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Guillermo del Toro and the Sweaty, Wrinkled Balls of Horror

May 8, 2011

Apparently horror films don’t generate impressive ticket sales, especially if they are rated R.  Guillermo del Toro, the director, producer, and screenwriter that was the mastermind behind Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, saw two of his horror projects take a blow this year because of R ratings.  First, Universal Pictures slaughtered his long-time dream to produce an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella, At the Mountains of Madness, citing budget concerns and the likelihood of an R rating, which would reduce ticket sales. 

Next, his adaptation of the horror film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was slapped with a “non-negotiable” R rating by the MPAA for “pervasive scariness.”  When he asked the MPAA what modifications he could make to get it down to the intended PG-13 rating, they responded, “Why ruin a perfectly scary movie?”  The director replied, “Horror has to have balls and those balls have to be sweaty and wrinkled. ”  We couldn’t agree more.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was tossed around by Disney before it found a distributer for the film, delaying its opening from January 2011 until August 12, 2011.  Even with its delay, del Toro fans should be happy that the trailer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark shows the same exquisite cinematography and visually pleasing components the director is famous for. This weekend, Fangoria was the first to release a sneak peek at the movie poster:

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark


Despite Hollywood’s pressure to Botox the wrinkles out of horror’s balls, and del Toro’s departure from The Hobbit last year, even a bad year is good if you’re Guillermo del Toro.  It was recently announced that he has officially signed on as the director of Pacific Rim which sounds like a cross between Godzilla and Avatar.  As for us Lovecraft fans, we can count on del Toro pressing forward until At the Mountains of Madness finds a home with a studio.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ToroToroToro! permalink
    May 8, 2011 8:46 pm

    Hang on…so the MPAA told the holy Toro that ‘Don’t be afraid of the dark’ was better as a hard ‘R’?

    Don’t seem right.

    In other news, I heard Jackson got jealous of Del Toro and got him kicked off Hobbit…obviously scared his orignal films were gonna be made to look like the tedious pieces of shit every sane person knows them to be when G worked his magic.

  2. Stavrogin permalink
    May 8, 2011 8:49 pm

    At the mountains of madness should be an R.

    Del Toro will only get the chance to make it his way when he makes a film that takes over 100 mil at US Box. Sad but truth.

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