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Well this is somewhat disappointing. Director Jonathan Levine, currently doing the press tour thing for his comedy/drama “50/50″, recently told the boys at Joblo that his next movie, the post-apocalyptic/zombie/romance movie (yeah, bet you’ve never heard that combination of genres before, huh?) “Warm Bodies” will be PG-13, minus all the “exploding heads” you’d expect from a movie about, well, a world overrun by the living dead and scared people with shotguns.
Says Levine about what he intends to do (and not do):
We’re going for the romance, but we are trying not to pussy out on the gore. It is going to be PG-13 because I feel like the story is such that we don’t need to see heads exploding, and I always think it’s nice to have as many people able to see it as possible. I think this will be my first non R-rated movie and I’m not going for the exploding heads. It’s going to be more like action-packed, romantic kind of situation.
That makes no sense whatsoever. How can you not “pussy out” on the gore when you’ll need to make everything sanitized enough for a PG-13 rating? Sounds like someone’s talking a tad out of his butt there, no offense.
While Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies” didn’t exactly wallow in the gore like some horror movie freak, it never shies away from it, either. You have the zombie apocalypse told from the point of view of a zombie (“R”, to be played by “X-Men: First Class'” Nicholas Hoult), and these little undead buggers aren’t exactly planting flowers and what have you. When they’re not looking for human flesh to consume (which they do quite often), they’re dry-humping each other in an airport bathroom.
I guess we’ll see how Levine manages all the violence and gore (or lack thereof) and non-exploding heads. I don’t particularly NEED gore in my zombie movies, mind you, but a PG-13 zombie movie? That’s a bit of a stretch there. In any case, the bigger issue might be the book’s climactic Third Act battle, which almost completely takes place without the hero doing a single worthwhile thing. Heck, the heroine (to be played by “I am Number Four’s” Teresa Palmer) does more at the end.