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Jancy Richardson

As a horror fan, does a PG-13 rating make you turn off... or stick around to see how scary something can be without gore, cursing and extreme violence? For me, sometimes I have a craving to watch some hardcore, bloody, messed up stuff, but other times I choose the slow-burn of clever scares and more ambiguous - and therefore harder to censor - threats.

This cool Reddit thread explores some of the most creepy movies that have been officially classified as suitable for kids of 13 or over, with only recommended parental guidance for kids young than 13.

Check out some of the creepiest movies rated PG-13 and ask yourself - does a PG-13 automatically mean a movie won't be scary?

1. The Grudge (2004)

Fellow J-horror remakes The Ring, The Eye and Dark Water also achieved the PG-13 rating, suggesting that the quieter spook-and-scare tactics of these movies is somewhat more subtle than the majority of stalk-and-slash movies.

2. Insidious (2010)

Insidious is possibly director James Wan's lowest-rated movie in terms of MPAA certification: Dead Silence, The Conjuring and Saw (obviously!) were all R-Rated.

4. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

This one really surprised me! Despite the projectile vomiting, terrifying curses, heavy bleeding and adult-themed fan theories about the plot present in Drag Me to Hell, the movie comfortably earned a PG-13 rating.

5. The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director M. Night Shyamalan is something of a specialist in making creepy movies with a PG-13 rating. Signs, The Visit, Devil and The Village are all PG-13, but weirdly enough The Happening was stuck with an R.

6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Despite what some might call some pretty disturbing content, Emily Rose - based on the harrowing true life story of Annaliese Michel - was granted a PG-13 certificate. The same goes for several other exorcism movies, including The Last Exorcism and The Haunting in Connecticut.


Does a horror movie have to be R-Rated to be truly scary?

Source: Reddit, Youtube


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