Well im a huge fan of the comic book. I've been reading it for a long time now. I was worried about the film adaptation. I knew it was in capable hands though, Del Toro has made some great films. Devil's Backbone is a really beautiful story and film. Also I was happy that Mignola was heading up all the visual concept work, but Mignola is a comic book creator not a film maker. The film, in alot of ways is missing the mood and simplicity that the comic book has always had.
All in all, the Hellboy film was entertaining if not a great film. The make-up was really top quality, as one would expect when Rick Baker is involved. The Kroenen make-up in particular was astounding.
The giant Lovecraftian demons at the end of the film were also a highlight. Holy Tentacle Apocalyse!
Lets hope that "At the mountain of madness" breaks the streak of awful Lovecraft film adaptations.