Last night I decided to watch Guillermo Del Toro‘s HELLBOY (2004). It was a very likeable film, the dialogue and plot was predictable, but overall satisfactory. The story starts with World War II, the Third Reich worked to gain victory through supernatural means, by calling forth the Devil’s son to bring about the Apocalypse. The United States Army found a baby demon before the Germans, and they named him, Hellboy. Hellboy leads the Department of Paranormal Research and Defense along with pyrokinetic Liz Sherman and the oracle/merman Abe Sapien. One of the curious things that I noticed were the prominence of religious references, particular Catholic symbolism. I would compare Hellboy the movie version to a television show like CW’s Supernatural. The idea that the arrival of Satan/Lucifer brings about a global disaster, an apocalypse is really a reversal of the “end times” we see in Scripture. In the New Testament, Jesus comes back and arrives with a creation that is renewed, not one that is devastated.