“Hell Boy” is not a movie I would normally watch. Somehow by accident I saw a trailer and it stuck in my head so -- since it streams on Netflix, at least the first of the two movies does, I watched it last night. No doubt many people watch it for the special effects which are extraordinary. They are not as scary as “Pan’s Labyrinth” though many of the elements are similar: Nazi’s, monsters, darkness, hidden underground structures. In “Hell Boy” they are slightly more conventional. It’s GREAT tentacle horror with a lot of "Alien" references and a definite sexual vibe. And it’s funny.
Hellboy is not much like Superman who is a cleancut kinda guy. Hellboy and his cigar are more like some tough cop, the kind of man that our culture (including the military) used to depend upon -- General Patton, for instance. In lieu of growing stubble, he shaves his horn stubs, both proof of maleness. He’s not really like the classical Lucifer, who is lascivious and defiant, sly and psychological. He’s just red and has a tail. The Christian references that creep in are mostly old-fashioned archeological machinery: strange doors and inscriptions. It’s the same rather old-fashioned Berkeley suburban stuff. Hellboy is a marshmallow inside, looking for a girl to toast him. (But his lips won’t pucker for a kiss.)
Consider these quotes from del Toro: