Carl explores why two of Hollywood’s hottest horror properties have been downgraded to receive a PG-13 rating
And they’ve done it yet again!
News has come out that ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘ and ‘The New Mutants‘, films that are due for release over the coming month have both been granted a PG-13 rating by the M.P.A.A. While ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘s rating fits in with the original film, ‘The New Mutants‘ has come as a surprise and not of the good kind. You see, despite all the claims that the film would be a more horror driven and frightening addition to the ‘X-Men‘ franchise, it was claimed that the film would be in ‘R’ rated territory and was most certainly not family-friendly. But once again, we, the audience and fans, have been let down by the film heading for family entertainment and not the adult kind we were promised.
‘A Quiet Place Part II‘ is rated PG-13 for “Terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images” while ‘The New Mutants‘ has a PG-13 for “Violent content, some disturbing/ bloody images, some strong language, thematic elements and suggestive material”
It isn’t that much of a shock, however. Since Disney took over 20th Century Fox and has almost all the Marvel universe under its control, it was possibly inevitable that the film would possibly be tamed down to fit in with their strategy. However, it is extremely annoying that a film that was promised to be not for children and was frightening and scary for adults has been diluted to gain a rating that benefits box office takings and not audience satisfaction.
In the UK, the original ‘A Quiet Place‘ was rated 15 for adults only and it’s probable that the sequel will get the same rating again. However, it is almost certain that ‘The New Mutants‘ will expect to gain a 12A rating in the United Kingdom and as such, is liable to feel the scissors of the UK’s B.B.F.C to get it, thus denying the audience the chance to see even the diluted version of the film in full. Sony did the right thing by accepting the 15 rating they earned for ‘Venom‘ which didn’t dampen the film’s box office in the U.K. Disney need to recognise this when ‘The New Mutants‘ comes before the British board and gains the more restrictive rating it is liable to get. The film companies need to accept this before people like myself, tired of being offered diluted entertainment start to vote with our feet and cash and not even bother going to see these movies. That is MY opinion anyway.
‘A Quiet Place Part II’ opens March 20th.
‘The New Mutants’ opens April 3rd
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!