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  • 2004
  • PG-13
  • 122min
  • 81%
  • 6.9 / 10

In 1994, Grigori Rasputin, played by Karel Roden, builds an interdimensional portal in Scotland in an attempt to free a monster called Ogdru Jahad, who has been imprisoned in deep space, in an attempt to defeat the Allies during World War 2. He succeeds in opening the portal, but an Allied team is sent in to defeat the German team, with Rasputin behind absorbed in the process. A top scientist named Trevor Bruttenholm, played by John Hurt, discovers an infant demon that came through the portal, and adopts him as his own, calling him “Hellboy”. In the present, Hellboy is visited by an FBI agent named John Myers, played by Rupert Evans, where he learns that surviving members of the German team are attempting to resurrect Rasputin in the mountains of Moldova.

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Guillermo del Toro met with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola to discuss the film, and one of the first things they talked about was the casting of the titular character. Both revealed their choices at the same time, unknowingly in agreement – Ron Perlman. The makeup required to get Perlman into character took four hours to apply, but that didn’t stop him from granting a Make-a-Wish in 2012 as Hellboy.


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Hellboy is a 2004 superhero film written and directed by Guillermo del Toro with Peter Briggs also receiving a writing credit. The film stars Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, and John Hurt. It is loosely based on Mike Mignola’s graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. The film was released in the United States on April 2, 2004, and made $99.3 million at the box office against a budget of $66 million. It received generally positive reviews, holding an 81% approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has assigned it a score of 72 out of 100. A sequel was released on July 11, 2008, by Universal Pictures.