starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden
screenplay by Guillermo del Toro, based on the comics by Mike Mignola
directed by Guillermo del Toro
by Walter Chaw A bona fide auteur in an age of facile pretenders, Guillermo del Toro is the pulp genre's Martin Scorsese, his films filtering devout Catholic imagery through a lurid colour palette and obsessed with insectile machineries and mentor relationships between boys and old men. Del Toro's pictures are deeply personal explorations of faith, of redemption and resurrection--he made of Blade II a tale of the prodigal son, and now with Hellboy he's crafted a story of an evolving passion.