Neil Marshall has stated from the get-go that one of the biggest differences between Guillermo de Toro’s Hellboy movies and his iteration (arriving in US theaters on April 12th) is that his will be violent enough to merit a R rating from the MPAA. (Del Toro’s Hellboy films were both Rated PG-13) The film’s star, David Harbour has made statements to the same affect.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time horror fans have been promised an R-rated comic book or graphic novel adaptations only to get the old bait and switch (I’m looking at you Venom). But today, we can officially put those fears to rest: Marshall’s Hellboy has officially received its R rating!
Our UK homie Mr. H unpack the news in the video embedded at the top of the article. He speculates this announcement may have been as a sort of consolation to fans for not releasing a trailer last week (as was suspected). Also, he suggests the confirmation of an R rating in advance of the next trailer release suggests we may be getting a Red Band, putting the new Hellboy’s promised violence front and center.
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You can also check out the synopsis and first (and, so far, only) Hellboy trailer below.
Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.
In addition to David Harbor as “Big Red”, Marshall’s Hellboy stars Daniel Dae Kim, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane.