I'm fireproof... you're not
In the ongoing deluge of comic-book adaptations, Hellboy ranks well above average. Having turned down an offer to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in favor of bringing Hellboy's origin story to the big screen, the gifted Mexican director Guillermo del Toro compensates for the excesses of Blade II with a moodily effective, consistently entertaining action-packed fantasy, beginning in 1944 when the mad monk Rasputin--in cahoots with occult-buff Hitler and his Nazi thugs--opens a transdimensional portal through which a baby demon emerges, capable of destroying the world with his powers. Instead, the aptly named Hellboy is raised by the benevolent Prof. Bloom, founder of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, whose allied forces enlist the adult Hellboy (Ron Perlman, perfectly cast) to battle evil at every turn. While nursing a melancholy love for the comely firestarter Liz (Selma Blair), Hellboy files his demonic horns ("to fit in," says Bloom) and wreaks havoc on the bad guys. The action is occasionally routine (the movie suffers when compared to the similar X-Men blockbusters), but del Toro and Perlman have honored Mike Mignola's original Dark Horse comics with a lavish and loyal interpretation, retaining the amusing and sympathetic quirks of character that made the comic-book Hellboy a pop-culture original. He's red as a lobster, puffs stogies like Groucho Marx, and fights the good fight with a kind but troubled heart. What's not to like?
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Hellboy (2005) DVD
In 1944, near the end of World War II, the Allied forces go on a secret classified mission to Scotland to stop occult leader Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) and his German assistants Kroenen (Ladislav Beran) and Ilsa (Bridget Hodson) from trying to do something nasty for the Nazis. He was trying to open a portal into the supernatural world and summon the Seven Gods of Chaos so that the Nazis can win the war, but the Allied forces kill Grigori before he is completely successful. The portal was open long enough though to allow a little devilish creature to cross over to our world. The creature is adopted by Professor Trevor “Broom” Bruttenholm (John Hurt, Kevin Trainor in Broom’s younger days), the head of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, a covert branch of the FBI that was working with the Allied forces. Broom raises the creature as his son, names him Hellboy, and has him live at the Bureau. Fast forward to today and now Hellboy (Ron Perlman) works for the Bureau where he fights the weird things that enter our world. He files down his devil horns (so he will look slightly less devilish), fights evil with his enormous concrete-like right fist, and has a fondness for cigars, Baby Ruth candy bars, and saving stray kittens. He’s also has a bad attitude, so FBI rookie John Myers (Rupert Evans) has been assigned by Head of Special Operations agent Tom Manning (Jeffrey Tambor) to be his new nanny, keeper, and best friend. John thinks that the Bureau is weird right away when he first meets Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, voice of David Hyde Pierce), a psychic fish-man who helps Hellboy out. Hellboy is obsessed with Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a troubled fire starter who used to work for the Bureau as well, but now lives in a mental hospital. He becomes jealous when she seems to be attracted to John. Meanwhile, Ilsa and Kroenen, who are both immortal, have resurrected Grigori from the dead, and the three continue their quest to take over the world. Their plan this time is to use Sammael (Brian Steele), the Hound of Resurrection, to cause Armageddon. Every time Sammael is killed, two more are spawned, so it is hard to destroy. After Liz inadvertently destroys the hospital, she rejoins the Bureau where she helps Hellboy, Broom, Abe, John, and Agent Clay (Corey Johnson) battle Rasputin once again, which could mean a personal sacrifice by Hellboy.
Longtime comic book artist Mike Mignola created Hellboy in 1994 for Dark Horse Comics. The character has seen several graphic novels released containing his adventures (the last one having been released in 1997), and now it is a movie, which is a perfect, since he is a very visual character.
Perlman was the perfect choice to play the title character. He is no stranger to heavy makeup, having been the “Beast” in the 1987-1990 CBS TV show “Beauty and the Beast.” Even though the actor is 54-years-old, I hope that this role leads him to head more action flicks (or at least more Hellboy movies.) The rest of the cast are okay, but this is really Perlman’s show.
Guillermo del Toro, the director of Mimic and Blade II, brought his violent comic book style to this film. He tends to make things bigger than life, and it works here. Aside from making Hellboy look impressive, he also makes Beran’s gas-mask hooded assassin Kroenen look very cool. It’s too bad he wasn’t the main bad guy.
Great film, and I recommend this to all.
Summoned from Hell by the Nazis but raised as a good guy by the Allies, gruff, tough, fire engine red and quite literally horny, Hellboy emerges from the pages of Mike Mignola's cult comicbook to set the screen alight in a blaze of demonic glory. Raised by kindly occultist Professor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), Hellboy (Ron Perlman) busts ghosts, demons and no end of supernatural beasties for the strictly hush-hush Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence. Together with twisted firestarter Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and alien fish-boy Abe Sapien (anonymously voiced by Frasier's David Hyde Pierce), Hellboy struggles to save the earth from immortal sorcerer Rasputin, an evil man with a wicked plan, a clockwork Nazi henchman and unlimited access to the hordes of Hell. For longtime fan Guillermo Del Toro, director of the creepy Devil's Backbone and knockout Blade 2, Hellboy was an obvious labour of love, stylish, epic and incredibly exciting. Besides Del Toro's amazing work, the reason this movie works so well is because of actor Ron Perlman, his performance as Hellboy - who looks like a demon but in most other respects is just a regular bloke - right on the money. You'll have a hell of a good time with this one.
Hellboy - oh yes!
I thought the film when it was first shown was genious and led the way for other films similar such as X-men. Mr Perlman plays a good role and has the way withall to emulate the sarcastic overtones that you would imagine of a Demon, but in such a way that you can empathise with his circumstance. Living with two other 'freaks' as they are termed and yet creating a dream world inside his head where he and his fellow freak are doomed to remain in captivity due to their outlandish appearance. His love life suffers no better, but Agent John T Myers remonstrates that he can be together with his love and still live the life that he would wish, albeit in surroundings that are more than 'open to the public'.. A great film, even for small ones, assuming they don't then go and stick toilet holders on their heads after the film and think they are Hellboy themselves.
A great movie, a good cast, including the irrepressable John Hurt.
Buy a copy, you won't be disappointed
hellboy, definately one to buy
I love this movie from start to end, hellboy a demon with a sense of humour, the adlib and one liners all through the film keep you giggling from start to finish. guillermo del toro has opted not to use total CGI (computer generated image) for this movie but combine it with animatronics and it works really well, and the special effects are ace
Im not a great horror fan, but glad to say there is not a lot of blood in this movie, terrific baddies, Ron Perlman is great as hellboy, fantastic abs and pecs, i love the tail the most.He portrays the adolescent demon, spot on even down to the scenes, where he is smitten with liz,(a firestarter) but to afraid to say, then think agent myers (bought in to be his liasion, boyguard and friend)is after his girl, and smacks him in the head with a rock, ( my kids loved that and cheered.
I have the 2 disc version, which has the cast commentary which is the funniest thing ever. And it also shows you how the film was made, the make up involved, story boards, how scenes were shot, a 2 hour documentary, so you really get your money's worth with hellboy.
There isn't really anything I dont like about this movie, you love the good guys and boo at the baddies, but its 2 hours of good entertainment, and if it keeps 4 teenagers glued to the tv for that long it has to be good, and its a movie you can watch over and over and over again.
I cant wait for hellboy 2 to be released in 2008.
I collect superhero dvs's so it was an impulse buy, but was cheap and not a lot if it turned out to be a turkey, but was the best money i spent on a dvd compared against superman returns, daredevil, which were total flops.