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Theatrical poster
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Lawrence Gordon
Lloyd Levin
Mike Richardson
Written by Screenplay:
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Peter Briggs
Comic Book:
Mike Mignola
Starring Ron Perlman
Rupert Evans
Doug Jones
Selma Blair
Ladislav Beran
John Hurt
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Editing by Peter Amundson
Studio Revolution Studios
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) April 2, 2004 (2004-04-02)
Running time Theatrical Cut:
120 minutes
Director's Cut
135 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $66 million
Gross revenue $99,623,958
Followed by Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy is a 2004 supernatural action-thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is based on the Dark Horse Comics work Hellboy: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola. It was produced by Revolution Studios, and distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Released in 2004, it grossed $59 million at the U.S. box office, and $99 million worldwide[1] and was favorably received by critics. A sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, was released on July 11, 2008.[2]



In 1944, the Nazis work with the undead Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin on an isolated island off the coast of Scotland to build a dimensional portal. They intend to use it, with Rasputin's help, to awaken the Ogdru Jahad, monstrous entities that have been imprisoned and asleep since an undisclosed time, to destroy their enemies. But Rasputin secretly intends to use the entities to bring about the destruction of the entire Earth. He is aided by his servant, Ilsa von Haupstein, to whom he has granted eternal life, and Nazi Lieutenant Colonel Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, Hitler's top assassin and head of the Thule Occult Society. The United States sends a small Army team to destroy the portal, guided by a young doctor, Professor Trevor Broom (Professor Bruttenholm in the comics)[3], who is well-versed in the occult. In the ensuing battle, the German scientists and soldiers are killed and the portal is destroyed, in the process absorbing and apparently killing Rasputin. Ilsa and Kroenen escape capture. As the Army team surveys the ruins for anything that may have sneaked into their dimension through the portal, they discover an infant demon with a stone right hand. Broom coaxes it into his arms with a Baby Ruth candy bar. The soldiers affectionately name the little creature "Hellboy."

Sixty years later, a young FBI agent named John Myers is transferred to the B.P.R.D., run by Broom. He is introduced to Hellboy, now an adult. Also employed with the B.P.R.D. is an amphibious humanoid named Abe Sapien who has advanced psychic abilities, and Liz Sherman, a pyrokinetic who has yet to learn to control her firestarting abilities. Liz has recently left the bureau (for the thirteenth time) and checked herself into a mental hospital in an effort to protect others from her talent. Despite regular visits and coaxing from Hellboy, who appears infatuated with her, she is determined not to return.

Meanwhile, Kroenen and Ilsa resurrect Rasputin somewhere in the mountains in Moldova[4]. Rasputin and his minions travel to New York and the Machen Library of Paranormal Artifacts. There, they smash open a display and, through magic, unleash a monstrously powerful hellhound known as Sammael. Rasputin imbues Sammael with the power to reincarnate and split his essence, causing two of the creature's "eggs" to hatch and mature in seconds each time one dies. Rasputin then visits Liz as she sleeps, reactivating her powers and causing the near-total destruction of the hospital. Afterwards, Myers talks to her, and convinces her to return to the bureau, at least for the short term.

Sammael's ability to multiply quickly becomes a major problem, as Hellboy repeatedly kills it, creating dozens. During a hunt for the beast in the sewers of New York, Abe is injured during an attempt to retrieve some of their eggs, and Kroenen critically wounds one of the FBI agents sent with Hellboy, and Sammael devours the other two agents. Kroenen, whose mutilated body is now run by mechanic parts, then shuts himself down and pretends to be defeated just before Hellboy arrives. Kroenen's body is brought to the bureau for examination. FBI Director Tom Manning is angered by Hellboy's recklessness, which he feels is indirectly responsible for his agents' deaths. Hellboy gets mad and threatens Manning just as Liz returns, almost causing her to leave again just as quickly. Myers, in an effort to help her overcome her difficulties with Hellboy, takes her out for coffee and to talk. Hellboy, jealous, covertly follows them.

While they are away, Rasputin appears at the bureau, reanimating Kroenen before they confront Professor Broom. Out of twisted respect for Broom's protection and nurturing of Hellboy, Rasputin promises him a quick death, but first offers him a vision of the future, showing Hellboy is the agent that has destroyed the world. Rejecting Rasputin's vision of Hellboy's destiny, Broom is stabbed in the neck by Kroenen and, clutching a rosary, collapses and dies.

Manning takes over the B.P.R.D. and, with the help of Hellboy and the others, manages to find Rasputin's mausoleum in an old cemetery outside Moscow, Russia. A team led by Manning and Hellboy and a corpse named Ivan whom Hellboy resurrected as a guide enter the mausoleum, but swiftly become separated. Hellboy and Manning find their way to Kroenen's lair, where an enraged Hellboy, with Manning's help, defeats Kroenen once and for all, to avenge the death of his father. Telling Manning to stay back, Hellboy reunites with Liz and Myers at Sammael's nest to defend them, but the creatures overwhelm him. In an effort to help, Liz, with some encouragement from Myers, ignores the fear that has prevented her from unleashing her full potential and uses her pyrokinetic powers to encase herself in fire, which she uses to incinerate the army of Sammaels and all the eggs. Unfortunately, this effect renders Hellboy, Liz and Myers unconscious and they are captured by Rasputin.

To force Hellboy to release the Ogdru Jahad, Rasputin sucks Liz's soul out of her body, telling Hellboy that Liz will come back to life only if he complies. Hellboy, not wanting to lose Liz, awakens his true power as Anung un Rama, causing his horns to regrow. He nearly releases the Ogdru Jahad, but the injured Myers reminds him of who he is and that he has the right to choose his own path. Remembering his true self and what his father brought him up to be, Hellboy snaps off his horns, returning to his former self and resealing the Ogdru Jahad. As Rasputin screams his frustration and disappointment at Hellboy, Hellboy stabs him in the belly with one of his broken horns.

However, Rasputin has one last trick up his sleeve: he is possessed by a creature from the Ogdru Jahad. The tentacled Behemoth bursts out of Rasputin's body, grows to immense size, and kills Rasputin and Ilsa. Hellboy grabs a stone sword from a nearby statue and attacks the Behemoth's tentacles, then allows himself to be swallowed while detonating a belt of live hand grenades. The subsequent explosion tears the Behemoth apart from inside, destroying it. Liz's vital signs are gone when Hellboy returns from the fight, but he whispers into her ear, and suddenly her life is restored. When she asks how her soul was returned, Hellboy replies that he simply told the creatures from the other side the cost of taking her: "Hey, you on the other side. Let her go. Because for her I'll cross over, and then you'll be sorry." She and Hellboy kiss as she surrounds them in flame, and the narrator, Myers, says that what truly makes a man is "Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them."

Finally, the film ends with a humorous mid-credits scene, where a forgotten and frightened Manning is lost several levels down in the dank and dim halls of the mausoleum, listening to maybe the rustle of footsteps, and looking to see if there's anyone around.





Guillermo del Toro considered creating this film as a dream project for many years with casting Ron Perlman as the lead role, but could never secure a budget or studio approval. After the massive success of Blade II (2002), del Toro was offered to direct Blade: Trinity (2004) or a film adaptation of Hellboy. Though he briefly considered trying to fit both films into his schedule, he chose Hellboy. 


Hellboy had its world premiere at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California on March 30, 2004.[5] The film opened in wide release on April 2, 2004 where it grossed USD $23.1 million in 3,028 theaters on its opening weekend. It went on to make $59.6 million in North America and $39.6 million in the rest of the world for a worldwide total of $99.6 million, well above its $66 million budget.[6]

Critical reception

The film was well received by most critics with an average review score of 80% based on 186 reviews, which earned it a "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[7] It also has a 72 metascore on Metacritic. Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B" rating and wrote, "Pop pretensions can't undo a basic contradiction: that our hero is fighting metaphysical evil with pure, meaty brawn. Hellboy is engaging, but it's got a lot more boy in it than hell".[8] In his review for the New York Times, Elvis Mitchell wrote, "Mr. del Toro avidly lavishes this texture on Hellboy . . . giving it a kiss of distinction. It's an elegant haunted house of a picture with dread and yearning part of the eeriness".[9] Roger Ebert gave the film three and half stars out of four and praised Ron Perlman's performance: "And in Ron Perlman, it has found 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".[10] However, USA Today wrote, "Hellboy's special effects don't offer much of anything new, its far-fetched plot leaves a bit to be desired, and there is plenty that flat-out doesn't make sense. Those unfamiliar with the comic book may leave the theater bedeviled and scratching their heads".[11] The film also received good reviews in the British press - for example, Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian commented amusedly on the unhistoricity of the Nazis invading Britain in the initial sequence but overall called the film "bizarre and loopy, romantic and dynamic".[12]

Hellboy was also ranked number 13 out of 94 in Rotten Tomatoes' "Comix Worst to Best" countdown (where 1 was best and 94 was worst).[13]


Hellboy was nominated for four Saturn Awards in 2005, including Best Fantasy Film, Best Special Edition DVD Release, and Best Make-Up, which it won.[14] Empire magazine ranked Hellboy 11th in their "The 20 Greatest Comic Book Movies" list.[15]

Home media

Hellboy was released on DVD in a two-disc special edition DVD on July 27, 2004, less than 16 weeks after it opened in theaters. Included, were video introductions by Del Toro and Selma Blair, plus a feature that allowed viewers to click during selected parts of the movie to comics drawn by Mike Mignola. Other bonus features include audio commentaries by Del Toro, Blair, Mignola, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor and Rupert Evans, as well as visits to the "Right Hand of Doom" set and a two-hour documentary.[16] This DVD topped the Nielsen VideoScan's First Alert DVD sales chart and the Video Store magazine's list of top rentals for the week ending August 1, 2004, registering a total of more than a half-million units in sales.[17]

A three-disc unrated director's cut DVD set was released on October 19, 2004. In addition to all of the features of the original two-disc set, with the exception of a new director's commentary replacing the old one, new features included Del Toro introducing 20 minutes of additional and extended scenes, a composer commentary with isolated score replacing the cast commentary, a Cast Video Commentary with Perlman, Blair, Tambor and Rupert Evans, multiple production workshop featurettes, a Comic Con 2002 Panel Discussion with Del Toro, Perlman and Mignola, and a A Quick Guide to Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud.[18]

Two versions of High Definition Blu-ray Discs were released: The Director's cut and the Theatrical Release cut.[19]


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  2. ^ DiOrio, Carl (2008-02-14). "Paramount shuffle delays 'Trek'". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media). http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i797c75af15317bcf82fd246dd185d9f7. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ Hellboy Comicbook series
  4. ^ Hellboy (2005 film)
  5. ^ Schneider, Sue (April 5, 2004). "Seeing red (carpet) at the premiere of Hellboy". Cinescape. http://www.mania.com/seeing-red-carpet-premiere-hellboy_article_41201.html. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
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  7. ^ "Hellboy at Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hellboy/. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  8. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (March 31, 2004). "Hellboy". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,604966,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  9. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (April 2, 2004). "Horror Comic at the Core, With a Soulful Sweetness". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E01EED61539F931A35757C0A9629C8B63&scp=5&sq=%22Hellboy%22&st=nyt. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 2, 2004). "Hellboy". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040402/REVIEWS/404020301/1023. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  11. ^ Puig, Claudia (April 1, 2004). "Hellboy digs down a little too deep". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2004-04-01-hellboy_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  12. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (27 August 2004). "Hellboy - review". The Guardian. http://arts.guardian.co.uk/fridayreview/story/0,,1291427,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  13. ^ Giles, Jeff. "Comix Worst to Best". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/features/special/2007/comic/. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  14. ^ Walton, Alice M (May 4, 2005). "Spidey swings to Saturn victory". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117922134.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&query=%22Hellboy%22. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  15. ^ "The 20 Greatest Comic Book Movies". Empire. http://www.empireonline.com/features/comicbookfilms/default.asp#comicbookfilms. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  16. ^ Hettrick, Scott (May 31, 2004). "Hellboy takes quick route to DVD". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117905768.html?categoryid=20&cs=1&query=%22Hellboy%22. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  17. ^ Rose, Marla Matzer (August 5, 2004). "Hellboy burns way to top of rental chart". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000593777. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  18. ^ Arnold, Thomas K (July 26, 2004). "Studios big on double features". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2004-07-26-expanded-dvds_x.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  19. ^ Detailed Comparison between Theatrical release (PG-13) and Director's Cut

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Hellboy is a 2004 supernatural action-thriller film directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is based on the Dark Horse Comics work Hellboy: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola.



  • I hate those comic books. They never get the eyes right.
  • I'm a terrible shot but the Samaritan here uses really big bullets. What do you say we work this out in a nice peaceful — Oh, crap.
    • To Sammael
  • Waiting for me, chunk-face?
    • To Sammael
  • OPEN WIDE!!!
    • Breaking Sammael's lower jaw.
  • I'm fireproof. You're not.
    • To Sammael
  • Didn't I kill you already? You goddamned monster!
    • To Sammael
  • You missed!
    • To Sammael, before realizing a pillar is collapsing
  • How big can it be?
  • It's not — It's not what you think. Plus, you're nine. You're too young to be giving me advice.
  • Damn! Would you please be a little more careful?
  • Gonna be sore in the morning.
  • No cream and milk, moron. She takes it black. Told ya! Wait, she took his picture! DAMN!
  • What's a good strong word for need?

FBI Agent John Myers

  • Hellboy. He's real!
  • Are you gonna be okay? Alone?

Liz Sherman

  • I'm learning to control it. I'm learning where it comes from. For the first time in my life, I'm not afraid.
    • Letting her hand erupt into blue flame.
  • I don't like the term firestarter. I just don't.

Professor Bruttenholm

  • What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins — the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe?
  • The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic they intended to upset the balance of the war.
  • Abe possesses a unique frontal lobe. Unique — that is a word you'll hear frequently around here.
  • As you entered the lobby there was an inscription: "In the absence of light, darkness prevails." There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. And we are the ones who bump back.
    • Referring to the inscription in the lobby of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense: In Absentia Luci, Tenebrae Vincunt.


Abe Sapien: (About his Rubik's cube) Listen, I'm not much of a problem solver. Three decades... and I've only completed two sides.

Abe Sapien: Behind this door — a dark entity, evil, ancient, and hungry.
Hellboy: Oh, well. Let me go in and say hi.

John Myers: What the hell is that thing?
Hellboy [Peels off a tentacle latched to his arm] : Let me go ask.

Hellboy [being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher]: Hey! I'm on your side!
Train conductor: Sure! [hits him on the head again]

Professor Bruttenholm: In medieval stories, there is often a young knight who is inexperienced, but pure of heart.
John Myers: Oh, come on. I am not pure of heart.
Abe Sapien: Yes, you are.
Professor Bruttenholm: Rasputin is back for him. What I'm asking of you is to have the courage to stand by him when I am gone. He was born a demon; we can't change that. But you will help him, in essence, to become a man.

John Myers: Miss Sherman? Can I call you Liz? It's a beautiful name.
Liz Sherman: 60 percent of the women in the world are named Liz.
John Myers: Well, it's impressive by my standards. My name's John. John T. Myers. Dr. Bruttenholm asked me to invite you back to the Bureau.

Liz Sherman: In the dark I heard your voice, what did you say?
Hellboy: I said, "Hey, you, on the other side - let her go. Because for her I will cross over, and then you'll be sorry."

(Holding a corpse by a noose over his shoulder)

Hellboy: This is Ivan Klimatovich. Say hi, Ivan.
Ivan Klimatovich: (In Russian) Go that way, Red Monkey!

Hellboy: (Carrying the torso of the re-animated corpse over his shoulder) How you doing back there, Ivan?
Ivan Klimatovich: (In Russian) If I still had legs, I'd kick your ass!
Hellboy: (To fellow agent) Could you hold this guy for a while? He is so negative.

Ivan Klimatovich: (Last words, in Russian) I was better off dead!

Professor Bruttenholm: (Opening Narration) What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start. Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of history but change my life forever.

John Myers: (Closing Narration) What makes a man a man? A friend of mine once wondered. Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don't think so. It's the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them.

Professor Bruttenholm: (Talking to John Myers about the history of Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense) 1937: Hitler joins the Thule Society, a group of German aristocrats obsessed with the occult. In 1938, he acquired the spear of Longinus, which pierced the side of Christ. He who holds it becomes invincible. Hitler's power increases tenfold. 1943: President Roosevelt decides to fight back. The Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense is born. 1958: the Occult Wars finally come to an end with the death of Adolf Hitler.
John Myers: (Stops walking for a moment, pausing in thought) 1945, you mean. Hitler died in '45.
Professor Bruttenholm: (Amused) Did he now?

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