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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Ron Perlman
Doug Jones
Selma Blair
John Hurt
Directors
Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriters
Guillermo del Toro
Mike Mignola
Running Time
122 minutes

Hellboy
Del Toro brings the do-gooder demon to the screen.


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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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