Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Director Andy Serkis Promises That ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Pushes the Limits of PG-13 Violence

Like the first movie, October’s sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be unleashed into theaters with a PG-13 rating, specifically for “intense sequences of violence and action, some strong language, disturbing material and suggestive references.” The film, directed by Andy Serkis, comes to theaters on October 1, with no home video release date at this time.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Let There Be Carnage is rated PG-13, as the box office success of the first film – $856 million worldwide! – all but ensured that Venom movies will always be rated PG-13 from here on out. But that doesn’t mean he can’t bite off heads and it doesn’t mean that things can’t get violent, as Serkis reminds in a new chat with IGN this week.

“You could go down an R-rated adult version of this. Of course you could,” Serkis explains. “You could have done that with the last film. But we wanted to reach a big audience with this and… there are several rules you have to abide by. However, having said that, I think we have pushed to the very limits [with] the danger and darkness and the threat and the menace of Carnage.”

He continues, “Just because you don’t see so much gore — perhaps there’s not so much blood or… seeing heads being bitten off — you can still suggest that. The suggestion, leaving it to the audience’s imagination, can be just as powerful. I think that’s just what we managed to do. It’s certainly not shying away from the darkness.

“And the real heart of Carnage as a character isn’t compromised at all.”

Tom Hardy is back as Eddie Brock, who is of course also the alien symbiote known as Venom. Woody Harrelson, who popped up as Cletus Kasady in the first film’s post-credits scene, ultimately becomes Carnage in the film. Michelle Williams is also back in the upcoming sequel to the smash hit movie from 2018, with Naomie Harris co-starring as Shriek.


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