Colours Highlight: Hellboy (2004).

Hellboy directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro.

Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy (2004) is a fantastical action film that shows del Toro’s masterful use of colour to create this landscape of New York City, which has an underground world full of mythical and fantastical creatures.


Almost every frame of Hellboy is full of vivid colours but there's a balance to them, and it’s that balance that allows Guillermo del Toro to be able to tell the story through the use of colour.


Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to intense colours and with Hellboy you can see his love for the primary colours of blues, reds and yellows. And, here the predominant colour is blue and del Toro is known for using associative colours a lot, the blue here is associated with death and danger.


They can also represent the characters, blue is associated with Abe, black with Liz (blue flames also), and reds with Hellboy. You’ll notice black being paired up a lot with blue to black’s own association with death.


While the yellows have a more romantic sense to them, there’s the use of complementary colours to represent the balance, and different worlds that are within the film.














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