Hellboy (1 & 2)

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HELLBOY (12)
D: Guillermo del Toro
Columbia/Revolution/Dark Horse (Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson & Lloyd Levin)
US 2004
122 mins

Action/Fantasy

W: Guillermo del Toro [based on characters created by Mike Mignola]
DP: Guillermo Navarro
Ed: Peter Amundson
Mus: Marco Beltrami
PD: Stephen Scott
Cos: Wendy Partridge

Ron Perlman (Hellboy), John Hurt (Trevor Bruttenholm), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), Rupert Evans (John Thaddeus Myers), Karel Roden (Grigori Rasputin), Jeffrey Tambor (Tom Manning)

Guillermo del Toro is the perfect choice of director for this dark comic-book fantasy, bringing his own gothic imagination into the fold with the help of impressive and exuberant production design, costume design and makeup.
Hellboy is a demon, conjured from a Nazi experiment with black magic at the end of World War II, rescued and raised by the American government to fight the forces of evil.
Ron Perlman brings a good bit of personality and fun to the red-skinned brute with blunted horns and the special effects throughout are generally decent, particularly the excellent makeup effects.
A sequel followed in 2008.
6/10

Ron Perlman in Hellboy
Ron Perlman in Hellboy
Believe it or not, he's the good guy
Believe it or not, he's the good guy
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (12)
D: Guillermo del Toro
Universal/Relativity Media/Dark Horse (Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson & Lloyd Levin)
US 2008
120 mins

Action/Fantasy

W: Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola [based on characters created by Mike Mignola]
DP: Guillermo Navarro
Ed: Bernat Vilaplana
Mus: Danny Elfman

Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), Doug Jones (Abe Saipen), Luke Goss (Prince Nuada Silverlance), John Hurt (Trevor Bruttenholm)

The cigar smoking, candy bar chomping, demonic superhero returns in this sequel, as he, his pyro-kinetic girlfriend and his aquatic mutant ally take on an underground race who plan on taking over the world with the aid of an almost indestructible army.
The story here is a little weaker than the original film, and there's a slight lack of comic relief, but this is made up for with an abundance of action scenes and excellent visual effects, particularly in the field of makeup, for which it received an Oscar nomination.
6/10

Ron Perlman & Doug Jones in Hellboy: The Golden Army
Ron Perlman & Doug Jones in Hellboy: The Golden Army