Hellboy (2004 franchise)
Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
"From the dark side to our side; sent to destroy, here to protect." A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness, in this franchise consisting of two feature films, an animated series, graphic novels, and other media.
- Release Date: 2004-present
- Country/Language: US/Spain/Germany, English (with Russian, German, Demonic, Goblin, etc.)
- Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
- Starring: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair
- Director: Guillermo del Toro
- Writer: Guillermo del Toro
- Producer/Production Co: Revolution Studios, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Starlite Films, Universal Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment, Internationale Filmproduktion
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- Rated: PG-13 (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- Ss___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian)
The franchise creators consider H.P. Lovecraft to be a huge influence over their work, and several of the monsters and creatures seem to have been at least partly inspired by Lovecraft's bizarre monsters; for example, the Ogdru Jahad can be compared to Great Old Ones. Creatures that seem to be identical with Lovecraft's Elder Things appear in background scenes, perhaps as in-joke "Easter Eggs" for sharp-eyed fans to spot (Guillermo Del Toro was planning to film At the Mountains of Madness (ficton) at the time; a throw-away line of dialogue also mentions that a character with the same name as a character from Lovecraft's story had recently left on a polar expedition).
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
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Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)
- HELLBOY (2004) - At the end of World War II, the Nazis attempt to open a portal to a paranormal dimension in order to defeat the Allies, but are only able to summon a baby demon who is rescued by Allied forces and dubbed "Hellboy". Sixty years later, Hellboy serves as an agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, where he, aided by Abe Sapien, a merman with psychic powers, and Liz Sherman, a woman with pyrokinesis, protects America against dark forces.
- HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008) - Hellboy, his pyrokinetic girlfriend, and aquatic empath, Abe Sapien, face their biggest battle when an underworld prince plans to reclaim Earth for his magical kindred. Tired of living in the shadow of humans, Prince Nuada tries to awaken an ancient army of killing machines to clear the way for fantasy creatures to roam free. Only Hellboy can stop the dark prince and prevent humanity's annihilation.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
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- setting: Weird World Ware
- setting: Dreamlands
- film: compare to Pan's Labyrinth (2006 film) by the same film-makers, in much the same style and tone
- race: Elder Thing (appears in a couple scenes, in the BPRD headquarters and in the Troll Market)
- deity: Sammael
- character: Grigori Rasputin
- character: Abe Sapien (Deep One)
- character: Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (a sort of clockwork Lich)
- character: Prince Nuada and Princess Nuala (Faeries)
- race: assorted Goblins, Angels, Trolls, Faeries, and other such creatures
- location: Troll Market
- location: Bethmoora (mentioned in dialogue, a reference to the Dreamlands fiction of Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron Dunsany
- organization Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD)
- organization The Thule Society
- race: Ogdru Jahad (compare to Great Old Ones )