The first trailer for the reboot of ‘Hellboy‘ had left many wondering if it was going to be darker than the original Guillermo del Toro PG-13 films as it seemed a bit lighthearted in nature. We had long been hearing from franchise creator Mike Mignola that it would be more comic accurate and the cast and crew have all stated it would be embracing more of its horror roots.
An R-Rating seems to help prove that may end up being the case. The confirmation on the rating came from the Exhibitor Relations Co. and can be seen in the Tweet below:
It’s what we deserve. Neil Marshall’s HELLBOY: Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore throughout, and language…and because they advertised it as “Legendary AF.”
— Exhibitor Relations Co. (@ERCboxoffice) February 27, 2019
This is giving fans the rating which they’d want for the movie, now let’s just hope that the second trailer lives more up to the initial hype than the first one did.
As star David Harbour has previously told us his character “is sort of destined to bring about the apocalypse” and that they “explore the horror of what it must be like to be from hell and to struggle to find your place among human beings.” Before that, the actor also shared “there’s really a sense that you’re actually killing things, even if they are giants or monsters. You’re chopping their heads off, you’re bathing in their blood, and you’re feeling the complex feelings of actually cutting the heart out of another thing. We’re taking the time to deal with the fact that Hellboy is a killer. He’s a weapon.”
While all of this could end up being watered down when the movie is released in April, I suspect that the marketing is going to start focusing on these darker elements with the next trailer. At least, one can only hope that they do if it is meant to be an accurate representation of the movie.
Are you excited to hear that the reboot of ‘Hellboy’ will have an R-Rating? Do you think this will be good news for future trailers of the film? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Hellboy’ will rise into your local theater on April 12th, 2019! It stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church.