Hellboy is an action adventure, with good special effects, based on Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse Comics series. As the Nazis in 1944 attempt to harness black magic to aid their dying cause, an experiment goes wrong leaving open a door to the underworld that allows creatures to pass through. A young demon, nicknamed Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is captured and raised by Professor Broom (John Hurt) of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Hellboy is a strange-looking, cigar-smoking creature with red skin, a tail and horns, which he keeps breaking off so he will look more human. He becomes an agent for good and is used to fight the evils precipitated by the wizard who aims to reclaim him. Hellboy receives aid from Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) who has powers over fire — she also happens to be the object of Hellboy’s affections — and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), a mysterious amphibian that has psychic powers.
While this is a good-versus-evil story, the problem is that evil elements, such as psychic powers, are portrayed as useful tools for the good side. Fighting, violence and gore abounds in this Guillermo del Toro directed movie as do frightening images of demonlike creatures attacking humans and a deformed manlike creature impaled on stakes. Due to violence, disturbing images, bad language and the occultic theme, Dove doesn’t consider this film family-friendly.