Most horror fans worth their salt are skeptical of PG-13 horror films. They are often a ploy to sell tickets to the tween audience, rather than deliver a quality and well-crafted fright film. With that said, there are exceptions to every rule and lately a handful of PG-13 horror films have really delivered. With Halloween upon us, we revisit some PG-14 horror films that fired on all four cylinders.
By Tyler Doupe
I don't know if you can count Monster Squad or Gremlins 2 as horror. Monsters do not make a horror movie, ie Monsters Inc.
PG-13 horror movies are just fine depending on your definition of horror. For many horror fans gore, and lots of it, is what makes a horror movie. For me there is nothing even remotely frightening about gore. Saving Private Ryan had a lot of gore--not a horror movie. For me a great horror movie will give me goose bumps, make the hair on the back of my neck stands up, make me not want to see what happens next because I'm afraid of what happens next. The Exorcist is my favorite horror movie; I will not watch this movie unless the sun is up and someone is with me. Yes, it was rated R but today it would most likely get a PG-13. The Grudge is my favorite of recent years. A good horror movie does not need a R rating.
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