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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Hellboy II
DIRECTED BY GUILLERMO DEL TORO
RELEASED: 2008

Why's it so good? Between the first and second Hellboy films, Guillermo del Toro further honed his craft, and proved the serious appeal of his style, with Pan's Labyrinth. There's a sense here of greater artistic confidence and style; the character relationships are more fully explored and Hellboy gets to do more than fight the same monster over and over again.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's generally considered better, although you'll have to watch the original to get a good grounding of what's going on here. A bigger budget means there are more monsters and magical creatures, and a few rather lovely set-pieces. It still has flaws, but it rollicks and rolls in a way the original failed to do.

Glaring error: Isn't Luke Goss playing pretty much the same part that he did in Blade II?


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 46 MONTHS


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