(Spoilers) Video Explores the Surprising Origins of HELLBOY’s Flaming Sword

In Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy movies, the titular big red guy’s weapon of choice appeared to be a huge revolver. When we got our first look at the new Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall and starring David Harbour, however, our anti-hero is wielding a flaming sword. Fans who aren’t familiar with the source material (Mike Mignola’s graphic novels) wondered about this fiery weapon, and one of our favorite UK film critics, Mr. H, has produced a video that explores the sword’s surprising origins.

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To sum it up in a single sentence, Hellboy’s sword is Excalibur, the same weapon wielded by King Arthur. Whether this will be a plot point in the upcoming film (or even addressed at all) remains to be seen. We’re expecting our first trailer for Hellboy this Thursday, so stay tuned for all related details as news emerges.

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.

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Are you excited to see Neil Marshall’s Hellboy? What do you think of the history of Hellboy’s flaming sword? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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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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Writer/Director & Star of SLAY BELLES Talk Christmas Horror, Indie vs Big Budget Filmmaking & HELLBOY 2019

Thanks for checking out the third and final installment of Dread Central’s exclusive interview with the writer/director and star of the Christmas-themed horror comedy Slay Belles, Spooky Dan Walker and Kristina Klebe respectively. If you missed Part 1 (which featured Barry Bostwick) and/or Part 2 (“The Missing Cast Member Caper”), you can find them in the links below.

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Today, we talk about Christmas horror movies in general and what makes the holiday such an unlikely yet natural backdrop for terror. We also discuss indie vs big-budget filmmaking and Klebe even gives us an overview of her experience working on Neil Marshall’s Hellboy, arriving in US theaters on April 12th.


Dread Central: Dan: We’ve seen a lot of Krampus movies since Mike Dougherty’s film in 2015, but Slay Belles may be the first time I’ve seen Krampus and Santa in the same movie. Still, you did more than just pit them against each other as enemies—you made them connected, like two halves of the same being. It’s a really fresh concept and I wanted to ask what gave you that idea? You’ve essentially combined these Old World and New World Christmas mythologies in a very unique way.

Spooky Dan Walker: The Krampus mythology is centuries old, but there are so many different versions. So, when it was time to make our own story, we wanted to do something really unique that wasn’t just the European version of Krampus. That’s kind of how Mike Dougherty did it as well, taking all these different angles. And hats off to him, because he really introduced the world to Krampus so we didn’t have to in Slay Belles. You already know him. There’s another really good one called A Christmas Horror Story that had a really awesome Santa vs Krampus fight in it as well. There are a couple out there that are really cool. But Dougherty’s movie is so fucking good.

DC: It really seems like there’s been a surge of new Christmas-themed horror movies in recent years. How would you explain this phenomenon and why do you think Christmas makes such a good backdrop for horror movies?

Kristina Klebe: The only Christmas movies I hear about are, like, Hallmark Christmas movies. But, with horror movies, it’s scary because a lot of people don’t like their families and having to get together. Thanksgiving could be a horror movie! Also, just the fact that there’s the mythology of Krampus and Santa; it’s kind of like the tooth fairy: There’s a dark side to it.

DC: Yeah, having a dark perspective on something that’s usually portrayed in such a positive light. What do you think Dan: Are we seeing a resurgence of Christmas-themed horror movies?

SDW: I think there’s a couple answers to this. Think about how many Halloween movies there are. Every year we get another 20 Halloween horror movies and everyone loves it. And when Halloween is over, we’re not ready to say goodbye… we want to keep that darkness going. There’s clearly a need for this in the same way there’s a need for the Hallmark Christmas movies. Because, for whatever reasons, these movies have a huge audience.

I think horror fans are a lot like wrestling fans: We want more! So, for me, it was like, “Let’s do something fun with the Christmas genre.” Horror movies, because they go down a supernatural path anyway and go into fantasy so often, it easy and awesome to go into the Christmas mythologies and that can be really silly fun. And, at the same time, they’re rooted in the supernatural. It’s a natural combination. I just hope we can see some more of them. I’m actually on my way to see Rebekah McKendry’s movie, All the Creatures Were Stirring, as soon as we wrap up this interview.

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DC: We’ve been hearing great things about that one as well. Kristina, you have an extensive IMDB resume. You’ve acted in horror movies and mainstream movies; you’ve worked on indie projects and major studio projects. Now, I understand that actors love to work, but I wanted to ask how working on a horror movie differs from other genres, and how working on a major studio release differs from working on an indie project?

KK: That’s a good question—it might take me a couple hours to answer [laughs]! As for how working on horror movies is different from, say, a Lifetime movie, I’d say it’s more fun as an actor because you get to do a lot more. The characters are more extreme. The female characters are much stronger than in mainstream movies. Not necessarily in the Marvel movies which have a lot of strong female characters, but in a Lifetime movie, you’re like, the girlfriend or the wife. But, in general, in horror, you get to do more and work your acting chops. It’s more exciting! I have this German TV show now where we shoot a couple episodes a year and it’s such a different feel on set. It’s more like a machine. There’s clearly not as much happiness behind that, which is weird to say because you’re always happy when you’re making something.

And with studio vs indie filmmaking the difference is, basically, studio films have a lot of money. You feel kind of spoiled; it’s almost ridiculous how much food they have and everyone’s always bringing you something while you’re sitting in a trailer. It’s kind of stupid actually. You’re like, “I’m, getting paid to do this?” And then you work for two hours a day, then maybe again for half an hour that night. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. But, when you’re working on an indie film, it’s the exact opposite. You’ve got no money so everything’s super difficult because your scraping things together and there’s no time. And you’re on set working the entire time. You get tired and there’s no one bringing you food. It’s the opposite in so many ways, but at the same time, indie films are way more satisfying. Everyone puts their blood sweat and tears in, and it’s really gratifying in the end. In some ways, it was like being in a war. Not literally, of course, but it’s like we’re all in the trenches together.

DC: My only non-Slay Belles question is for you, Kristina: Hellboy’s coming out this April. Can you tell us a bit about the part you’re playing and what it was like working with Neil Marshal and David Harbour?

KK: Yeah sure. I play Leni Riefenstahl. I’m only in one scene but I got to spend a week on set with them. It’s the second time I worked with Neil. He directed me in his short [“Bad Seed”] in the Tale of Halloween anthology [released in 2015]. And he’s just awesome; such a good guy who’s become a really good friend. As for David, he and I actually went to the same college; we know each other through Dartmouth. in fact, when I was in directing school at NYU, I used him in one of my directing exercises. So, somewhere, I have video clips of him doing a scene from my movie. It’s so random!

DC: If you find it, we’ll run it on Dread Central—unless you think it would embarrass him?

KK: That would be so mean!

DC: I’ve seen Slay Belles, and I can attest that it’s a fun, gory romp, but how would each of you describe Slay Belles in a way that will get our readers excited?

KK: It’s like celebrating Christmas with your best friends on steroids. Not like you’re personally on steroids, but—you know. Fun on steroids!

DC: How about you Dan?

SDW: I always describe it like this: Three powerful chicks team up with Santa to fight Krampus at an abandoned amusement park. And it’s a “Girl Power” film. It’s not your typical horror movie. Slay Belles is a fun, silly, campy, bizarre—thing! Maybe you can help us out because I don’t know what I can compare it to.

DC: Well, I will say this: While I was watching Slay Belles, I knew I was experiencing something really unique.

SDW: I hope it’s something people will want to watch while they’re hanging out during Christmas break, looking for something fun. There’s no hard sell; there’s no moral message that we’re shoving down anyone’s throat. It’s just fun. Watch Slay Belles!

Slay Belles is now available on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD; you can purchase your physical copy, HERE. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

Synopsis:
It’s Christmas Eve, and three cosplaying women are breaking into Santa Land for some partying and fun! What they didn’t expect was to come across the malevolent Christmas demon Krampus! The girls must team up with Santa Claus himself to battle the creature and save the world!

Have you seen Slay Belle yet? Are you a fan of Christmas-themed horror movies? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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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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Bloody Image Revealed for Neil Marshall’s R-Rated HELLBOY Reboot

While we’ll always feel a tinge of sorrow over the way Guillermo del Toro was fired from the Hellboy franchise (not to mention a hint of resentment that Ron Perlman will no longer play the titular antihero) we’re giving Hellboy 2019 the benefit of the doubt with Neil Marshall (The Descent) in the director’s chair and David Harbour donning the red makeup, sawed-off horns, and that fist of fury.

We’re just getting a new look at Harbour as Hellboy, courtesy of Empire Magazine, and we’ve got to admit: He looks pretty fucking powerful! Marshall is directing Hellboy from a script penned by Andrew Cosby and, in addition to Harbour, 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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We don’t have a trailer yet, but we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you updates as they’re revealed. Stay tuned!

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.

Are you excited for Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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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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Top Five Chilling Moments with Iconic Villains

As the season of fear (and cheer) comes to a close, lets take a look back at some of the horror genres most beloved characters and their creepiest moments that spiced up Halloween for many years to come. Every entry was chosen because of the effectiveness of the makeup and/or practical effects of the scene. […]

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MoviePass Now Producing Films with Neil Marshall’s THE RECKONING

Neil Marshall

MoviePass has been getting a bad reputation over this past year, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the company from pressing ahead, this time they are heading into the realm of producing their own horror flicks.

Deadline reports that MoviePass Films has tapped director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Hellboy) to helm The Reckoning, a female-driven story set around the witch hunts and the great plague in England in 1665.

MoviePass Films CEOs and Co-founders Randall Emmett, George Furla, and Ted Farnsworth are producing with Marshall Jonas Babics, Yu-Fai Suen, Amelie Leroy, and Ted Fox. Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert will co-produce.

Marshall co-wrote the script alongside Edward Evers-Swindell and Charlotte Kirk, the latter who will star and serve as EP.

Production will begin in Wales on January 15.

Synopsis:

A female-driven story, The Reckoning is set around the witch hunts and the great plague in England in 1665 and follows Evelyn Haverstock (Kirk), a young widow, haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous Landlord, Squire Pendleton, after she rejects his unwanted advances.

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‘Hellboy’ Banner Art Reveals Milla Jovovich’s Nimue and Ian McShane’s Professor Broom!

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.

We shared one of the coolest posters we’ve seen in a long time and now have our hands on a special piece of New York Comic Con art available at the ongoing show. It’s important because it gives us our first look at Milla Jovovich as Nimue, the film’s villain, as well as Ian McShane as Professor Broom!  Oh, and the banner is also promising an eclectic cast of monsters for Hellboy to battle.

Also starring are 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.

Hellboy is reborn April 12, 2019.