The acclaimed Dark Horse comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil is brought to cinematic life by visionary director Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil madman Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depths 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.
“Hellboy is 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.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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. Although they fight on the side of good, they are kept hidden away from the very society that they protect. When the evil Rasputin returns to re-enlist Hellboy in the forces of darkness so that evil may finally rule the world, Hellboy and friends must face their greatest challenge if they are to save humanity. A fun, imaginative supernatural action adventure with major flair, fueled by a great performance by Ron Perlman as the title character, Hellboy is a comic book adaptation done right! (Dir. by Guillermo del Toro, 2004, USA, 122 mins., Rated PG-13)