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I saw this in theaters on opening weekend after watching the first one earlier that day. Both were fun, but I actually like the story and action better in the sequel.

Hellboy (Ron Perlman), Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) team up with renowned, eccentric scientist Johann Krauss (Seth McFarlane) to stop an evil prince (Luke Goss) from releasing and taking control of The Golden Army, a near indestructible army of machines that can wipe out humanity. The film manages to balance riveting action (Hellboy takes on a giant, tentacle laden monster while holding an infant, Shoot Em Up style) and tongue in cheek comedy quite well for a super hero movie. While it doesn’t come close in comparing to other cape capers of the summer (Iron Man, The Dark Knight), Hellboy knows where it stands. It excels, mostly, in Del Toro’s vision of the creatures in Hellboy’s world- a scene that brings the team into a black market of sorts while wearing glasses that see through all spells and guises is breathtaking. The world of creatures is like a mix between Pan’s Labyrinth and Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter films.

Nominations:

Best Makeup
Therefore it’s quite deserved to see those creatures, almost all results of practical make up effects, land itself a nomination in this category. Del Toro’s creatures from Pan’s took home all sorts of gold back in 2007, so it certainly gives me hope. The contenders in the category are very diverse and it could really go any way this year.

***½

For some strange reason, it really does not feel like the weekend. Anyhows, here are a few articles and videos to keep you busy with your morning coffee, tea, hot coca, or whatever you might prefer.

  • JCVD is out in limited release in New York City! Next week it expands to six more cities. Time has an excellent look at the new film starring the Muscles from Brussels in a role unlike anything he has ever been in. (Time)
  • No Good TV has an exclusive behind the scenes look at Repo! The Genetic Opera. (NGTV)
  • FOX has released a trailer for their two hour 24 TV movie, 24: Redemption.  Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) beats up a whole bunch of new bad guys… (Variety)
  • It is pretty much official, Brett Ratner is going to wreck another franchise. (THR)

Guillermo del Toro is one of the busiest men in film. He recently spoke to the New Yorker about one of the many films that will keep him booked through 2017, a new version of Universal’s classic movie monster, “Frankenstein”.

“I’m not doing Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. I’m doing an adventure story that involves the creature. I cannot say much, but it’s not the central creation story, I’m not worried about that. The fact is I’ve been dreaming of doing a Frankenstein movie since I was a child.”

Not wasting any time on the origin (that we all know so well) is a huge step in the right direction. I can not wait to see the Frankenstein monster in an all new adventure film, while being brought to life by a visionary director like del Toro. Would it be asking too much for a Frankenstein and Hellboy crossover film?

Posted on October 5th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Hellboy, Ron Perlman, Hellboy 3, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Guillermo Del Toro is one of the busiest directors alive, so much so that Variety reports that he is booked through at least 2017. His line up of films includes the “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit”, remakes of such classic films as “Frankenstein”, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, and “Slaughterhouse-Five”, an adaptation of the novel “Drood” and H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, and hopefully… “Hellboy 3”.

“We laid the groundwork to have a magnificent third act,” the acclaimed director told the publication, who also went on to reveal that “the studio is interested and may work with del Toro to add a TV series and online segments to broaden the following before making the series finale.”

Hopefully they will also continue to make animated films, following on the successful DTV releases of “The Phantom Claw”, “Blood and Iron”, “Sword of Storms”, and video games; “Hellboy: The Science of Evil” was released at the end of June and featured all of the cast members from the films.

That would give us a wide variety of “Hellboy” content over the next dozen years, including a TV series, online shorts, animated films, video games, and the end of the film trilogy. And I for one, could not be happier.