Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Karel Roden, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor, Biddy Hodson
So, yeah, I didn't finish this series before Pacific Rim came out last weekend. Last week was a bit crazy for me and I had to end up putting this retrospective on hold. Time was not something that was available for me to have to complete it. I could have written about the last 3 entries in this series without viewing them, yes. But to be true to my restrospective format, I like to enter each essay coming off a fresh viewing of the film I'm discussing. I don't ever want to get away from that. And being that the last 3 films in this series are kinda lengthy, I needed the time to A) watch them and B) write about them. Lots of things piled up last week and I had to prioritize and I wasn't able to fit them in. But, alas, I'm back and hopefully can finish this off this week. I don't plan on something like this happening again, but you never know.
Hellboy is essentially a good 'ol monster mash-up romp. Its a dark, supernatural adventure that doesn't have to take itself too seriously, but manages to keep some higher stakes. The film manages to be both colorful and grim at the same time. And one thing to take note is that del Toro's idea of a city plagued by supernatural terror tends to look similar. Take a look at Mimic, Blade II and Hellboy and you'll see what I'm getting at.
Aaron and Scott about how the summer of 2008 and 1989 were reflective of each other (think Batman, Indiana Jones and James Bond...I'll provide details if you want them) someone asked "What was the Ghostbusters II" and Aaron said Hellboy II. And really, when I saw the film this time, it really was a modern Ghostbusters taken to a fully supernatural state. The investigation scenes and such were comical while keeping eerily tense at the same time. Then when the discovery happened stuff would go haywire. But in Hellboy it was just amped up x1000. If you like Ghostbusters and never have given the Hellboy movies a shot, try it out. Maybe you'll see this connection.
Next on the late list for me to catch up on: Pan's Labyrinth