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Hellboy [2004] (2 discs)

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Director:Guillermo del Toro
Writer:Guillermo del Toro
Composer:Marco Beltrami
Length:122 minutes
(2 hours 2 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Mystery
  • Suspense / Horror
  • CG
  • Puppets
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Synopsis: A demon is summoned by an evil force, but is found and raised by those who would fight evil.


Reaction: This could have easily been a disaster, but del Toro's direction is visually fun and (more importantly) Ron Perlman's Hellboy is just so wry and sincere.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Guillermo del Toro => Director / Writer / Guy Dressed as Dragon (uncredited)
Marco Beltrami => Composer
Mike Mignola => Original Comic Creator / Knight (uncredited)
Biddy Hodson => Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
Brian Steele => Sammael
Corey Johnson => Agent Clay
David Hyde Pierce => Abe Sapien (voice) (uncredited)
Doug Jones => Abe Sapien
Jeffrey Tambor => Tom Manning
John Hurt => Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Karel Roden => Grigori Rasputin
Kevin Trainor => Young "Broom"
Ladislav Beran => Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
Millie Wilkie => Young Liz
Pavel Cajzl => Sherpa Guide
Ron Perlman => Hellboy
Rory Copus => Kid on Rooftop
Rupert Evans => John Myers
Selma Blair => Liz Sherman
Stephen Fisher => Agent Quarry

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Director Guillermo del Toro opted to do the film over Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • When Guillermo del Toro met with producers, many changes to the Hellboy character were suggested. One idea was to have Hellboy be a human who transforms into Hellboy when he gets angry. Another suggestion was that he came from hell but was a normal human.
  • Upon meeting to discuss the movie, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and director Guillermo del Toro decided to reveal to each other their choice for the lead role of Hellboy. They both said at the same time, Ron Perlman.
  • Very early on in the film's preproduction, the filmmakers considered putting Hellboy's giant stone hand on his left arm rather than the right, so as to grant the actor playing Hellboy the full use of his right hand. Ron Perlman turned out to be left-handed, so the filmmakers were able to preserve the Right Hand of Doom.
  • Ron Perlman's make up took four hours to apply.
  • Ron Perlman broke a rib while filming the subway scenes. He jumped onto a train that was coming towards him at about 45 mph.
  • Doug Jones's voice was dubbed by David Hyde Pierce, but Pierce refused a credit, because he felt that Abe was entirely Doug's creation and did not wish to detract from his performance.
  • After completion of the Hellboy make-up, the only part of Ron Perlman's body that can actually be seen are his eyelids.
  • When the Nazi scientist is sucked into the portal, a very common sound effect, called the Wilhelm Scream, is used.