About a year ago “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola was talking about how the new “Hellboy” would be a more faithful adaptation of the comic book source material. While I was a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s “Hellboy” films, I can appreciate Mike being interested in an adaptation that brings more of his stories to the big screen. However, with director Del Toro and series star Ron Perlman no longer in the picture, how would the new “Hellboy” measure up?
Not very well, unfortunately. First of all, the critical reception to the new movie has been shockingly bad. It currently sits at 15% on Rotten Tomatoes. In comparison the 2004 “Hellboy” has an 81% and “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” has an 86%. That’s quite an incredible drop in quality for one film to the next, so what happened? Was it really that Del Toro and Ron Perlman were the secret sauce in the recipe?
According to the Wrap there was an incredible amount of drama on the set of “Hellboy” things like producers fighting with the cast to the direct being absent from filming because he was off with a fling. It’s an insane story and one you should definitely read.
But even with bad reviews and on set drama a film could still be a box office success. So how did “Hellboy” perform? Well, it’s leaving its first weekend in third place with a total of $12 million. Once again we have to compare this to the first films. The “Hellboy” films haven’t been box office giants, in fact they’ve usually done kind of poorly. But the first “Hellboy” pulled in $23 million and the sequel did $34 million. So for this one to perform so low in an era where both horror and comic book properties are doing well is kind of shocking.
So what do you think? Have you seen “Hellboy?” Think the critical and box office reception lines up with your experience? Let us know below.