II does have a plot - the big red hero has to
stop the dark ruler and save the world from annihilation.
Guillermo Del Toro and his team created an extraordinary
world for the sequel's story to unfold in - for
Hellboy to live in. This is how they turned their
wild ideas into movie reality...
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II is based on the Dark Horse Comic Book created
by Mike Mignola. Apparently, after working out
the storyline with Mignola, Del Toro took two
and a half years to write the script. Mignola
is also the co-executive producer of the film.
Toro sketched and sketched in his notebook; Prince
Nuada’s faithful henchman, Wink (the troll),
the winged Angel of Death, goblins and many other
creatures. Production designer Stephen Scott was
tasked to bring these drawings to life.
least half the creatures were played by actors
in elaborately designed prosthetic makeup. Puppeteers
enhanced the range of their movements with radio-controlled
was used when practical effects were not possible.
Double Negative Visual Effects brought Del Toro's
vision of the merciless robotic Golden Army and
other fantasy effects to life.
Toro: “In the first film, we were always in
the sewers and subways, never out in the open, among
high society or humans. This [Hellboy II] takes
us a bit more there and into the magical world.”
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magical world was based in locations found mostly
Troll Market was filmed in a former limestone
quarry, 25 miles southwest of Budapest in the
village of Tarnok, Hungary. It took production
designer Scott three months to transform the 4,000-square-metre
cave, most recently used for growing mushrooms,
into del Toro’s vision of the teeming marketplace.
Ruiz Velasco was Hellboy II's concept artist:
“Every artist working on the production
was throwing crazy and exotic ideas around to
come up with the different creatures that were
to populate the Troll Market, ‘where you
can find anything in the world, even those things
that are not for sale.’”
addition to new Bureau for Paranormal Research
and Defense (B.P.R.D.) uniforms, costume designer
Sammy Sheldon had to try and make sure that the
audience could not confuse trolls with humans
in the enormous cave. “We gave them strange
humps on the front, humps on the back, big bellies,
big bottoms, gloves with three fingers, tall shoes…
anything we could think of to try and change the
shape of a human being,” she says. “Every
single character in the Troll Market has his face
the Troll Market and the imposing Golden Army
Chamber were designed to contrast with the above
ground world of humans. “The human world
is linear, with straight lines and sharp edges,”
says Scott, “while the shapes of the below
ground worlds are curved and fluid, with a mixture
of Indian, Moroccan and other North African influences.”
Golden Army Chamber was built in Budapest in a cavernous
(and only partially completed) college sports arena,
nicknamed Spikey Stadium by the crew due to the
Sputnik-like protrusions on its roof. Its towering
height offered practical advantages for construction
and filming pivotal sequences of the army’s
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director of photography Guillermo Navarro’s
cameras rolled at these and other locations, the
production’s construction crew worked at
Budapest's Korda Studios’ back lot, building
a New York street to the production designer’s
principal photography began on June 9, 2007, Hellboy
II's Manhattan was nothing but a stark metal scaffold,
which dozens of men scaled daily to build. As
the months passed, it grew to encompass three
blocks of shabby shops, a meat packing plant,
loading docks, an auto shop, a bank, billboards,
an SRO hotel and a trendy meat packing district
The New York street hosted several pivotal scenes,
including the confrontation between Hellboy and
the Elemental, a powerful “Jack and the
Beanstalk”-type of vine creature with enough
life force to rip through pavement.
Ireland's Giant’s Causeway, an ancient place
of myth and legend, also features. Although aerial
photography was taken at the actual site on the
Northern Irish coast, the actors performed their
Causeway scenes in a hilly field near the town
of Soskut in the Hungarian countryside.
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B.P.R.D. sets for Hellboy II: The Golden Army
were also built in and around Budapest. The Bureau’s
well-stocked “freak corridor,” medical
bay and meeting rooms were constructed on soundstages
at Korda Studios, as was Hellboy’s personal
lair—complete with dozens of television
sets and cats.
Broom’s library, the site of a confrontation
between Hellboy and Nuada, occupied another stage
at the brand-new Korda facility.
the small hut at the military base where Professor
Broom raised young Hellboy was built at the studio.
Here, as a child, Hellboy first heard tell of
the Golden Army’s bloody history between
mankind and the outlanders.
Look out for...
Inside the Angel’s lair
is a carving on the floor that depicts a diagram
of the universe. The watchful filmgoer will catch
Mike Mignola’s many icons and zodiac symbols
(carved after many detailed sketches were considered
by del Toro). There'is a glyph that depicts Hellboy
at the end of the days, alternately the savior
of or harbinger to mankind’s destruction…
depending upon how you read the runes.
Odd fact for British pop
Prince Nuada (pictured above,
holding a spear) is played by Luke Goss. The same
Luke Goss who was part of Bros - the multiplatinum-selling
A final word from the
filmmakers took pride in honouring the designs of
the many artists who contributed to the production.
“It was inspiring to see the intricate sketches
come to life over the shoot,” says Hellboy
II producer Lloyd Levin.
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fantasy worlds and creatures had been so carefully
imagined by Guillermo and the many artists who
worked on Hellboy II. To find the detailed sketches
built into intricate sets was especially exciting.”