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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language

Sex & Nudity

  • In the beginning scene, there is a woman against a tree that has a see-through shirt on. Nipples are visible. Same woman wears semi-revealing clothing throughout the movie.
  • Hellboy is sometimes seen without a shirt
  • There is a women naked. We only see her from a side view. Nipples are not shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Non stop violence from the beginning to the end.
  • A man's jaw gets broken and all bloody with a lot of blood and gore
  • A man gets crushed under a giant wooden door. The result is a pool of blood.
  • A man's head gets suddenly severed and is seen going underwater with a lot of blood.
  • A person is facially de-gloved by a demon. (very graphic, although very brief.)
  • Baba Yaga eats children. Some hands of children are in her stew and when Hellboy looks back he sees two corpses of human children hanging from the ceiling.


  • There are 35 uses of "Hell", including other derogatory terms.
  • Gruagach swears many times in one scene of the movie.
  • God Damn is used several times. Many F words throughout the movie.
  • Bitch, Shit and Bastard are used a few times

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Hellboy frequently gets drunk and is often seen drinking tequila.
  • Some smoking and drinking in a bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie never takes itself seriously, so many scenes are not overly frightening. However, many of the monsters/creatures are extremely odd and creepy, and behave in the same manner.


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Violence & Gore

  • A character gets gradually smaller and smaller, then suddenly completely explodes in a pool of blood. Almost comical but very gory.
  • Giant demons come out from hell and begin killing people. Another one spits fire and burns everything.
  • Hellboy suddenly shoots Nimue in the head. Half of it explodes with an eye hanging down, but she quickly regenerates.
  • King Arthur cuts off one of Nimue's arms, then decapitates her. Very gruesome.
  • Hellboy gets unexpectedly attacked in an ambush by knights with giant spears. He's repeatedly stabbed and some spears get stuck inside his body. He's then electrocuted and almost dies.
  • Opening shot is a crow eating a dead mans eyeball.
  • Near the ending, London gets attacked by demons. This part is the most graphic and extreme part of the movie. Humans get smashed, skinned, impaled, cut in half and eaten. The fact most of the humans here were innocent makes the scene a bit uncomfortable and may frighten some.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Merlin begins to horribly deteriorate and decay because of his oldness. He quickly becomes a skull (while still talking) and then dust. His spirit comes out as a blue moth but is suddenly eaten by a crow. This last part is comical.

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