique of characters isn't something that any storyteller would just pull out of their hat for a flick like this, which is all the more reason to soak it up here. For your buck, you not only get over-the-top action, but also a comical adventure that's based around a gothic tale of love and belonging (oh yes, with a whole lot of Lovecraftian horror for good measure). If that sounds like a little too much, don't worry, because all of those pieces only fit together only for the sake of pleasing you, the viewer. With a genuinely quirky score from Marco Beltrami that thankfully strays far away from Danny Elfman's recent cut-and-paste superhero jobs, Hellboy in every way looks, feels, and sounds completely different from anything else out there. If ever Hollywood had the cards stacked against it while selling a comic book idea to general audiences, this is it. The fact that it works is unbelievable. The fact that it's as fun as it is makes it that much more satisfying.
Washington Post - Richard Harrington
Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
One of those rare movies that's not only based on a comic book, but also feels like a comic book. It's vibrating with energy, and you can sense the zeal and joy in its making.
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
So forget about taking anyone under 12. But if you want to see what a benign demon looks like when he's eating nachos and unwinding to Al Green, this is the movie for you.
Slate - David Edelstein
Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker who has a kind of metabolic connection to horror and sci-fi that helps him transform secondhand genre material into something deep and nourishing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0043396191723
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
3,125

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Guillermo Del Toro; "Hellboy: The Seeds of Creation" documentary; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; VFX How-to's; Make-up and lighting tests; Scott McCloud's guide to understanding comics

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Perlman Hellboy
John Hurt Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Selma Blair Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans Agent John Myers
Karel Roden Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor Dr. Tom Manning
Doug Jones Abe Sapien
David Hyde Pierce Abe Sapien
Brian Steele Sammael
Ladislav Beran Kroenen
Biddy Hodson Ilsa
Corey Johnson Agent Clay
Kevin Trainor Young Broom
Brian Caspe Agent Lime
James Babson Agent Moss
Stephen H. Fisher Agent Quarry
Garth Cooper Agent Stone
Angus MacInnes Sgt. Whitman
Jim Howick Cpl. Matlin
Santiago Segura Train Driver
Guillermo del Toro Baby Hellboy/Kroenen/Samuel
Bridget Hodson Ilsa
John William Johnson Agent Clay
Mark Taylor Truck Driver
Daniel Aarsman Kid
Bettina Ask kid
Alvaro Navarro kid
Emilio Navarro kid
Rory Copus kid on rooftop
Tara Hugo Doctor Jenkins
Richard Haas Second Doctor
Andrea Miltner Doctor Marsh
Jo Eastwood Down's Patient
Charles Grisham Museum Guard
Jan Holicek museum guard
Jeremy Zimmerman lobby guard
Monty L. Simons orderly
Pavel Cajzl Sherpa Guide
Andrea Stuart Girl with Kittens
William Hoyland Von Krupt
Mille Wilkie Young Liz
Bob Sherman Television host
Ellen Savaria Blonde Television Reporter
Petr Sekanina German Scientists
Ales Kosnar German Scientists
Justin Svoboda Young Guy
Winter Ave Zoli Girlfriend
Albert May Train Driver
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Guillermo del Toro Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Georgina Abanto Makeup
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Nick Allder Special Effects Supervisor
Simon Allen Animator
Peter Amundson Editor
Dovi Anderson Animator
Pete Anthony Musical Arrangement
Jason Armstrong Animator
Merche Arque Makeup Special Effects
Michael Axinn Editor
Cheryl Bainum Executive Producer
Richard Baker Makeup Special Effects
Dan Balcer Camera Operator
Jeff Barnes Executive Producer
Dave Beavis Special Effects Supervisor
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Pavel Bezdek Stunts
Kay Bilk Makeup
Beverly Binda Makeup
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Petr Bozdech Stunts
Peter Briggs Original Story
Ronan Browne Animator
Zuzana Brozová Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Brunet Animator
Keith Bryant Producer
Todd Bryant Stunts
Craig Davis Stunts
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Chuck Duke Animator
Zdenek Dvoracek Stunts
Hana Dvorska Stunts
Will Elder-Groebe Animator
Jiri First Stunts
Grant Fletcher Stunts
Karin Fong Art Director
Peter Francis Art Director
Victor Garcia Makeup Special Effects
Kameron Gates Animator
Justine Gerenstein Editor
Aaron Gilman Animator
Richard Goodwin Asst. Director
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Lee Greenwood Animator
Rene Hajek Stunts
James Hambridge Art Director
Jim Hart Stunts
J. Michael Haynie Asst. Director
Mark Holding Sound Mixer
Traci Horie Animator
Louie Horvath Stunts
Andy Howard Asst. Director
Spectral Motion Incorporated Special Effects
Eric Ingerson Animator
Roman Janecka Asst. Director
Julie Jaros Animator
Timothy James Kane Camera Operator
Michael Kitchen Animator
Juan Leiva Camera Operator
Lloyd Levin Producer
James Likowski Editor
Paul Loewe Makeup Special Effects
Jan Loukota Stunts
Joaquin Manchado Camera Operator
Brian Mendenhall Animator
Jose M. Menses Makeup Special Effects
Mike Mignola Associate Producer
David Mottl Stunts
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Olina Norkova Makeup Special Effects
Luke O'Byrne Executive Producer
Patrick Palmer Executive Producer
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Tomas Peterac Stunts
Jan Petrina Stunts
Gabriela Polakova Makeup
Morgan Ratsoy Animator
Ljuba Reznickova Costumes/Costume Designer
Silva Reznickova Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Richardson Producer
Miguel Rodriguez Makeup Special Effects
Jules Roman Executive Producer
Matt Rose Makeup Special Effects
Marco Bittner Rosser Art Director
Alonzo Ruvalcaba Executive Producer
Marc Sadeghi Executive Producer
Buck Sanders Producer
Stephen Scott Production Designer
Jaromir Sedina Camera Operator
Phillip Lee Seegar Asst. Director
Juan Serrano Makeup Special Effects
Jiri Simbersky Stunts
Sergio Simenovic Asst. Director
Klara Slavikova Stunts
Dita Moers Strouhal Production Manager
Ivan the Terrible Stunts
Tomas Tobola Stunts
David Listvan Tomas Stunts
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision
Kamila Zenkerova Stunts
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hellboy
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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