After months of comments from the cast and crew that director Neil Marshall's Hellboy reboot would be darker and more violent than the original cinematic adaptations by Guillermo Del Toro, the upcoming film now has its official MPAA rating.
The Dark Horse Comics adaptation of Mike Mignola's fan-favorite demon hunter has been announced as rated R for bloody violence and gore throughout and language. This lives up to the cast and crew's promise of a darker, more mature take on the property than Del Toro's two PG-13 rated films.
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
The first trailer for the film debuted this past December and surprised audiences with its light, irreverent tone, in contrast to the earlier claims.
Following the trailer's premiere, star David Harbour elaborated that his version of the character would be more of a killer than Ron Perlman's incarnation, chopping off heads and bathing in the blood of his enemies. Judging by the film's rating, he may not have been exaggerating.
Arriving on April 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.