Neil Marshall has created what I consider one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen in the The Descent, a claustrophobic gore fest you should all rent or buy on VOD, and it’s because of his work on said film that made the reboot news of Hellboy so bittersweet.
Obviously Guillermo del Toro did some wonderful things with the first two films by casting Ron Perlman as the red, cigar smoking, cat loving, smart ass from hell, but what also made the film stand on it’s own was the gorgeously created practical make up and sets to give that vibrancy and realism to the picture. It would be so easy for this reboot to try and cap on the CGI effects we have nowadays, but tons of CGI doesn’t get close to making a great movie.
David Harbour, our new Hellboy, may not be thrilled to have to sit down in a make up chair for six hours a day for four months, but there is going to be plenty of excitement to go around once we see a full scale photo of Harbour in the red make up and costume. Going back to The Descent for a moment, you’ll realize that film is so terrifying because it’s all “real”. The sets had ghoulish monster costumes, the actresses in the film had to basically bathe on fake blood most days, and that was 12 years ago.
Marshall had this to say when on the Post Mortem podcast:
“It’s definitely going to be as practical as we can possibly make it. I love to do stuff in camera whenever I possibly can, and use CG as the amazing tool that it is, to enhance or expand upon the world, but not to use it to replace reality, when you can do it [for] real.”
If that didn’t excite you a little, let me show you the quotes that revealed their goals to make the film Rated-R:
“We’ve been granted permission to do it R-rated, which for me is just like taking the cuffs off. It’s like, okay, so now we can just make the movie we want to make. It’s not like I’m going to force it to be R-rated, but if it happens to come out that way, just because of my own sensibilities, then fine. And nobody’s going to stop us. So, that’s the main [difference]. And I’m sure, obviously, the success of things like Deadpool and Logan have not hurt that cause. But, also, when you go back the original material, it is kind of bloody, so I’m going to embrace that.”
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