Boy, what gore and hell

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Boy, what gore and hell

Sunday, 14 April 2019 | Shalini Saksena

Boy, what gore and hell


*ing: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Thomas Haden Church

Rated: 4.5/10

The last Hellboy movie released back in 2004. Back then it had Ron Pelmar playing the lead. This time it is David Harbour. Then there was the 2008 prequel to 2019. While the fans of the Dark Horse Comics may rejoice on their character coming to life once again, the uninitiated people are going to cringe every second as the film progresses.

There are a number of reasons for this. First, the gore. The first shot of the movie should have been a dead give away — a crow plucking out an eye of a dead soldier back in 517 AD with King Arthur — yes, the King Arthur and his 12 men — almost brought to his knees by the Blood Queen. The name is enough to let you know what is about to unfold. The fact that blood flows out of bodies like a fountain should not be a surprise. But Hellboy sure manages to do so every time one sees a body and its head being ripped apart by some of the ugliest monsters ever to be seen in a film.

One would have thought that given the advancement in technology the monsters would get tech savvy. The only aspect where technology is at work here is that these monsters are the ugliest till date. Huge worts, horrendous teeth, disgusting faces, the list is endless. Even their weapons are outdated — still using a hammer or an axe to kill humans? But there is a bright spot. Among them is our boy from hell — Hellboy. One can in fact call him almost handsome if lined up with the monsters that the Blood Queen wants to unleash on the 21st century England. Unfortunately the gore and macabre that follows is too close for comfort. But if blood and headless bodies are your idea of entertainment, this one would top the list.                          

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