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!

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!

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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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