Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Hellboy's Mike Mignola

Horror meets art for the Hellboy comics creator.

by | November 12, 2008 | Comments

Mike Mignola - Mark Sullivan/WireImage.comHellboy creator Mike Mignola first saw his trademark comic book character make the leap from page to screen in 2004’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of the same name, helmed by fantasy auteur Guillermo del Toro. After co-writing two direct-to-DVD animated Hellboy films (one of which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy), Mignola reunited with comrade-in-arms del Toro to pen an original sequel to their successful first Hellboy film, infusing the familiar world of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense with a distinctly folkloric twist. The result, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, opened this summer to a Certified Fresh 88 percent Tomatometer score and comes to DVD this week.

RT spoke with Mike Mignola to learn his Five Favorite Films of all time, which appropriately span the cinematic landscape where art meets horror. (Stay tuned for Guillermo del Toro’s Five Favorite Films to see which beloved movie both Hellboy artists share in common!)

Bride of Frankenstein (1935, 100% Tomatometer)

Bride of Frankenstein
It’s just the greatest monster movie ever made. It’s so much weirder than it needed to be; in a way it’s kind of like Hellboy, where the first Hellboy movie was like, kind of normal, for what it was, but the second movie was so much weirder because the director was like, well I got that studio picture out of my system, now I’ll just go crazy. That’s what Bride of Frankenstein was like. It’s like a monster art film.

Beauty and the Beast (1946, 95% Tomatometer)

Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast — because it’s just the greatest, weird, fantasy art film ever.

Moby Dick (1956, 90% Tomatometer)

Moby Dick

Moby Dick — John Huston’s Moby Dick, because it was a movie I saw as a kid, and it was like the great, dramatic boy movie; it’s the movie I can still watch every week.

Basquiat (1996, 64% Tomatometer)


I moved to New York in 1982, and I didn’t know any of those kind of people but that kind of world was going on. It’s a brilliant film; the poetry of the language and everything else — it’s just a great film about art.

Henry V (1989, 100% Tomatometer)

Henry V

Kenneth Branagh‘s Henry V. Because it’s just a perfect mix of that great Shakespeare dialogue, with the music and the tone of everything, and the drama…it was just perfect.

Click for behind-the-scenes images from Hellboy II.
For more on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, click here.

Tag Cloud

Kids & Family crime thriller Trailer The Arrangement crime drama 007 Certified Fresh Musicals cops psycho Emmys cooking Cartoon Network El Rey LGBTQ Trivia docudrama FOX IFC Martial Arts Tumblr Fox News The CW MTV Showtime Red Carpet SDCC HBO NYCC Toys GoT Sci-Fi Grammys Music CBS All Access GLAAD Super Bowl Nickelodeon TLC social media Logo comiccon GIFs TIFF Rock diversity thriller Comedy Central Fantasy Nat Geo Interview Horror Photos Set visit Starz ABC zombie 2015 Valentine's Day Oscars Amazon Thanksgiving Disney Tomatazos American Society of Cinematographers harry potter TV Awards period drama CMT DirecTV Fall TV technology boxoffice sitcom Infographic OWN Mary Tyler Moore Star Wars Polls and Games Drama Rocky Rom-Com BBC America TNT Star Trek police drama Lionsgate Marathons Ghostbusters TCA Cosplay Election PaleyFest Nominations 2017 BBC Marvel WGN Food Network Calendar dramedy science fiction Countdown FXX Box Office Action Universal TBS ITV biography Pirates ABC Family Mystery DC Comics Country Writers Guild of America Hulu Character Guide Netflix based on movie ESPN Animation Crackle vampires CBS Best and Worst Pop Winners 24 frames Holidays TruTV SundanceTV President travel supernatural RT History Comedy Podcast Bravo Masterpiece Summer First Look Schedule Syfy BET Extras TV Land Esquire crime Opinion Watching Series serial killer PBS adventure Sundance NBC aliens Spring TV TCM A&E MSNBC CNN war X-Men Video Games Superheroes FX singing competition TCA 2017 AMC USA Lifetime Teen VICE discovery History VH1 Winter TV cinemax sports Reality politics Dark Horse Comics 2016 Sneak Peek Disney Channel E! Adult Swim Freeform APB Year in Review Comic Book Reality Competition Premiere Dates Biopics