The second Hellboy trailer offers a better look at director Neil Marshall's R-rated reboot of the supernatural comic book movie franchise. Created by Mike Mignola, the comics follow the adventures of Hellboy, a half-demon who was summoned to earth as a child to bring about the end of days, but chooses to reject his destiny and help the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BRPD) keep the forces of darkness at bay.
Guillermo del Toro directed a pair of Hellboy movies in the 2000s, but his second film (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) wasn't successful enough to get a more expensive third and final installment green-lit. Eventually, the decision was made to reboot the property, with Marshall directing and David Harbor - who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper on Stranger Things - taking over as Hellboy from Ron Perlman. Lionsgate officially got the reboot's marketing underway last December, with the release of a trailer featuring Habour and his costars Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Milla Jovovich.
Lionsgate has now released a second Hellboy trailer online, following Mignola's announcement on social media earlier today. The comic book writer also unveiled a new poster for the film as part of his Twitter post, which you can check out after the trailer below.
The Hellboy red band trailer strikes a very different chord than the first trailer, which was set to Billy Idol's cover of "Mony, Mony" and focused on the film's comedy. This new preview starts out by recounting Hellboy's origins and even shows him being brought to earth by the Nazis as a child. The remainder of the trailer highlights the movie's various monsters, including Nimue the Blood Queen (Jovovich): an ancient sorceress who returns to wreak havoc on earth in the present-day, with a little (unwilling) assistance from Hellboy.
Marshall's reboot received an official R rating this week and with good reason. The red band trailer alone features several shots of monsters either being slaughtered or reducing humans to a bloody pulp, in addition to clips of Hellboy dropping F-bombs and other sorts of "mature" language. Marshall is known for making R-rated genre fare like Dog Soldiers and The Descent, so this approach should play to his strengths as a storyteller. Whether the film's creature designs will be able to hold a candle to the richly-detailed monsters from del Toro's Hellboy movies, however, is another matter.
- Hellboy (2019) release date: Apr 12, 2019