Guillermo del Toro has made a career out of working with monsters and other creatures, so when he took on the highest-budget movie of his career at that point, he made Hellboy a menagerie of horror creatures and great action. Loosely adapting Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, the film makes Hellboy the equivalent of a lovesick teenager living in a luscious and spectacular world of monsters and demons.
Hellboy is definitely on the more pulpy side of horror compared to other entries in this list, and like many of del Toro’s projects, it manages to be dark without being gritty. Indeed, del Toro infuses Hellboy with his signature optimistic love of monsters, and the result is a movie of dangerous creatures, some of which trying to fight back against the evils of mankind. The visuals, especially the creature effects, are a sight to behold, and if you want a Halloween film that won’t give you nightmares, but still embraces the spirit of the season, Hellboy is a perfect choice.