The first Hellboy movie, co-written and directed by the famous Guillermo del Torro, released in 2004. The movie did receive critical acclaim, but critical success did not replicate itself at the box office. The sequel, ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ (2008) was a massive success. In both these movies, Ron Perlman plays Hellboy, but he refused to appear in the third movie as Del Torro was not participating in the project.
The 2019 reboot of the franchise is directed by Neil Marshall. The latest version is more of a character study than a superhero film riding on cliches. If we take a look at the character, Hellboy is a Cambion — he is the offspring of a demon and a human female. As the story goes, the character is first summoned to the earth by the Nazis who use occult practices to try and defeat their enemies in the Second World War. However, before the Nazis can use Hellboy to attain their evil goals, he is discovered by the Allies and grows up to be a fighter against crime.
Hellboy is a red-skinned character with horns which he has cut off, leaving two round stumps on his forehead. His right hand is a large projection made of stone, which is also known as the ‘Right Hand of Doom’. The unique aspect about the character is that despite being half-demon, he is kind and well-behaved, and also has a great sense of humor. The organization Hellboy works for is called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. If you have enjoyed the film, there are several movies with a similar line of approach which might be of interest to you. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘Hellboy’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Hellboy’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Constantine (2005)
Let us start the list by looking at another detective who is involved with the occult. John Constantine is not our regular detective who fights crime using his human capabilities only. He is a chain-smoking occult detective who fights against demons trying to find their way to the Earth by possessing souls. Constantine is also a warlock and con-man, but always has the interest of common people in his heart. Later in the film, we realize that Constantine is waging his war against demons for his personal interests. The movie is the directorial debut of Francis Lawrence and stars Keanu Reeves in the titular role.
8. Suicide Squad (2016)