From the Dark Side to Our Side
Give Evil Hell
|Directed By||Guillermo del Toro|
|Screenplay By||Guillermo del Toro|
|Cast||Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans|
|Produced By||Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson|
|Film Editing By||Peter Amundson|
|Cinematography By||Guillermo Navarro|
|Music By||Marco Beltrami|
Lawrence Gordon Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, Revolution Studios
April 2, 2004
Hellboy is a 2004 action-supernatural-superhero film starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. It is a live action adapation of the cult Dark Horse comic book series "Hellboy" created and drawn by Mike Mignola. Mignola originally drew a demon-based superhero for a comic book convention and whimsically named it, "Hellboy". This movie is lauded as introducing the character to mainstream audiences and immense popularity.
What makes a man into a hero? It is his origins? How he comes life? Maybe not. Because Hellboy was meant to bring about the end of the world; born a demon in the flames of hell and summoned to Earth by the Nazis in WWII, he should have been a villain. Instead, he was found and raised by the benevolent Professor Bruttenholm to fight the sinister forces of evil with all of his hell-born strength and power as a champion of humanity.
But the malignant sorcerer Rasputin, the very man who summoned Hellboy to Earth has been resurrected. And he plots to reclaim his lost child back to the dark side once more to fulfill his hellish destiny! Can Hellboy overcome his true nature? Can he remain a hero and more importantly, a man? Or he is truly damned by what he is and supposed to be? But if he is ... then so too is the world...
- Ron Perlman as Hellboy
- John Hurt as Trevor Bruttenholm
- Selma Blair as Liz Sherman
- Rupert Evans as John Thaddeus Myers
- Karel Roden as Grigori Efimovich Rasputin
- Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning
- Doug Jones as Abe Sapien
- David Hyde Pierce as Abe Sapien (voice)
- Brian Steele as Sammael
- Ladislav Beran as Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
- Bridget Hodson as Ilsa Haupstein
- Corey Johnson as Agent Clay
- Brian Caspe as Agent Lime
- James Babson as Agent Moss
- Stephen Fisher as Agent Quarry
- Kevin Trainor as Young Trevor Bruttenholm
- Angus MacInnes as Sgt. Whitman
- Jim Howick as Cpl. Matlin
Hellboy had its world premiere at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, California on March 30, 2004 and had its official debut on April 2, 2004, opening in 3,028 theaters. It grossed $23,172,440 for its opening weekend, jumping to the number one most popular movie slot. It would play for an additional 11 weeks but lacked staying power in the rankings; already dropping to the number 2 slot by it's second weekend. It continued to drop steadily and fell out of the Top 10 ranking by it's fourth weekend run. Overall, Hellboy would earn a total gross of $59,623,958 domestically in the United States and brought in an additional $39,695,029 from the foreign markets; thus it was regarded as a minor box office success as it earned well more than its production budget costs.
Hellboy earned generally favorable reviews with audiences and critics, even creator Mike Mignola proclaimed that he was "very happy" with movie. It received an 81% "Fresh" approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and Metacritic gave it a weighted average score of 72 out of 100. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three and half stars out of four and in particular, praised Ron Perlman; "an actor who is not just playing a superhero, but enjoying it ... he chomps his cigar, twitches his tail and battles his demons with something approaching glee. You can see an actor in the process of making an impossible character really work".
Hellboy also won several awards including the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Makeup; the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Makeup/Creature FX; and the Imagen Award for Best Feature Film Director.
It was released in a special 2-disc special edition DVD box set on July 27. 2004 with video introductions by Guillermo del Toro and Selma Blair; selected Mike Mignola comics that inspired parts of the movie; and two audio commentary tracks with the movie itself: one with Mike Mignola and Guillermo del Toro and the second with Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, and Rupert Evans. The special feature DVD featured an in-depth look at the "Right Hand of Doom" set and a two-hour documentary about the film. This DVD set was one of the most financially successful and popular released and paved the way for an unrated 3-disc director's cut released on October 19, 2004.
The new unrated DVD set featured much of the same extra features as the previous one with the exception of several additional features and several additional cut scenes and extended scenes from the movie. A high-definition Blu-Ray version was also released in 2007.
- Vin Diesel was the studios' original choice for Hellboy. However Mike Mignolia and Guillermo del Toro both wanted Ron Perlman to star with del Toro going so far as to threaten to quit the project if not given his casting choice.
- Due to the fact that the Hellboy costume would require a large prosthetic over his right hand for "The Right Hand of Doom" making it unusable; Director del Toro offered to switch it to actor Ron Perlman's left hand. Fortunately, Perlman was left handed and didn't need to switch.