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Universal's Wolfman has nards, nabs an R rating!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Yes, it's good news that Universal is going with the R-rated cut of Wolfman. Yay for gore and nudity and whatever else that may entitle us horror fans to. It does make me sad that it's big news when a high profile studio genre film gets an R rating out of the gate, but I guess I'll take what I can get. In the original pre-director shuffle Andrew Kevin Walker script there was a great montage sequence as Mr. Talbot goes on his first werewolf rampage. It read far more in line with An American Werewolf In London than the classic Universal monster, which isn't a bad thing. Especially now that it (hopefully) means we'll get some explicit werewolf carnage. That's one step. Hopefully Joe Johnston's direction and guiding hand in pacing, editing and the performances from his actors all come together in the end and we get a cool, bloody and fun werewolf flick. I guess we'll all see come February. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    I'm the King

    by Chakraborty

    You're all queens.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Too many cooks spoil the broth

    by voxmortis

    I hope the film proves me wrong - so many horror stories coming out of the production (i.e. too many producers having too much say).

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    After all the delays...

    by Rocco Curioso

    maybe this is a vote of confidence in the finished product. Or just a surfeit of good sense.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    After all the 'Saw' and 'Hostel' films

    by PunchFucked

    is it really a big deal anymore that a horror movie is being released with an R rating?

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:33 p.m. CST

    might see this after all

    by frank cotton

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    The only good news tonight so far

    by kafka07

    much better than that Vulturess bullshit

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    R Rating does not = Quality

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Despite what the common wisdom of horror fans may be, "gore and nudity" never made a film. Unfortunately, Johnston came in and took over another filmmaker's vision rather late in the day, and the film's been rewritten and delayed repeatedly. This'll probably be a fun B-movie, but those expecting a return of the great monster film will probably be disappointed.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Is there Wolfman on Human action? That's all I care about.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    sometimes "gore and nudity" do make a film

    by vin_diggler

    if not for those two things, the Friday the 13th franchise would have ended after part 1.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    R doesn't = Quality, but....

    by ZoeFan

    It does insure a non-Van Helsing movie going experience. That's a good thing.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Well, I guess it could help with the atmosphere...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Having said that, if it's done tastefully, (as in say, "The Shining"), then R-rated material could give the film an adult/mature air to it. So, yeah...nevermind! Oh, whatever!

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Nudity would have saved Paranormal Activity

    by RequisiteMonkey

    Those plump, plump titties...mmmmm

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Will we get to see Emily Blunt's blunts?

    by Redmond

    'Cuz just gore won't fly with me.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkin's are bigger

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    And bouncier!

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Emily Blunt naked

    by YackBacker

    Bravo, Joe Johnston.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I just hope it's frightening.

    by LoneGun

    Frightening, stylish and compelling. Have to say, I'm a bit worried about this one. But I'm hoping...thinking good thoughts...There hasn't been a significant werewolf movie in some time. I'm hungry for one.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkin is a Wolfman too in this~!

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Anyone get to see HOUSE OF THE WOLF MAN?

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    BTW, why does Hopkins say all of his lines twice?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    BTW, why does Hopkins say all of his lines twice?

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Paranormal Acitivity nudity (sorta)

    by TheSeeker7

    If you want to experience some quasi-Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity) nudity in a vague, vicarious sorta way, check out pornstar Taylor Vixen. She's a former Penthouse Pet of the Month, and recently been on Howard Stern a couple times. I tell ya there's a couple of spots in the movie where, with the look on Katie's face, I actually had the fleeting thought of could it possibly be the same girl. Granted, if you look at them back to back, there are pictures of each where you'd say they look NOTHING alike, but trust me, there's also pictures out there of each where they look UNCANNILY ALIKE. And Taylor's funbags are huge and allll natural, too ;)<br> <br> More on topic, I've had a chubby for Emily Blunt ever since "Charlie Wilson's War" and would not argue with getting to see some skin.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, come on. Where is he? This is like me not posting

    by CreasyBear

    for a Man on Fire sequel. (Not that I'd ever need to see a sequel, but just for the sake of an analogy.)

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    joe johnston-

    by BendersShinyAss

    honey i shrunk the kids, rocketeer, jumanji, jurassic park 3..... Those films are all candy with a bad after taste

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkins repeats lines because he's getting the papers—

    by blakindigo

    — getting the papers…

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Joe Johnston directed Rocketeer. Ergo, he is a god.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    This film is going to be great fun.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    What does the "R" stand for?

    by MajorFrontbum

    Remake? Reboot? Roast Horse Shit?

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    That may be but it ain't got Elfman.

    by Proman1984

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Good for Universal

    by NotoriousBettyRage

    Always a nice thing to see a studio doesn't pander to making cuts to a film to get a few extra teenie boppers into the theater. Now let's just hope the film ends up being good.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    At least it's not emo werewolves in crappy CGI.

    by Zardozap2005

    Twilight still sucks. So there.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "I will kill *all* of you!"

    by cyberskunk

    Did anyone else think variations like, "I will kill *some* of you!" or, "I will kill hyphen nine *all* your processes!"

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    R rated, but does it come with a Leona Lewis song?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Yippe ...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS


  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Gore and Nudity in '04

    by fiester


  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hope they fix that rotten cg shot in the trailer

    by white_vader

    of the eye expanding. Baker must have had a conniption...

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Exactly, Proman.

    by Darkman

    No Elfman score = total dealbreaker.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:47 p.m. CST

    GET READY....

    by ChezKing

    For the GREATEST werewolf movie of ALL TIME...

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    An R-rating means nothing...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...when the movie is apparently a heavilly-reshot, endlessly-delayed mess with CGI werewolf effects and a dumped Danny Elfman score. Remember how everyone screamed about the PG-13 rating for Alien vs. Predator? Well, we got our R rating for the sequel...and it was one of the worst movies in recent memory.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by digital8

    It's not going to be GREAT. Stop it. You know I'm right.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I like this movie. It has balls. I like balls.

    by Anything But Tangerines


  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Don't care about the lack of Elfman

    by PunchFucked

    aside from the main Spidey theme, he hasn't written anything memorable since Sleepy Hollow. I'm more bothered that they replaced him with that Haslinger fuckup.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by Neosamurai85

    I mean, yes, I love atmosphere based horror that doesn't rely on gore, but I kinda like my werewolves to be messy. This movie feels like it would benefit from some solid werewolf carnage.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    an R rating is the cats blart

    by DarthBlart


  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Nice! Very good news indeed.

    by Sulla

    I would have bet anything this would have been cut down and slapped with a PG-13. Good to here they're going for a more adult crowd because the movie will be better for it.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    About time some good news came off Wolfman.

    by hallmitchell

    M.Romenek walked, delays in release date - always a very bad sign. Yet this has improved it's chances a little.

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    What was the first one's rating?

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 8, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    What was the first one's rating?

    by jerry91748

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Anne Hathoway as Vulturess

    by wampa_droppings

    gonna be wicked awesome, true to the origin.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I really had no doubt on the rating for this, but...

    by The Dum Guy

    Then again, I thought DH4 and T:S were-sure fire R ratings.<br><br>On a side note, I keep having dreams/nightmares about werewolves b/c I keep watching the trailers to this.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:56 a.m. CST

    In Joe Johnston we trust...

    by Gungan Slayer

    Hopefully Universal didn't fuck this one up too much. Looking forward to this one.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck cares about Wolfman...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...when A V A T A R is fucking our eyeballs in 8 days?

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST


    by Gungan Slayer

    all over my fucking keyboard. PIECE OF SHIT, BASTARD ASSHOLE SON OF A BITCH AICN that made me post while I was drinking. FUCK FUCK FUCKING FUCK. Jesus....still looking forward to the movie though, lol

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN

    Hooray for tardiness!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    PunchFucked you are wrong and clearly don't know

    by Proman1984

    What you are talking about. Hellboy 2, Milk, Taking Woodstock and Serenada Shizophrana (especially) are all terrific. Elfman rules.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    So yeah I mispelled that but Eman rocksorz the soxorz

    by Proman1984

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Here's hoping it'll allow him to R rate Cap America.

    by Dingbatty

    Okay, now I'm just dreaming.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    People are wimps, these days.

    by Dingbatty

    My parents let us watch R rated movies in the 80's when my brother and I were in elementary school.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Gee, that's really interesting Dingbatty...

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Fucking tool.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Hell Yea!!!

    by BlackBriar

    Bravo for Not taking the punk-ass route! P.S Damn You Twilight!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by Toonol

    People nearly invariably follow "FACT:" with an opinion or a rumor... generally a pretty unsupportable or ridiculous one, which is why they feel the need to buttress it up with false assurances.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:05 a.m. CST

    what is it with emily blunt

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    zooey deschanel, katy perry, the girl from wolverine all looking like slightly different versions of each other on a sliding scale

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    I reviewed this movie in-depth almost two months ago.

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Every time an article about this movie comes up on this site saying "Hey, I wonder what it will be like." I send Harry a link to it, or maybe even mention it in the talkback. Go find it on Yes, there are crazy violent disembowelings. No, no nudity.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    johnnyrandom - yes, awesome movie.

    by FamousEccles

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    you Yanksw

    by FamousEccles

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST

    you Yanks are bloody childish. getting all excited over stuff

    by FamousEccles

    that other countries show on prime time TV.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:28 a.m. CST

    The director is the wild card for me

    by AsimovLives

    I like everything else about the movie. but it's the director i have the least trust about the movie. Hopefully, he was uncommonly inspired when he made it and made a much better movie then the rest of his career.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:52 a.m. CST

    SADLY they chose to greenlght the R to...

    by ricarleite2

    fucking wolfman. So they will say FUCK THIS, no more R rated films.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    And they do this to get the SAW crowd

    by chien_sale

    Not the best reason to get an R rating

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Maybe that is where Fred's are!

    by Freds_Balls_in_a_Mason_Jar

    Hee hee

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7 a.m. CST


    by spud mcspud

    Every one of those women can slide on my scale any time they wish. It's what I'm here for :D

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty speaks the truth

    by spud mcspud

    At 10 years old, my Dad was introducing me to stuff like DEAD AND BURIED, THE EVIL DEAD, THE THING and THE EXORCIST. Scared me shitless at the time, but it gave me an appreciation for this genre that I've not seen in any kid of that age these days. Years of consumerist bollocks has turned this generation into a bunch of mindless zombie bastards that only like what Simon Cowell, Brett Ratner and McTwat tell them to like, and couldn't make an independent decision to save their lives.<P> I loved the 80s, and parents who let their kids watch movies like that. Parents smart enough to realise, kids can tell fantasy from reality much more easily than adults can. Because shit like SAW and HOSTEL disturbs me much more as an adult (because I know there are people in the world capable of that sick shit) than as a kid (when I always wondered what a person would look like inside-out - thank you Clive Barker, for answering that with the HELLRAISER movies).<P> And yes, my parents were responsible, caring, attentive, firm, and kept a fair rule in a house where discipline was important but love was far more important. Letting kids watch horror movies does NOT a bad parent make.<P> Dingbatty - I feel ya, dawg.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Watched the original Universal WOLF MAN on Halloween

    by SpyGuy

    A film legend he may be, but Lon Chaney, Jr. couldn't act for shit. Good thing Claude Rains was there.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by lprothro

    ..a good thing. I have no idea why people on here demand blood in everything. "A Barney and the Muppets team-up film? There better be lots of blood and nudity, then!" I was hoping more for mood, class and atmosphere. Those were the key ingredients in the old Hammer films and the majority of them still hold up to this day. Hopefully this film will be able to balance out all of those elements.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Cool News Indeed

    by Wookie_1995

    I was afraid it was going to be a toned down PG-13 Werewolf movie. But I'm glad to hear its R! :D

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by Kontarsky

    You probably get excited for Doctor Who specials. Sod off. That's even less thrilling.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Zahaladeen


  • Dec. 9, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Well, maybe it won't suck as hard as I thought...

    by HarryCalder

    ...but it's still a Joe Johnston movie... guy's batting average is a big, fat zero so far.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Yeah, not a fan of Johnston

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Thanks for killing the JP franchise, ya twit!

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Kinda surprised about this...

    by Mrhazard

    The trailer didnt seem like this movie was going to be explicit... I wonder what scene(s) pissed off the censors...<p>And yeah, I'm still not that interested in this project, but the world needs more Rated R flicks...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    So he literally has nuts dangling about?

    by SithMenace

    Or you're just saying this movie has the balls to be R rated?<p>Gotta tell ya', I'm not a big fan of Johnston's directorial work, and combined with the whole pushed back 4 times thing, I'm not very optimistic about this movie. Plus Elfman jumped ship, and supposedly his score was incredible.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    R rating? Now I may actually see it.

    by Quake II

    I had zero interest in a watered-down PG-13 werewolf movie. This rating will actually get me into the theater. I don't think studios understand that a PG-13 rating will get some more kids in the theater, but it really does drive away a lot of adults who want an uncensored story. Hey Hollywood! I have a lot more money to burn on cinema (including dvd sales) than a 14 year old mallrat kid.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by ikkyu

    it's short for "gonads". not "nards". Merkans...

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 6:23 p.m. CST

    R doesn't instantly make it good

    by skimn

    Could just be some insert shots of chewed up corpses, and an extra "fuck" or two uttered.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Only slightly more interested

    by Turingtestee

    Had not heard about Elfman doing the score. Glad he is off. Not that the Willy Wonka remake was any good, but damn, his music was god-awful.<P> I would say Batman was his most memorable.

  • Dec. 9, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    There would be more hate for a PG13

    by knowthyself

    So at least it's a good start to be rated R. Funny to see people still being contrary just to be cool. This web site should be renamed AINT IT COOL TO BE CONTRARY.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Jesus God in Heaven

    by frozen01

    Shut up about Avatar!!! There are 400 TBs about Avatar on this site alone, please don't ruin this peaceful little corner of the 'verse. People are capable of seeing more than one movie per month, you know.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Going with R-rating may not mean good.

    by kabong

    But it is reasonable to hope that it means there won't be any attempts to soften the movie so that grandpa and the grandchildren can go to it. <P> That means: let 'er rip.

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The REAL lycan at last!

    by Violator90

    A horror movie isn't a horror movie if its not rated R. Yes, that doesn't mean that it will be good, but it also means that we won't be getting a TWILIGHT version of what is one of the greatest monsters in movie history. <p> But so far, the trailer looks good and for the most part there is some hope that it will deliver. It's about time a good werewolf movie comes out! Fuck bloodsuckers! Lycans Rule!

  • Dec. 10, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    The anti-Twilight monster movie

    by skimn

    Yea the R rating doesn't guarantee anything but the cast DelToro, Hopkins, Blunt, Weaving, does at least give hope that its a quality film. No glistening 20-somethings here.

  • Dec. 11, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    thank fucking god

    by MacReady452