The second Hellboy trailer offers a better look at director Neil Marshall’s R-rated reboot of the supernatural comic book movie franchise.
Starring Stranger Things star David Harbour as the Mike Mignola-created hero, this Neil Marshall-directed film looks to offer a bloody and violent, distinctly R-rated take on Hellboy, as this new red band trailer shows.
In the Lionsgate and Millennium Entertainment film, David Harbour’s Hellboy and his allies on the B.P.R.D. will take on Milla Jovovich’s Nimue, the ancient Blood Queen who wants to destroy the world. Although initial reports indicated that this take on Hellboy would be darker than director Guillermo Del Toro’s two fan-favorite Hellboy movies, the initial trailer for this film had a peppy, almost Deadpool-esque tone.
Marshall’s reboot received an official R rating this week and with good reason. The red band trailer alone features several shots of monsters either being slaughtered or reducing humans to a bloody pulp, in addition to clips of Hellboy dropping F-bombs and other sorts of “mature” language. Marshall is known for making R-rated genre fare like Dog Soldiers and The Descent, so this approach should play to his strengths as a storyteller. Whether the film’s creature designs will be able to hold a candle to the richly-detailed monsters from del Toro’s Hellboy movies, however, is another matter.