Plot Summary for
Released from the underworld in 1944 by evil Russian puppet master Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) and a crew of Nazis as part of Hitler's plan to use occult powers to turn the tide of World War II, Hellboy is rescued and raised by kindly Professor Broom (John Hurt). Years later, in present-day Manhattan, the big red demon (Ron Perlman, who at this point must have spent more of his life in a makeup chair than out of one) smokes cigars, tosses off wisecracks, and fights otherworldly baddies for the secretive Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. He's joined by the water-dwelling Abe Sapien (played by Doug Jones, voiced by David Hyde Pierce) and fresh-faced FBI agent John Myers (Rupert Evans), the professor's designated Hellboy handler-in-training. When Rasputin resurfaces and unleashes a horde of evil spirits on the city in an attempt to finish what he started back in the '40s, Hellboy and Co. (including fetching pyro Liz Sherman, played by Selma Blair) must face the dark magician in a no-holds-barred supernatural showdown that (naturally) will determine the fate of the world.