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There’s a howl in the night. Somewhere, deep in the dark woods of Bulgaria, a pack of wolves stir. They’re hungry, thirsty, and they’ve just spotted their next meal. The black dogs, with eyes that glow in the moon’s light, swarm on their targets, humans unaware that they are being tracked until the beasts are upon them. And then, just as their tongues lick across their sharpened canines… a lot of “oooo”s and “awww”s ensue.
Members of craft services on the set of Hellboy come out to greet the dogs for some snacks and a whole lot of ear scratching. According to production designer Paul Kirby, they’re just some of the stray dogs that roam the city of Sofia and are tracked by the municipality. With production on the reboot set up in the hills on the outskirts of the capital, the pups are regulars. They come every day to feed on scraps — and the crew is more than happy to oblige for the cost of a head scratch and a few cheek licks.
Part - Film - Place - Night - August
It’s part of what makes the film set such a strange place. As night falls on a windy August night, so windy that it blows away all effects from the smoke machines pumping mist into the evening air, set pieces like the chicken-legged hut of Baba Yaga and the eery display of Merlin’s Tomb, begin blending into the shadows. Then there’s David Harbour himself, star of Stranger Things, who is rarely seen by even his own cast mates out of Hellboy makeup. There always seems to be a horned red beast of the apocalypse walking about in a trench coat for coffee breaks at any given hour.
It’s all for the benefit of the production, which took up the unenviable task of creating a new kind of Hellboy...
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