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  Hellboy Review  

In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Christened 'Hellboy' - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil as part of the U.S governments Paranormal defence department. There he is aided by Abe Sapien - a telepathic fish-man, and Liz Sherman - a Pyrokinetic.

With the recent releases of Spider-man, X-men and the Daredevil movies, the adaptation of Mike Mignola's 'Hellboy' has a lot to live up to, but it succeeds well in bringing these characters to the big screen.

Ron Perlman as Hellboy is the perfect casting - facially very similar to the character anyway, it only takes some red makeup and a set of horns for him to bring the character (similar to a 40's U.S. G.I. with a sarcastic sense of humour) believably to life as a lovelorn hero.

With a supporting cast that includes John Hurt, the only loss to the film for me was the lack of use of Abe Sapian (voiced by an uncredited David Hyde Pierce of Fraiser Fame), who's character seems to vanish completely towards the end of the film.

Overall an enjoyable family movie that everyone will enjoy.

Review by Paul