Hellboy II: The Golden Army

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Hellboy 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Written by Screenplay:
Guillermo del Toro
Story:
Mike Mignola
Guillermo del Toro
Comic Book:
Mike Mignola
Starring Ron Perlman
Doug Jones
Selma Blair
Jeffrey Tambor
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Edited by Bernat Vilaplana
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
July 11, 2008[1]
Running time
110 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 film directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is a sequel to 2004's Hellboy, also directed by del Toro. Hellboy II: The Golden Army is written by Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola. Universal Pictures finances and distributes the film, which has a target release date for July 11, 2008. The Film is Rated PG-13 for sequences of Sci-fi action and violence and some language.

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so as Hellboy and his team returns they must save the world from the rebellious creatures. Now, as the creatures who inhabit the spiritual realm gear-up for an all out attack on the human plane, the only one capable of saving the Earth is a tough-talking hellspawn rejected by both worlds.

Cast

Actor Role
Ron Perlman Hellboy
Selma Blair Liz Sherman
Doug Jones Abe Sapien
The Angel of Death
The Chamberlain
Wizard[2]
Jeffrey Tambor Tom Manning
John Hurt Trevor Bruttenholm
Luke Goss Prince Nuada
Anna Walton Princess Nuala
John Alexander Johann Kraus [3]
Seth MacFarlane Johann Kraus (voice)[4]
Roy Dotrice King Balor[3]
Brian Steele Troll
Mr. Wink
Map Shop Owner
Fragglewump[3]

Production

In May 2004, the sequel to Hellboy entered development at Revolution Studios with the first film's writer-director Guillermo del Toro returning with producers Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson, and Lloyd Levin. The comic book creator of Hellboy, Mike Mignola, was reported to develop a story with del Toro for the sequel, with actor Ron Perlman to reprise the role of Hellboy.[5] The following September, del Toro expressed interest in making Hellboy into a trilogy with Mignola, with the first sequel slated for a 2006 release.[6]

In August 2006, with Hellboy II being orphaned by the now-defunct Revolution Studios, the studio Universal Pictures acquired the project to be slotted for a summer 2008 release. Production was slated to begin in April 2007 in Budapest and London.[7] del Toro, who had been in negotiations to film Halo, instead chose to stay with Hellboy II for "artistic and personal reasons."[8] In October 2006, del Toro shared his plan to recreate the classic versions of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man.[9] The director also reiterated plans for a third Hellboy to create a trilogy.[10]

With the success of del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, the director was able to fast-track production of the sequel to Hellboy.[2] Guillermo del Toro began filming Hellboy II in June 2007 in Budapest and concluded in December 2007.[11] The official trailer for Hellboy II was available from Thursday, December 20th.

Neil Gaiman spent several days on the set to get pointers on directing from del Toro for use in his own upcoming directorial debut, Death and Me.[12]

In February 2007, Mignola described the story he had developed with del Toro as one that focused on folklore and fairy tales, rather than the more pulp elements of the first film.

Music

Hellboy II: The Golden Army Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Danny Elfman
Released March 23, 2004
Genre Soundtrack
Length 57:15
Label Varese Sarabande

The soundtrack was composed by Danny Elfman and is due to be released on July 15, 2008.[14]

Track listing

  1. "Introduction" (3:37)
  2. "Hellboy II Titles" (1:18)
  3. "Training" (1:50)
  4. "The Auction House" (2:28)
  5. "Hallway Cruise" (1:35)
  6. "Where Fairies Dwell" (4:16)
  7. "Teleplasty" (1:21)
  8. "Mein Herring" (1:05)
  9. "Father and Son" (6:02)
  10. "A Link" (1:29)
  11. "A Troll Market" (1:21)
  12. "Market Troubles" (3:41)
  13. "A Big Decision" (1:10)
  14. "The Last Elemental" (4:11)
  15. "The Spear" (1:47)
  16. "A Dilemma" (2:55)
  17. "Doorway" (3:35)
  18. "A Choise" (3:58)
  19. "In the Army Chamber" (5:47)
  20. "Finale" (3:49)

Promotion

Instead of television spots showing scenes from the film, humorous adverts were aired depicting Hellboy appearing on Ghost Hunters; being interviewed by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio; playing video games with Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) from Chuck; visiting the set of American Gladiators; auditioning for a high school event; and hosting a public service announcement with a cat.[15]

Reception

As of July 3 2008, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 100% of critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average score of 7.8/10, based upon a sample of 11 reviews.[16]

References

  1. ^ "The Mummy and Hellboy 2 Switch Dates". ComingSoon.net. 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2007-07-27. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b Larry Carroll (2007-02-13). "Pan's Labyrinth Duo Use Oscar Clout To Make Hellboy II Their Way". VH1. Retrieved 2007-11-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Del Toro Films - Guillermo Del Toro Fansite - GDT Announces Hellboy 2 Cast
  4. ^ Update: Del Toro on The Hobbit, Hellboy II & New Project
  5. ^ Stax (2004-05-14). "Hellboy II Confirmed!". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Brian Linder (2004-09-02). "Guillermo, Blair Talk Hellboy Sequel". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Michael Fleming (2006-08-03). "'Hellboy' in U turn". Variety. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ Gabriel Snyder (2006-08-09). "Tyro helmer wears 'Halo'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Scott Collura (2006-10-16). "Exclusive: Hellboy vs. the Universal Monsters?". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Scott Collura (2006-10-16). "Exclusive: Hellboy 2 Leads to Hellboy 3". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Andy Serwin (2007-08-28). "'HELLBOY 2' UPDATE". Wizard Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-11-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Del Toro Wants Gaiman On Death
  13. ^ Richard George (2007-02-15). "Interview: Hellboy's Mike Mignola". IGN. Retrieved 2007-02-20. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ SoundtrackCollector - Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  15. ^ "Who All Got to Meet Hellboy this Week?". Superhero Hype!. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  16. ^ "Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2008-07-03.

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