The Hellboy reboot is currently filming but it turns out not everyone is very happy about one of the locations where they are filming. At the moment, they are filming at the Wells Cathedral but some people who worship at the 900 year old building were not happy about it, given the movie’s Nazi and occult themes and scenes according to the BBC.
Pamela Eagan who lives opposite the building said she was horrified.”For heavens’s sake. Are we losing sight of what this was built for?” she said.”I have to say I am surprised and shocked.”
A spokesman for the church said that this was a classic good vs evil story but they understand the concern.
In a statement, cathedral officials said they realised the decision might cause concern, but allowed filming after looking further into the story. They said the superhero’s true nature was that of a defender against the forces of darkness, in an eternal battle of good against evil.
We got a longer statement in the Somerset Live about why the church decided to book the production.
A spokeswoman for Wells Cathedral said it accepted “bookings from a range of organizations for the use of its space”. “The Dean and Chapter agreed to let M11 use the Cathedral to film a small element of the forthcoming feature film, Hellboy,” she said.”We realize that the idea of this filming may cause concern with some people who aren’t familiar with the stories and character. Hellboy originated, in fact, as a superhero in a series of novels created by Mike Mignola. His true nature is one of a hero and he becomes a defender against the forces of darkness. “The eternal battle of good over evil which this story examines helps us to encourage an intelligent faith which does not hide from controversy and one that looks for the good inside people no matter their outward appearance.”
The church did not respond to comments when asked how much they were paid to let the production film in the church.
Hellboy, directed by Neil Marshall, will star David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Sasha Lane, Penelope Mitchell, and Ian McShane. It will be released on January 11th, 2019.