The Wolfman Gets an R-Rating

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This should be good news for horror fans who are already anticipating next year’s adaptation of The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt. Our friends over at Slash Film have gotten word from studio Universal that a final cut of the much-troubled Wolfman adaptation has been handed in by director Joe Johnston (Captain America) and that the studio is happy with what they’re seeing.

Even better, Universal has reportedly decided to go with a longer and more violent R-rated version The Wolfman, which is rumored to be the better than the clipped and neutered version (see how I worked a dog joke in there?)  I’m sure many of us were worried the studio might try to push into the PG-13 market.

Though some of our Screen Rant readers disagree, I still think the second Wolfman trailer showed off what could potentially be a very entertaining film. The Wolfman mythos has had its ups (the 1941 Lon Chaney Jr. version) and downs (the 1994 Jack Nicholson version), but so far I believe this latest adaptation might succeed in falling somewhere in the middle-to-upper echelon.

Hearing that the movie now has a solid R-rating, and that it will be as savage and bloody as it needs to be, is, IMHO, good news. Sometimes blood, gore and violence are employed ridiculously (see: Ninja Assassin), but in a case like The Wolfman, I believe that trying to go the Wolverine route (read: having a clawed beast-man shred faces without spilling a visible drop of blood) would just annoy the crap out of audiences.

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Personally, I miss the horror films of the late 80s and early to mid-90s, which had very gritty, very real feeling violence and blood packed into them. The 2000 trend of absurd and exploitative violence in horror flicks (Hostel) or bloodless PG-13 ghost stories that rely on “atmosphere” to creep you out (The Grudge) have all been hard to endure. Hopefully The Wolfman will give me that nostalgic experience I’ve been waiting for.

What do you think about this R-rating? Good? Bad? Do the previous troubles with this film still have you worried about the final product?

The Wolfman hits theaters on February 10, 2010

Source: Slash Film

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  1. Its the first posetive thing I have heard about this for while. After all the recent trouble with this film, it is good to hear it will at least be a decent horror flick.
    But the calibre of people involved makes me very interested to see the final result, Joe Johnston is a decent director, and this showcase his abilities to those worried about Captain America.

  2. Excellent, excellent, excellent!
    The R-Rating is a must for a film like this.
    You could establish the gothic mood and atmosphere with the Wolfman but out of all the monsters, personally I feel the Wolfman should be an R only to establish the primal essence of the character.

  3. Saw the test screening of this recently at WB.. Not Universal..

    While it aint the greatest Werewolf film ever made but its close, its big and classy with good photography with some very cool visual effects and good performances.
    Van Helsing it aint!
    I hear they booted they original editor off because the film had major pacing problems and Walter Murch has fixed it as far as I can see..
    really cool..

  4. I think its the period setting in this that makes me want to see it, not another attempt to modernise an original story, and I have many reservations about remakes in general, the original is 70 years old. So its ok.

  5. Yay, violence :)

  6. But..but…but…I liked Jack Nicholson’s version. Oh, well, in the minority again. This is good news, though. How can you have a Wolfman movie without extreme violence and blood?

  7. Wolf was Meh.

    Dangit I was hoping for a nice PG-13 movie for the whole family to enjoy. IM RIOTING NOW!!!!!!

  8. A studio finally stepping up and giving an R rating! Awesome!

  9. Id think this would be sort of expected but hey…

  10. @ Terry 1

    I’m confused, the second trailer has the whole thing with the Universal logo and the shot of the moon…

  11. I smell bs…

  12. @Fenix

    Smell B.S. on what? That it’ll be rated R? That info came from the studio.


  13. My mistake… i was refering to the comment on the “test screening” I guess I interpreted that to meaning hes already seen the movie. I just found it hard to believe considering its still ways off

  14. I love that this movie is getting an R-rating for gore and violence, I’m almost positive adults would be the larger audience to this movie than teens anyways. I thought that the second trailer was a lot more action packed and I liked it more, but the first trailer had that shot where he is chanig, which is really cool.

    Is anyone else at all excited that they used make-up in stead of CGI-ing the wolfman all together (ie: Twilight)?

  15. At last… an R-rated horror movie which promises to be good. I’m thrilled that make-up is being used for the transformation of the Wolfman. A nice throwback to AWIL.

    I originally thought Universal would water the movie down for the PG-13 rating in order to make it more “family-friendly”, but after having sat through too many wimpy PG-13 “horror” movies, I’m delighted that The Wolfman is getting the R-rating which this kind of dark, Gothic horror story deserves.

    Yep … I’m there! :)

  16. The previous troubles w/this film have me worried about more than just the final product of this movie. It also has me a little worried about the final product of another movie he will have control of: Captain America. It definitely has me a little on edge.

  17. @ERA

    Hate to disappoint you but they are using CGI for the wolf, but just using it more effectively than I have seen before.


    I’m not worried about Captain America being in the hands of Joe Johnston, espicially as it is going to be a period film, he made one of my favourite films. The Rocketeer. This is a guy who can handle big bidgets and effects, but also knows how to keep the audiance involved with the characters. He will do a good job on Captain America, its the casting on that one which is the biggest obstacle.

  18. @DrSamBeckett…

    I’m going to add my vote of confidence in Joe Johnston. The Rocketeer is one of my favorite movies, and I have no doubt that he’ll do a great job with it. Since Cap is going to be a period film, Johnston will be a stickler for detail, and he’ll not only capture the era quite well, but he’ll do his best to make it an enjoyable film.

    However.. the biggest hurdle is going to be casting the film, especially the role of Cap, and since we haven’t heard anything on that front, I’m wondering when we’ll hear more about that.