Year: 2004
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Writer: Guillermo Del Toro.Mike Mignola
Cast: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair
On a remote, windswept Scottish island near the end of World War II, the Nazis are about to test their new ultimate super-weapon, a portal that will open a doorway to hell itself and give (of all people) the ongoing spirit of Grigori Rasputin strength to lead them to victory using the forces of darkness.

US marines, led by a young occultist, stop the Nazis in the nick of time and close the portal, but not before letting a single demon through - a strange baby with an oversized fist that the scientist adopts as an son.

In the present day, the grown Hellboy (Perlman) along with a small band of similarly unusual creatures, are soldiers in a top secret FBI division that fights the paranormal. The story deals with the ongoing mission of Rasputin, a creepy demigod (in the form of a half dog, half squid-like beast) awakened from sleep that duplicates itself every time one is killed, and the Bureau or Paranormal Defense charged with stopping them.

Nothing about Hellboy stands out further than any other action movie so far this year. The comedy is funny but not side splitting, the action solid but not breakneck, and the story flows but doesn't really engage.

Del Toro looks to be slacking off for the money this time around, but it's worth a look if you're a fan of the genre.

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