Beautiful Freaks: Love and Acceptance in Guillermo del Toro’s HELLBOY Films

By: Emily von Seele

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There’s a moment in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army that fills me with joy like no other. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), both lovesick, sit together in the library of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) and drown their sorrows with beer and sappy, soft rock love songs. Each character is facing his own romantic dilemma and is unsure how to proceed — fearing the worst, but hoping for the best.

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Dead Ringers Episode 28: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) + INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978)

Nolan is joined by Ben McBridePaul Farrell, and Philip Yount to discuss Don Siegel’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) and Philip Kaufman’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978). The crew digs into new discoveries and rewatches, as well as recent horror releases — including a lengthy review of Jordan Peele’s Us (2019) (**Spoilers from 44:00 – 1:02:00**) — before aliens infiltrate and replace each of the co-hosts with an emotionless clone (and also compost their bodies or whatever).

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Dead Ringers Episode 27: PET SEMATARY (1989) + WAKE WOOD

Nolan is joined by Emily von Seele — as well as special guests Stephanie Crawford from The ScreamCast & Dread Central and Michele Eggen from Wicked Horror & Ghastly Grinning — to discuss Mary Lambert’s Pet Sematary (1989) and David Keating’s Wake Wood (2011). The crew catch up on recent horror releases, new discoveries, and rewatches before a monkey’s paw grants them the power to bring their loved ones back from the dead, as well as bringing about their own demise.

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Dead Ringers Episode 26: THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL + THE INVITATION

Nolan is joined by Kat Adams, Ben McBride, Paul Farrell, and Thomas Foster to discuss Ti West’s The House Of The Devil (2009) and Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation (2016). The crew share their thoughts on recent horror releases, new discoveries, and rewatches before being summoned by a sinister cult to spend a single night in an unsettling house under false pretenses.

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