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The new Hellboy trailer is here and it is SO much better than the first one

The first time we saw footage from the Hellboy reboot we were left with a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths. I mean, just check out the first reactions (opens in new tab): It was cheesy, a little lame, and not what we were expecting at all. The new Hellboy trailer, on the other hand, looks to be so much better than the original. 

Of course, you can decide for yourself by watching it above, but the hit-and-miss comedy seems to now be mostly hits, the new villain looks genuinely terrifying and - whisper it - it looks like a proper Hellboy movie, one in the mould of Guillermo del Toro.

So, what’s changed in the new Hellboy trailer? For one thing, it’s not straying too far from what made the series popular in the first place. We are taken whistle-stop tour of the demon’s origins, before being presented with the Blood Queen Nimue, the villain of the piece played by Milla Jovovich. Something tells me she is behind the great hulking creature parading through London. I’m not stopping him and trying to make him pay the Congestion Charge, that’s for sure.

Elsewhere, we are acquainted with some of the supporting cast. It’s always nice to see Ian McShane, and he’s here as Hellboy’s father figure Professor Bruttenholm, while Lost’s (yes, that’s where you recognise him from) Daniel Dae Kim plays Ben Daimio who turns into a huge leopard-like creature to help Hellboy battle the hordes of the dead inside a church. Meow.

Most of all, though, many will appreciate just how bloody the new Hellboy trailer is. It’s R-rated (a first for the franchise) and it makes good use of it. It definitely chimes with what the Hellboy creator accidentally let slip about the new Hellboy trailer being better than the original (opens in new tab). There’s swords going through heads; litres and litres of blood being rained down and, in a Thanos-stealing move, people are being turned to ash left, right, and centre.

A pretty decent return from Hellboy, then. The trailer is proof that the movie that isn’t going to hold back on the gore and the pottymouth – Hellboy describes Nimue as “fucking nuts” in one scene – while also seeing David Harbour now feeling at home in the role.

Maybe first impressions don’t always count. There's also a new poster for Hellboy - which hits cinemas on April 11 in the UK and April 12 in the US - which you can see below:

Take a trip down memory lane and find out what fans thought of the very first Hellboy trailer shown at NYCC 2018 (opens in new tab). It might just surprise you...

You can also see the best of everything else that's coming this year in our 2019 round-up video below!

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.