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Hellboy Trailer 2 Breakdown: All the Hidden Secrets, References, and Monsters

Lionsgate dropped another Hellboy trailer and it showed us the movie we’ve all been waiting for. This trailer is filled with more action, gore, and monsters than the first and shows us that it’s shaping up to be an exciting film. So, let’s get down to business and identify everything you may have missed in the trailer. Here’s Sinfully Cinematic’s Hellboy Trailer 2 Breakdown.

The Nazi Summoning Hellboy

The Nazi wearing the odd 3D glasses is Gregori Rasputin. In the comics, Rasputin conducted a ritual to summon the demonic dragons, Ogdru Jahad to Earth and bring about the end of the world. However, something went wrong and his ritual summoned Hellboy, placing him in the hands of Rasputin’s enemies. Instead of being summoned in front of the Nazi, Hellboy spawned in East Bromwich, England.

It seems like the Hellboy movie will stick to the same origin story. In the trailer, we see Rasputin summoning cute little baby Hellboy. However, the demon child actually crawls out of the Earth in front of his father figure, Professor Bruttenholm, Lady Hatton, and Malcolm Frost in England, rather than where the Nazis are convening.

Lady Hatton of the Osiris Club

Sophie Okonedo’s character in the trailer is Lady Hatton, also known as Miss E.T. Hatton. She is a mystic seer that helped the Osiris Club (a secret society dedicated to uncovering the supernatural) hold a séance in 1866 and obtain immortality so that they could see the “last days of man.”

The prophecy states that the “end of time” will bring about a king that will “refuse his crown” and ultimately lead apocalyptic soldiers into battle. The Osiris Club believe this prophecized king is Hellboy and therefore, they keep him within their circles in the trailer.

In the scene where Lady Hatton is introduced, it seems like she’s telling Hellboy about his origin story. However, it’s very interesting that he doesn’t actually know about his past. Does this mean that he has some sort of amnesia or that the Osiris Club shielded him from the truth?

The House on Top of Chicken Legs

During the trailer, we get the same image of a house on chicken legs that was also featured in the last teaser. This house is the home of the terrifying witch, Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga lives in a house on top of feathers and counts dead men fingers. In the comics, Hellboy first encountered the witch when he started investigating a series of missing children cases. Since then, the two have gone head to head multiple times, but the most significant incident is in The Storm and the Fury where the Baba Yaga helps Hellboy during his pursuit of the Blood Queen. In this comic, the two strike a deal –if Hellboy gives her his eye, she’ll help him get past the Blood Queen’s army.

In the trailer, right after we see the house on chicken legs, we also get a look at the witch, Baba Yaga. She’s a very old and skeleton-like woman that doesn’t seem to enjoy the light.

A Reference to Pan’s Labyrinth

The 2004 Hellboy movie was directed by Guillermo del Toro and it looks like there might be a shout out to him in the 2019 film. During the trailer, we see a large white monster coming out of the depths of hell to wreak havoc on London. This creepy creature looks very much like the Pale Man from del Toro’s other movie, Pan’s Labyrinth.

Smoke on the Water

The music playing during the trailer is Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. This song starts playing louder when we see clips of the main antagonist, the Blood Queen. Once called the Lady of the Lake, the Blood Queen lived during the reign of King Arthur. She learned everything she knew about magic from the great wizard Merlin but eventually turned to the dark side. She worshiped the Ogdru Jahad and imprisoned Merlin in an eternal grave.

The trailer’s song choice likely refers to the Blood Queen and her past life as the Lady of the Lake. She’s the main antagonist of the film and is looking to “bring down the curtain on London and the world” with her army of undead.

Hellboy Punches Ben to Help Him Transform

Throughout this trailer and the previous one, we’ve seen a funny-sort-of-teasing relationship between Hellboy and Ben Daimo. Then, in this trailer, we see Hellboy punch Ben square in the face with his Right Hand of Doom after saying “Let’s get your game face on”. Although Hellboy likely enjoyed the punch, it wasn’t meant to serve as sheer amusement. Hellboy simply needed Ben to go all Hulk on their enemies.

Ben Daimo is very much like the Hulk. He’s a former US Marine who died and came back to life under some strange conditions. He now possesses the spirit of a Jaguar God and can transform into a jaguar whenever he’s in pain or enraged. Therefore, Hellboy was punching Ben so that he can suit up and fight the boar-like monster, Gruagach of Lough Leane.

The Wild Hunt

In the first Hellboy trailer, we saw Hellboy riding on horseback with a couple of speared men. These men are part of the Osiris Club and were likely taking part in “The Wild Hunt”. This is an event where Hellboy helps the Osiris Club take down giants.

In this second trailer, we get a better look at one of the giants that Hellboy ultimately takes down, and also learn the true intentions of the Osiris Club. At about timestamp 1:10 in the trailer, we see Hellboy stabbing a green-hooded man right in the face. However, if you take a look at Hellboy himself, you’ll see that he has a big gash in his chest. This probably means that the Osiris Club turned on him during the Wild Hunt and tried to take him out before he could fulfill his prophecy.

Alice Monaghan Punches the Soul Out of Someone

One of the coolest scenes in the trailer shows Alice Monaghan literally punching the soul out of someone. She then looks at her hands as if she’s surprised by her amazing strength. However, if you’re a fan of the comics, you know exactly why she has these magical hands of doom.

When Alice was a baby, Hellboy saved her from being kidnapped by fairies. Despite her rescue, Alice still retains some of the magical abilities of the fairies and will likely uncover some of these powers throughout the film.

Also, although she looks like a child in the trailer, Alice is actually in her fifties. Her fairy powers have also allowed her to look younger than she actually is.

The Rest of the Monsters 

There are a lot of monsters introduced in the trailer that all seem to be working alongside the Blood Queen. The boar-like monster that Hellboy and the “Daimo-turned-Jaguar” are fighting is called Gruagach of Lough Leane. This piggy creature was once a shapeshifter but ultimately got stuck in his current form. He blames Hellboy for his situation and therefore is seeking revenge against the demon child.

The huge winged bat in the trailer is likely the vampire luchador Camazotz from the Hellboy in Mexico comic. In this comic, Hellboy joins up with luchador brothers to battle monsters in Mexico. Eventually, he comes across the vampire luchador Camazotz, who is a bat god from Mayan mythology. Since the bat in the trailer seems to be standing in a fighting ring, we could definitely see this comic play out in the film.

Hellboy’s Fire Crown and the Dragon He’s Riding

At the end of the trailer, we see Hellboy sporting a magnificent crown of fire. This crown is the crowning jewel of the trailer, and is known as the “Crown of the Apocalypse”. It gives anyone that wears it the power to bring on the end of the world. The dragon that he’s riding on is also an Ogdru Jahad, one of the dragons destined to initiate the end of the world.

Therefore, we can probably expect to see Hellboy fulfilling his destiny in the film, and becoming the king that ushers in the end of the world. However, according to the prophecy, he refuses the crown and leads the soldiers into battle. So, we’ll likely see a warm and fuzzy plot twist at the end of the film.

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Did you catch any other Easter eggs or references in the second Hellboy trailer? Let me know in the comments!

 

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