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Everyone is talking about the city-smacking Kaiju-vs.-Jaeger action in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, which is now playing in theaters everywhere. There is no question that when you feature a movie with giant robots and monsters swinging entire battleships at each other that the human characters seem tiny in comparison… with one exception. Ron Perlman's Hannibal Chau—a flashy, seedy gangster who sells Kaiju body parts on the black market—steals the show when he's on-screen. Perlman is to del Toro what Johnny Depp is to Tim Burton—they have worked together many times. Check out their collaborations below.
This 1993 vampire horror film is del Toro's first feature and his first collaboration with Perlman. Everyone in the movie, including Perlman, is after a 450-year-old golden, scarab-shaped device called the Cronos that attaches itself to humans and injects them with a solution that effectively turns them into vampires. Cronos is available on a Criterion Collection DVD, Blu-ray as well as VOD services.
Del Toro directed this best installment of the Blade trilogy, which stars Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire hunter who is a human with vampire genes. In Blade II, a freakish mutation has occurred in the vampire community where certain vampires become so consumed with their bloodlust that they start to feed on other vampires as well as humans and become hideous hinge-jawed monsters known as Reapers. If you're unlucky enough to survive an attack by a Reaper, you also become a Reaper yourself. Perlman plays Reinhardt, a member of the Bloodpack—a group of vampire warriors and assassins out to kill Blade. The Bloodpack teams up with Blade to contend with the Reaper plague, but Reinhardt holds a grudge against Blade until the bitter end. Blade II is available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD.
Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Perlman graduated to leading-man status for del Toro as the titular demon who secretly fights to keep the world safe from paranormal threats after he is conjured up by and then rescued from the Nazis. Affectionately called "Red" by pyrokinetic main squeeze Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), Hellboy has a thing for cats and constantly files off his horns to appear more normal—as normal as a towering red guy with a giant stone right hand can look, that is. Hellboy takes on Rasputin in the 2004 original. In the 2008 sequel, Hellboy must squash a rebellion by mythical creatures against humanity. Both movies are available on both DVD and Blu-ray as well as VOD.
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