HELLBOY Shows His Horns in Latest Poster + Trailer Release Date Announced

One of Hellboy’s most iconic features are the stumps on his forehead where his tell-tale horns used to be. In the latest poster for 2019’s Hellboy reboot, however, the big red guy’s intimidating protrusions are fully-formed and looking extremely badass! Have a look for yourself below.

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The latest poster came with the announcement that the trailer for Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall and starring David Harbour, will hit the internet this Thursday, December 20th! We’ll be watching for it like hawks in order to share it with you the moment the trailer drops!

Synopsis:
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

In addition to Harbour, Hellboy stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Sasha Lane. Look for it to arrive in US theaters beginning April 12th.

Are you excited to see Neil Marshall’s Hellboy? What do you think of the latest poster and are you excited to check out the trailer on Thursday? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Brand New ‘Hellboy’ Poster Paves the Way for the Trailer Later This Week

A new poster for Neil Marshall‘s rated “R” reboot of Hellboy has come our way via IGN today, and they also break the news that the trailer is *finally* coming this week!

It’ll be here this Thursday, December 20th.

Check out the art below, spotlighting David Harbour‘s Hellboy, along with a new motion poster!

Also starring: Milla Jovovich as Nimue, the film’s villain; Ian McShane as Professor Broom; Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio; Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida; and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan with Sophie Okonedo (After Earth), Brian Gleeson (mother!) and Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

The new story sees the hero squaring off against a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.

Aron Coleite worked on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are the producers. Hellboy is being exec produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.

Hellboy returns on April 12, 2019.

‘Hellboy Winter Special 2018’: The Horror News Network Review

There are two thing that you can count on during the holiday season: there will always be left-over fruitcake and the arrival of a jolly, red faced, barrel-chested icon.  I am of course talking about Hellboy and his annual Winter Special.

This year’s 2018 collection contains three seasonal tales featuring a classic Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck collaboration featuring A New Year’s Eve seance gone wrong, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s return to B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new story entitled “Lost Ones”, and “The Empty Chair” starring Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic.

Mignola and Stenbeck’s “Happy New Year, Ava Galluci” captures all of the aspects that one expects in a Hellboy story: a wary, skeptical, sarcastic protagonist, individuals dabbling in forces that they can’t understand or control, and a slug fest of epic proportions.  This type of short story is a perfect primer for anyone unfamiliar with the character, and also the perfect way for them to get hooked.   It also highlights how “human” Hellboy is, much more so than the frivolous individuals attempting to conjure the dead.

Speaking of the dead, if you were to remove Hellboy from the story altogether, Stenbeck’s art beautifully conveys classic haunted house imagery such as long corridors, winding, rickety staircases, and sinister family portraits.  These set the scene (straight out of a Hammer Horror film) for the eventual appearance of our ghostly zombie and Stenbeck’s version in one of the best in recent memory, with all the signs of a watery grave riddled across his body.  “Ava Galluci” is a classic start to this collection.

“Lost Ones” shifts the focus to another classic horror setting: Bulgaria and a clash between traditions on the coldest day of winter.  While the vampiric Simon returns from B.P.R.D: Vampire, he is there more to mediate a conflict between the tri-goddess worshiping wise women (who some would call witches) and the fertility rite performed by the those swearing allegiance to a male god.  The masked men enter the forest in the form of Kukeri, a tradition found in this region similar to the Krampus marches of Germany and Austria.  Unlike the Krampus parades, the Kukeri celebrations (which are still performed today) are designed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a fruitful harvest in the spring.

 

Ba and Moon handle both the writing and art chores on this Vampire tie-in, and their distinct style is in direct contrast to Stenbeck’s detailed horror illustrations.  The men dressed in their Kukeri costumes almost seem like children at first (possibly a metaphor for their behavior) and when they face the wise women of the forest, they don’t seem any older or braver, especially when a giant bear and red-eyed vampire appear on the scene.  Their tale allows the Vampire series to continue in the future, but more importantly, “Lost Ones” provides an inside look at previously unknown winter traditions, another aspect of the Hellboy series and these specials in general.

Also handling both the art and scripting in his story, Tonci Zonjic’s returns to Lobster Johnson territory with “The Empty Chair”.  Zonjic’s story finds some typical 1930s gangsters plotting the demise of their rivals, intentionally using the Lobster’s signature “brand” to scare off and dispose of them.  As the Lobster quickly points out, there is no excuse for “plagiarized justice” and the chase is on.  Zonjic’s art is very cinematic and fluid, jumping from long shots of the city, to close ups of the faces of people like Vinny “The String, to wide angled sprints across roof tops.  The pacing of the story keeps up the brisk storytelling elements and any fan of pulp fiction heroes who was unfamiliar with Lobster Johnson before, won’t forget him after “The Empty Chair”.  Readers can only hope that we will see more Lobster stories by Zonjic in the future.

The Hellboy Winter Special 2018 comes in three editions with three different covers: the standard Mignola cover and two variants by Moon and Ba, respectively.     All issues are currently on sale at finer comic book shops everywhere.

 

 

 

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Hugely Positive Response from HELLBOY Test Screening in Los Angeles

UK film critic and academic Mr. H got the exclusive run-down on a recent test screening of Neil Marshall’s Hellboy that took place in Los Angeles. While test-screening reactions always need to be taken with a grain of salt, as they represent a version of a film that isn’t finalized yet. In this case, however, no one from Lionsgate should panic, because the response was overwhelmingly positive.

You can check out Mr. H’s complete rundown in the video above. I’ll keep it brief here for those of you who enjoy going to films knowing as little as possible. I will reveal that Mr. H’s insider is familiar with the source material, and praised Marshall for staying true. I also feel comfortable revealing that the version screened was violent as fuck and very liberal with profanity. It sounds like we’re in store for a real roller coaster when Hellboy arrives in theaters on April 12th.

As for a leaked trailer for Hellboy, which stars David Harbour as the big red guy, Lionsgate did an extremely efficient job keeping it corraled. Still, I don’t think it would be unreasonably optimistic to expect to see an official trailer release in the coming weeks—if not sooner!

Synopsis:
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

In addition to Harbour, Hellboy stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Sasha Lane. Stay tuned for additional details as news emerges!

Are you excited to see Neil Marshall’s Hellboy? Are you heartened to know that a test screener responded so positively? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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We Have the Release Information for Neil Marshall’s HELLBOY Trailer!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing the videos of UK film critic and academic Mr. H (especially since he’s gotten his hands on the notoriously hard-to-get screenplay for Clive Barker’s unmade 2014 Hellraiser remake). He’s returned the favor by passing on some exclusive information regarding the release date for the trailer for Neil Marshall’s Hellboy!

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According to his sources (which have always proven impeccable) the trailer for Hellboy 2019 will hit the internet in December; though an exact date remains elusive, history suggests the trailer will hit before Hollywood essentially shuts down between Christmas and New Year’s Eve—meaning it shouldn’t be more than a few more weeks.

A huge “Thank You” to Mr. H for the lead; check out some of his recent features in the links below.

Synopsis:
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Neil Marshall directs from a script penned by Andrew Cosby and, in addition to David Harbour as Hellboy, the movie will star Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Thomas Haden Church. Look for it to hit US theaters beginning April 12th, 2019

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Are you excited to see Hellboy in 2019? Are you stoked for the trailer to arrive sometime in December? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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New Photo Emerges of David Harbour in ‘Hellboy’

Our friends at Empire revealed a new photo of David Harbour as the titular character in the upcoming Hellboy movie. The still shows Hellboy seemingly preparing for battle as he moves through some sort of tunnel.

“It was always a case of, ‘When in doubt, go back to the source material.’ Some of the stuff is pretty sick,” director Neil Marshall tells Empire in the January 2019 issue. “More violent and more bloody. We weren’t making it with handcuffs on.”

Milla Jovovich will play opposite of Harbour in the role of Nimue the Blood Queen, an evil sorceress who wishes to wipe mankind off the face of the earth. Other cast members include Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, and Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida.

The film is set to premiere on April 12, 2019. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for the latest on Hellboy.

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David Harbour Looks Incredibly Badass in New ‘Hellboy’ Image

Director Neil Marshall (The Descent) is going much darker than Guillermo del Toro did with his upcoming Hellboy, a rated “R” reboot starring David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) as the title character. In a new chat with Empire, Marshall promises that his Hellboy will indeed be much more violent and bloody than any Hellboy film we’ve seen to date.

We weren’t making it with handcuffs on,” Marshall told the site.

Check out a kickass new image below.

The new date for Hellboy is April 12, 2019.

Also starring: Milla Jovovich as Nimue, the film’s villain; Ian McShane as Professor Broom; Daniel Dae Kim as Major Ben Daimio; Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida; and Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan with Sophie Okonedo (After Earth), Brian Gleeson (mother!) and Alistair Petrie (The Night Manager, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

The new story sees the hero squaring off against a medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy humankind.

Aron Coleite worked on the latest draft of a script by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin and Mike Richardson are the producers. Hellboy is being exec produced by Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman, and Carl Hampe.

Test-Screening Reactions for HELLBOY 2019 Leaked Online—And They Aren’t Good

Despite being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, it’s becoming more and more common for test-screeners of upcoming films to leak their reactions. Such has been the case for The New Mutants, The Predator, Halloween, and The Grudge. Now, test-screener reactions to the upcoming Hellboy reboot are finding their way online—and they’re none too good.

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As always, I’d be remiss if I didn’t put the nature of test-screenings into proper context: Text-screening are a common part of the post-production filmmaking process, and producers usually screen intentionally unfinished cuts. It’s a way to gauge what’s working and what isn’t, giving producers time for fine-tuning—or major overhauls.

That said, the reactions to the test-screenings of 2019’s Hellboy are, at least, cause for concern. Give the video recap from Mr. H a spin below for all the details. If you can’t stream, here’s the bottom line in a nutshell: David Harbour does an adequate job as the titular Hellboy, but the script and the main villain are underwhelming.

It’s also worth noting that, despite releasing a trailer for Hellboy weeks ago at New York Comic-Con, it has yet to be released online. This is another red flag, one that seems to indicate the studio may even be attempting to bury the film. Time will tell.

Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall, is slated for release on April 12th; in addition to Harbour, the film stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Sasha Lane.

Do negative reactions to test screenings of 2019’s Hellboy have you nervous? Are you taking more of a wait and see attitude? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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Halloween ComicFest 2018 Returns on Saturday October 27

Fans of comics, Halloween, and free stuff will want to check out this year’s Halloween ComicFest (HCF) which will feature 34 free comic book titles.  The 8th Annual event will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at participating comic stores across the nation.

According to the official press release “Of the 34 titles available, 22 are Full Size and 12 are Mini Comics. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 27th. The Mini Comics will also be available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October, which are perfect to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.”

Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Ashton Greenwood stated that “The comics available this year reflect a broad range of tastes. The All-Ages Mini Comics feature popular characters like Rocky & Bullwinkle, Archie, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while the Full-Size Comics feature well-known properties like Hellblazer, Spider-Man, and Goosebumps!  Halloween ComicFest is the perfect time to introduce friends and families to the wonders of comic shops, and experience them as premiere destinations for Halloween fun!”

Other titles of note include: Jughead: The Hunger (Archie Comics), Garth Ennis and Goran Zudzuka’s new title A Walk Through Hell (AfterShock Comics),  Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection Sampler (Viz Media), Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Phantom Hand and the Kelpie (Dark Horse), and Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight (IDW) among others.

Goon artist extraordinaire, Eric Powell, provided the official artwork for the t-shirt for the event and he stated that “It was a pleasure to design this year’s Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt! Monsters, zombies, and vampires all live in the pages of comic books and that makes comics and comic book shops a critical part of the Halloween experience. I wanted my t-shirt design to reflect comic shops as both a staple of the community and a destination for spooky Halloween fun.”  Eric Powell’s mini-version of his horror anthology Spook House will also be available at the event.

Remember that not all of the titles may be available at your local store (although the major companies are always represented by participating stores, as a rule of thumb, the bigger stores usually carry a more diverse selection of titles).   You may want to call ahead if there is a certain free comic that you are interested in. Find a participating store in your area at the official HCF website. 

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David Harbour and the Cast of ‘Hellboy’ Discuss Key Aspects of the Film at NYCC 2018 Panel

The Hellboy panel at New York Comic Con pleased fans with a first glimpse at Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot (and the secret footage will hopefully be released for everyone who wasn’t at the panel soon) and offered some candid comments from the cast and Marshall himself.

The panel featured David Harbour, Milla Jovovich (via satellite), Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane and Mike Mignola.  One of the main topics discussed was the difference between the new film and the earlier Guillermo Del Toro films, and one of the main differences seems to be a more ‘faithful” take on the character and his comic book roots according to Mignola.  The original creator stated that “I’m really excited to be part of those conversations. This version is so close to the comic that we will be able to go back to the comic to pick what happens next.”  Mignola was also praised Marshall, saying “It was actually very sweet, when the producers were initially talking about Neil, they asked me if I would write an email and tell him that I wanted him to do the movie.  I was like, ‘What the hell would he care what I think?’ But I think he was really appreciative.”

Kim, who plays Ben Daimio in the film (after Ed Skrein was removed from the role due to a “white-washing” controversy), said that the film is “… a little darker and it’s a little funnier. Neil is a very funny man, and that’s something that a lot of people don’t get to see.”

Harbour, taking over the role from the original Hellboy, Ron Perlman, recognized that he would have tough shoes to fill, and claimed that he “…was nervous because Ron’s iconic and he’s a great Hellboy. So I was like, I’m not going to imitate that. I’m going to do my own thing because I do not do what he does. My approach was a little bit more down and dirty. My Hellboy feels a little younger. He’s got hair, which is a big thing. He’s got a lot more inner turmoil, he’s a little more lost in the universe. He’s got more what I bring.”

Harbour also stressed that the new film “…has a completely different feel. I want to get to the core of Mike’s stuff, which to me is horror, even an existential kind of horror. It has a bit more of a Mignola feel rather than a Guillermo del Toro feel.”

Harbour also believes that Marshall is “a really great director, for horror stuff especially. He knows how to do scares and monsters, which is so great for this. At its core, it’s a monster movie, more than it is a superhero movie.”

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’s new release date is April 12, 2019.

 

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