Andy Serkis Explains How Venom: Let There Be Carnage Pushes PG-13 Boundaries

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By Nobelle Borines | More Articles Hoarder of Fantasy Books and Stephen King Wannabe
September 15, 2021  10:06 AM

People are undoubtedly expecting a lot of blood and casualties in Venom: Let There Be Carnage considering that Carnage is in the movie. However, all the violence could be kept at a minimum since the sequel is rated PG-13.

Nevertheless, Andy Serkis assures fans that Venom 2 will be a film that will meet their expectations. The director shared how the highly anticipated Sony flick will push the boundaries of the PG-13 rating.

There is little doubt that fans have high expectations for Venom 2 after the success of the first movie. But will it be more vicious now that Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady will be unleashed? Serkis told IGN that "you could go down an R-rated adult version of this." However, he worked with the allowed PG-13 rating for a sensible reason.

"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," Serkis said.

He then added that the limitation didn't stop him from exploring different ways to convey Carnage's brutality.

"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," Serkis said. "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."

That's an excellent explanation and it does confirm you don't need to see the blood and gore just to be terrified of what Carnage can do. It's also an interesting tease at how all that violence was handled and depicted in Venom 2. Needless to say, we can't wait to see this movie in theaters.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage brings back Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and Reid Scott as Dan Lewis. The sequel will also introduce Naomie Harris as Kasady's love interest Shriek. The movie is scheduled for release on October 1, 2021.

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