Normally, any movie with a doll is terrifying — look at Breaking Dawn, for example. Renesmee is scary as hell. While the Twilight films didn’t have to censor the horrifying love child of Edward and Bella to get a rating fit for their teen audiences,
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plenty of films have been edited to fit into a more accessible rating, like Perks of Being a Wallflower and, more recently, Black Adam. The upcoming horror movie Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022 is no different. In an interview with Games Radar, director Gerard Johnstone explains that when they were reshooting and reediting the film to get it down to a PG-13 rating, the changes added suspense and mystery, making the movie scarier than before. “Making it PG-13 was something that happened after the fact, but it was always so close to PG-13 anyway,” he says. “What I was really stoked about is that when we reshot those scenes, they were more effective. It’s like, ‘Yes, you do have to cut away at certain times,’ but it’s fun having to rely on sound and suggestion so much.” He cites other PG-13 horror flicks, such as Drag Me to Hell, as inspiration when reworking the film. Teens, prepare for the worst and hope for the best when meeting your first scary doll.
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022 doesn’t need an R rating to terrify moviegoers, according to its filmmakers.
Two of the producers behind the upcoming horror film, Jason Blum and James Wan, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why it’s a “cautionary tale” about the dangers of artificial intelligence.
When asked about some people expressing disappointment online that Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022 landed a PG-13 rating (for violent content and terror, some strong language and a suggestive reference), Blum said see the movie before judging it.
“Some of the scariest movies of all time are PG-13, so I don’t put too much stock in the bellyaching,” said Blum, 53. “Go see the movie and then tell me about it.”
Wan, 45, has directed R-rated films like The Conjuring, Saw and Malignant plus PG-13 titles like Insidious. He said, “I think it’s about whatever is most suitable for the film, and even though Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022 is a scary movie, teenagers will really dig this. They’ll really like it, and I think it will speak to them in a big way.”
“Yes, that’s right,” added Blum, the producer behind films like Get Out, Paranormal Activity, Happy Death Day and more. “We wanted teenagers to be able to see the movie, ultimately.”
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022, directed by Gerard Johnstone, is about an 8-year-old orphan Cady (Violet McGraw) living with her Aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), who invents a life-like doll meant to be a child’s perfect companion. After Cady becomes emotionally attached to Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022, the A.I. doll quickly becomes violent and defies her programming.
Wan also told THR why he thinks horror movies tend to perform well in theaters, citing the communal experience of seeing a scary film in a dark cinema.
“With horror movies, you tend to want to see it in a dark setting, whereas comedy can be seen at home in a brighter setting with family. Generally, comedies tend to be more family-oriented, while horror films are a great date movie,” said Wan.
“So, if the young people are the ones that go out to the theaters, that’s the kind of stuff they want to go see with their friends,” he added. “They want to be able to scream and get scared by a film, and then laugh at the funny bits to break the tension. Horror films really give you that roller-coaster experience, and the theater is really where you get the best experience.”
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022 is in theaters Jan. 6.
2022 was such a milestone year for the horror genre. That momentum only looks to continue in 2022 and the first stop on every genre fans calendar is Blumhouse’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Spanish Super Cup final 2022. The horror movie, which sees a new take on the killer doll sub-genre, releases this Friday after one of the best marketing campaigns in recent memory. Universal pulled out all the stops for this potential hit, but now we’ve received more insight from director Gerard Johnstone into why the film got a PG-13 rating.