In 1945, a Nazi secret society summons a demon, but the ritual is disrupted and the creature taken by Professor Bruttenholm (Hurt). Now Hellboy (Perlman), the star employee of the US Bureau For Paranormal Research And Defence, must stop evil monk man Rasputin (Roden), who wants to immolate the world.
It hasn't got the breakout potential of less eccentric comic book heroes, but fans will thank the dark squid gods for del Toro's admirable loyalty to the source material.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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