HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Tyger Tyger
Filmmaker's House, The
Man Standing Next, The
Rock, Paper and Scissors
Batman: The Long Halloween Part One
Salaam Bombay!
Boss Level
My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To
Edge of the World
PTU
Superdeep
Insignificance
Treasure City
Piccadilly
Parallel
Invasión
Shiva Baby
Flowers of Shanghai
War and Peace
Agony
Merrily We Go to Hell
Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie's Dead Aunt)
Amusement Park, The
Lemebel
Hands of Orlac, The
Cats
Death has Blue Eyes
Caveat
Kala Azar
Duplicate
Flashback
Gunda
After Love
Earwig and the Witch
Zebra Girl
Skull: The Mask
Vanquish
Bank Job
Drunk Bus
Homewrecker
   
 
Newest Articles
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
   
 
  Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms Japanese Jaunt
Year: 2006
Director: Phil Weinstein, Tad Stones
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Peri Gilpin, Dee Bradley Baker, Keith Ferguson, Yuriana Kim, Clyde Kusatsu, Phil LaMarr, James Sie, Mitchell Whitfield, Gwendoline Yeo
Genre: Animated, Fantasy, TV MovieBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Representatives of The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Liz Sherman (voiced by Selma Blair) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) are investigating an underground temple when Abe steps on an apparently innocent paving stone which triggers a wall to lift open, revealing a line of ancient mummies standing motionless there. The duo are actually a trio and wonder where the third member of their party, good guy demon Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is when he bursts into the chamber in combat with a huge bat creature that doesn't know when it's beaten. As Abe and Liz regard this, the mummies spring to life and advance, with the agents' bullets proving to have no effect. With Hellboy getting nowhere with his assailant, and his friends surrounded, there's only one thing to do: Liz must use her powers over fire to save them.

And so commences the first animated Hellboy TV movie, taken from the comic book by Mike Mignola, who wrote the story for this with co-director Tad Stones (he scripted with Matt Wayne). In an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the big screen version, some of the same voice actors are used, with Perlman and Blair returning and Jones getting to use his own voice, which he didn't in the original film. Despite this, they don't make the characters come alive as they did before, and this incarnation of the hero and his assistants is more of a generic cartoon adventure - it's good that they didn't use this story for the film version, as it falls flat on the whole, with whatever ambition it has somewhat muted.

The main plot is nothing to do with mummies or giant bats, but all to do with a sacred Japanese sword that a Professor is reading up on, and wouldn't you know it, he's found a special scroll to illuminate the legend. A scroll which inadvertently transforms him into a slavering monster into the bargain, and sets the Bureau onto discovering what exactly is going on. While looking around the Professor's office, Hellboy happens to pick up the sword and is transported to medieval Japan, where he encounters a variety of ghosts, creatures and tasks, which is all much of a muchness. Meanwhile, his colleagues track down the Professor and have the effects of two thunder and lightning demons to contend with. If you enjoy Saturday morning animation Sword of Storms should be entertaining, but it's never anything more than that, and fails to capture Mignola's distinctive style of artwork. Music by Christopher Drake.

[Anchor Bay's DVD has a host of extras, with featurettes galore and an audio commentary with Mignola and the directors.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3106 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: