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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