Director: Guillermo del Toro
Year Released: 2004
As far as comic book adaptations are concerned, this one is more tolerable than some others, aided by del Toro's refusal to take any of it all that seriously (it's been a long time - one of the episodes of Urotsukidoji, I think - since I've seen Demon Nazis as villains). It still isn't as good as The Crow (to me, one of the finest comic book movies) - the last half hour tries to wrap up too much too quickly, leaving holes to be plugged up later in extra installments - and there's only so much I can take of this kind of goofy violent-cartoon insanity and Ron Perlman's droll sarcasm without hollering 'give' (the plot is very loosely put together and being a non-comic guy - I like Oh! My Goddess and Ranma ½ but that's about it - I find it a real challenge to follow its logic). The Hellboy-stalking-Selma Blair angle is supposed to give it a romantic element, but it's a small priority when compared to the gargantuan octopus creature descending from the sky.