One of the most exciting events at New York Comic-Con this year was the Hellboypanel, in which star David Harbour (Stranger Things), his co-stars Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) and Sasha Lane (American Honey), and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola presented fans with the first trailer for the upcoming movie reboot. Directed by Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers), the movie pits Hellboy against Nimue, the Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich), an ancient sorceress who is hell-bent on revenge and the destruction of mankind.
Hellboy faces the challenge of winning over audiences after two well-liked Hellboy moves from director Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman in the title role, but fans seem to be open to this new take and excited to see what Harbour can bring to the role. During the panel, the actor described Marshall’s Hellboy as “a monster movie right out of Frankenstein, updated for 2018.” It will have more of a monster movie tone that emphasizes the horror elements, in contrast to the fantasy tone of del Toro’s movies. We’ve pieced together descriptions of the trailer from several sources to give those who weren’t able to attend an idea of what to expect when Hellboy arrives in theaters next year.
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The trailer opened with a scene in which Hellboy arriving at a crime scene, with cops surrounding a building. When Hellboy exits his vehicle a panicking SWAT officer shoots at him and Hellboy, annoyed, yells “I’m on your side!” The officer apologizes, replying, “My bad.” From there, the footage launched into a collection of brief clips set to Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony.”
- A series of clips introduce the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD), which Ian McShane’s Professor Bruttenholm describes as, “The line in the sand, we fight against the forces of darkness.”
- The BPRD arrive at their secret headquarters in England, whose front is a quaint little shop. Hellboy is skeptical, and Kim’s Ben Daimio asks him if he expected it to be labelled “Secret Headquarters.” When they go in, the old lady behind the counter asks Hellboy for ID and he asks, “Are you serious?”
- Hellboy is asked if his Hand of Doom can do anything special. He replies, “It smashes things real good,” and then offers a demonstration.
- Ben Daimio isn’t too happy when he first meets Hellboy, saying, “I thought we were fighting monsters, not working with them.” Hellboy retorts, “Who you calling monster, pal? You look in the mirror recently, Scarface?” In another clip, Hellboy calls Ben an “asshole.” It seems like there’ll be a fair bit of friction between these two.
- Hellboy wonders aloud if he’s nothing more than a weapon, and Professor Bruttenholm tells him that he wants him to be the best version of himself that he can be.
- Professor Bruttenholm gives Hellboy his gun, the Good Samaritan. Hellboy cocks the gun and comments, “Some parents get their kids LEGOS.”
- Hellboy and Alice (Lane) are seen fighting side-by-side in a setting that resembles a factory, with Bruttenhol saying in voiceover, “You are our last and only hope.”
- Hellboy interrupts a ritual being held by the Blood Queen, sardonically asking her, “Did I interrupt?” She replies, “No, you’re right on time.”
- There’s plenty of action, including one particularly bloody clip of someone getting shot in the head and gore splattering towards the camera, emphasizing that this will be an R-rated affair.
- The trailer ends with an impressive shot of Hellboy in his full demonic glory, rising from a pit with his flaming sword and crown. The crowd went crazy when they saw this.
You can expect to see an emphasis on practical effects over CGI in the movie, with Harbour even throwing a little shade at Thanos when comparing his character with the big purple villain of Avengers: Infinity War. Harbour quickly amended that by saying that he thinks Infinity War is “a great movie,” but went on to say, “I do lament that [Hollywood] uses a lot of CGI right now, and I love the practical stuff.”
Unfortunately the trailer was not released online, so it may be a while before everyone else gets a look at Harbour’s version of the character in action. However, the positive response from fans in attendance definitely has us excited for this one, so hopefully Lionsgate won’t keep us waiting for a trailer much longer.