Blood & Jokes Galore in New Hellboy Trailer, But Is It Good?

Blood flows freely and effortlessly in this newly released red band trailer for Hellboy, a new film adaptation based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola. Previously represented on screen by Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the character of Hellboy gets another go at a movie adaption with this latest Lionsgate release. R-rated, this new edition is heavy on gore and four-letter words, as well as some hints of nudity. And did anyone else notice the prominent, orchestral rendition of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’?

 

This Hellboy is a stand-alone film is reported to be chock-full of lots of adults only humor (Deadpool anyone?). He’s a bit clownish in this trailer, especially when dealing with his enemy, Nimue the Queen of Blood (played by Milla Jovovich).  David Harbour (Stranger Things) is underneath all the red makeup, in the titular role.

 

Sophie Okonedo, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, and Thomas Haden Church round out the cast. Furthermore, this reboot was directed by Neil Marshall, (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), who recently directed several episodes of Game of Thrones.

The film is about Hellboy going to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin’s consort and the Blood Queen. But their battle will bring about the end of the world, a fate he desperately tries to turn away.

 

Looks great! But according to some reports, the first reactions are being reported on and it’s not promising. The news comes from DanielRPK who heard from some audience members that were in attendance at the test screening for the film. He says that the reactions have been “pretty bad.” Hopefully the filmmakers have had some time to correct any shortcomings those early screening may have contained. I think this is a great character.

 

I guess we’ll know next month when Hellboy is released in theaters on April 12th, 2019.

 

Meghan Murphy

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