Working The Devil Red Carpet At The Canadian Premiere of ‘Hellboy’

It’s so important to look beyond the hyperbole sometimes…

While Hellboy didn’t exactly light the world on fire this weekend, we’re here to tell you that it damn well still might because Hellboy is a fun and gory ride.

This isn’t Del Toro’s Hellboy, its director Neil Marshall’s and in this installment Hellboy (David Harbour) comes to England, where he discovers The Blood Queen, Nimue (Milla Jovovich), a resurrected ancient sorceress thirsting to avenge a past betrayal. Suddenly caught in a clash between the supernatural and the human, Hellboy is now hell-bent on stopping Nimue without triggering the end of the world.

It’s by no means a perfect movie, you can read my review from In The Seats right here, but it’s the kind of movie that just asks you strap in your chair and enjoy the action filled ride, and when we had the Canadian Premiere here in Toronto a few short days ago it was exactly that.

The Scotiabank Theatre right in the heart of downtown Toronto was filled to the rafters with fans; some just eager to see the movie, some decked out in full cosplay madness and it was a delight to see.  From the outside looking in, the average movie goer may just see a bunch of weirdoes and freaks but the reality is that you’ll never see a more passionate and genuinely loving crowd then you’d see at any other movie premiere.

There people are invested and they actually give a damn about the film and the shared experience of seeing this mayhem unfold on the big screen.  It was actually star David Harbour’s birthday that night and before he hit the red carpet, a throng of fans and autograph seekers sang the man happy birthday!  That’s not something you see at a more traditional red carpet or even during the high octane festival madness of the Toronto International Film Festival where autograph seekers and film aficionados a like with fill up theatres.  But not this time, this time it’s about the fans.

As they walked the red carpet I got the chance to talk with both Milla Jovovich and David Harbour and I asked Milla about the kind of reactions that movies of the action/horror genre tend to engender in the fan base.  She had this to say…

You know, I think especially with Hellboy it comes down to the fact that I think we all have a little bit of Hellboy inside each and every one of us.  We all have this monster on the inside that has to be kept in and has to be contained because we just never know if people are going to accept us.  There are so many instances in life where we just feel so marginalized, isolated and plain old different and he really represents that part of us.  He’s the anti-hero, he’s the underdog, which is what makes him so related and why people love him so.  I mean he can save humanity, and humanity will still shun him, which makes him kind of sad but still very relatable.

Earlier in the day we also got to talk with star David Harbour over at In The Seats (which you can read here) but to put a caper on the day right before he went into to introduce the movie I asked him the same question because even though it was a room filled with strangers you could still feel the love that was all over this movie.  He had this to say…

I really think it’s just this ‘genre’ world you know?  People are just so damn passionate and I mean for myself, I grew up a geek but I’ve also carried a small amount of shame for loving something like Star Wars as much as I do , but when you get the opportunity to unabashedly love all this stuff and come together like we do, and the tables have turned now, it’s OK to be a geek for this stuff and the exuberance we bring to it all is just THAT much more!  I DON’T HAVE TO SUPRESS IT ANYMORE!!! (Laughs)

Ultimately, for anyone looking to spend their hard earned dollars on Hellboy; just go looking for some full throttle action and fantasy violence and I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

Much love to our friend and colleague here at Addicted Magazine Myles Herod who took the pics from the red carpet.

Dave Voigt

David Voigt is a Toronto based writer with a problem and a passion for the moving image and all things cinema. Having moved from production to the critical side of the aisle for well over 10 years now at outlets like Examiner.com, Criticize This, Dork Shelf, to.Night Newspaper he’s been all across his city, the country and the continent in search of all the news and reviews that are fit to print from the world of cinema. Having launched his own home; In The Seats (intheseats.ca) back in 2015 for all the latest and greatest movie reviews and interviews he’s one of the leading voices in the film criticism scene in Toronto, and eventually the world. David is the Entertainment Editor for Addicted Magazine.