Created as the result of a terrifying Nazi experiment in 1944, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) has been raised by his mentor Dr Broom (John Hurt) to be a force for good. Now they work for the top-secret Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, hunting down monsters that threaten public safety. But the Bureau's director Dr Manning (Jeffrey Tambor) is increasingly frustrated that his large red agent keeps appearing on the news, so he enlists a young FBI agent, John Myers (Rupert Evans) to "nursemaid" Hellboy and keep him in check. The mad monk Rasputin (Karel Roden), who was involved in the 1944 incident, is back and determined to unleash an awful wrath on the world. Even as this menace is building though, Myers and Dr Broom have trouble keeping Hellboy focused, as he pines for Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a fire-starter and former Bureau member.
Another comic book adaptation hits the big screen – Hellboy – directed by Guillermo del Toro, a long time fan of Mike Mignola's cult comics series. Ron Perlman gives a perfectly deadpan performance as Hellboy – a world weary, sensitive and loveable demon, whose mission is to fight evil monsters. This could have been a predictable good versus evil, effects driven film, but remaining true to its comic book roots, Hellboy is funny, pulpy and appealing.