Some good things are on their way for us horror freaks.
Ya’ll probably already know that Neil Marshall is making a new ‘Hellboy’ movie, and apparently, he is bringing up all of those dark and terrifying things we love about our Boy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, but that ugly red dude wasn’t born a damn hero! He was born a demon, but it seems that everyone forgot that due to del Toro’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious version of Hellboy. I actually like del Toro’s other work; I‘m just not a fan of his version of our favorite horror comic book hero…Well, he’s not my personal favorite, but I know many of you perceive him as the best horror superhero, or antihero, EVER, so I thought the usage of plural would be fitting.
Anyway, Neil Marshall is bringing his well-known magic into this one. He forever bought me with ‘Dog Soldiers’ back in 2002, and I’ve had nothing but respect and admiration for his work ever since. Debut films that good are very rare and Marshall made it clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with. ‘The Descent’ (2005) is probably one of the most innovative and best horror movies ever made, and ‘Lost in Space’ (2008) is the kind of high quality binge-watch material we haven’t had in years. So, needless to say, we can rightfully expect a lot from the next Hellboy installment.
Mike Mignola, the man behind the Boy, wrote the script together with his buddies Andrew Cosby (‘Eureka,’ ‘Haunted’) and Christopher Golden (‘Ghosts of Albion,’ ‘Baltimore’). Aron Coleite (‘Heroes,’ ‘Ultimate X-Men’) also worked on the latest draft of the script. These are some huge names in the comic book universe, so we are guaranteed to have loads of fun with this one. Mignola said it himself:
“The idea with this one was to make it play much less like a superhero film, to downplay the superhero elements even more than del Toro did. This one is much more folklore/mythology/horror, and not “big team rushing into to do battle with whatever kind of stuff”.”
Rejoice, people, Hellboy is finally getting acknowledged for what he truly is.
Although I don’t like del Toro’s version of Hellboy, I must say that Ron Perlman did a great job portraying him. His moodiness and snarky sarcasm were on point, and so was his brooding masculinity. In this reboot, David Harbour(‘Stranger Things’) will be starring as Hellboy. I found this interesting description of him on Rotten Tomatoes: “A square-jawed, stark countenanced actor whose features naturally projected more than a passing undercurrent of menace.” Whoever wrote this, said it all. Harbour is the perfect choice to play Hellboy. The delightful Milla Jovovich will be starring as Nimue, the villain, Ian McShane will be playing the eccentric Professor Broom, and gorgeous Penelope Mitchell will be starring as Ganeida. Since del Toro’s Hellboy movies were both mega-successes, this crew has some big shoes to fill, and so far, it sounds promising. Just so we’re clear, del Toro’s movies were both critically acclaimed and box-office hits, I just thought they were too clean. That’s solely my opinion, but both movies are worth watching,
For those of you who were born in this millennium, but are interested in some good stuff, Hellboy is a half-demon from Hell, who was born as a baby on Earth on October 5th. This whole shebang happened thanks to evil Nazi occultists. Hellboy’s real name is Anung Un Rama. Some say it means “and upon his brow is set a crown of flame”, others say it stands for “from the abyss I am the light”. I have no idea how to properly translate it, so let’s just say that there’s some kind of light in there somewhere. Anyways, the baby was found by a crack team of American soldiers who were sent to investigate the weird Nazi ritual. They were accompanied by professor Bruttenholm of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. He befriended the baby and christened him Hellboy. Hellboy was raised in secret and trained to be a paranormal investigator. And the rest is history.
In the end, I owe you an expose, right? I really admire the idea of Hellboy, and the whole concept of half-demon being a hero is awesome, but my favorite horror comic book hero is Spawn. Spawn is also getting a reboot, but we’ll talk about that on some other occasion. We don’t want to steal Hellboy’s well-deserved spotlight.