“the Tandoori-red anti-hero with the serious cigar habit”

Reading through the list of films by Guillermo del Toro I realised that I’ve seen, and enjoyed, most of his work as far back as Cronos – even Mimic. Although Pan’s Labyrinth has been sitting on my DVD to-watch pile for some time.. I might give it a spin this weekend. The Irish Times also has an interview with the director of Hellboy II : The Golden Army ahead of its release – next Friday in the Republic of Ireland apparently. And if Peter Bradshaw’s review in the Guardian is anything to go by, and it usually is, Hellboy II will be sitting on that to-watch pile before long. Of course, if I knew my Hellboy history [or read a newspaper – Ed] I would have found this line from Bradshaw’s review less surprising – “The battle against Prince Nuada, which is to lead to Co Antrim in Northern Ireland..” And they, cleverly, allow me to embed the trailer. Although, since it does auto-load, I’ve put it below the fold.If you don’t want it to run, just hit the pause button.

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  • The Raven

    The combination of the surrealist del Toro, and Mignola’s Hellboy should make for quite a show. Get Pan’s Labyrinth on, Pete – you won’t be disappointed.

    While there’s been quite a plethora of comic/film cross-overs lately, Hellboy is fairly much outside the mainstream, but has a large fanbase among the comic-freaks. This should be entertaining.

    Anybody interested in doing a little bit of pre-film catch-up, Forbidden Planet usually has a wide selection of Mignola’s work in stock. If you were a fan of Weird Tales and the like (before my time), you should enjoy them.

  • Pete Baker

    Raven

    This weekend I will probably be mostly watching the Olympics. But I will watch it when I can find time.

    “The combination of the surrealist del Toro, and Mignola’s Hellboy should make for quite a show.”

    The first time out it certainly did.

  • The Raven

    £5.98?? Bargain – cheers for that!!!!

  • Pete Baker

    Heh.

    Not even I could resist that price.

  • Garibaldy

    I have to say that I read all the reviews of the first Hellboy calling it the best comic adaption ever etc. And was deeply, deeply disappointed, so I’ll take Bradshaw’s review with a serious pinch of salt. Blade II on the other hand was awesome.

  • Driftwood

    Sadly
    I watched Enron- The Smartest Guys in the Room last night, bloody good though. I take it Hellboy has nothing to do with Clive Barker?

  • The Raven

    Driftwood – another excellent movie, there.

    Gari – as far as I know there is no connection between CB and Hellboy.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “The battle against Prince Nuada, which is to lead to Co Antrim in Northern Ireland..”

    Prince Nuada played by Luke Goss …yer man who was one half of the twins and bubble gum pop band called Bros? ……and who once played the Frankenstein monster?

    Prince Nuada from old gaelic Irish legends and lore is depicted in this movie speaking with a quintessential upper class English accent?

    Spiffing!