As evidenced by the recent news that 20th Century Fox' franchise reboot of 'Alien' is likely to be rated PG-13, any announcement that a horror film is going to be rated PG-13 typically has fans sharpening their pitchforks and igniting their torches. It doesn't matter whether it's a break with franchise tradition, as will inevitably be the case with this new 'Alien' film, or a tiny indie flick, the sentiment is that if anyone is going to be making a real horror movie, the only honorable thing to do is shoot for the R. Anything less is seen as a sign that a movie is going to be making sacrifices left and right to appeal to a wider demographic.

And while any film fan worth their salt would much rather see an R-rated 'Alien' film than anything else, the truth is the PG-13 rating isn't the curse of death many make it out to be. Sure, it limits the amount of profanity, nudity and gore that a filmmaker can show, but such limitations shouldn't be seen as deal breakers. Just because a film received a PG-13 rating does not mean that it was made for 13-year olds, and to that end here are a number of examples that prove when a horror movie is done right, it doesn't matter what the rating is.
The Last Exorcism
PG-132010
Based on 31 critics

A deceitful cleric (Patrick Fabian) must summon faith when he finds real evil at a Louisiana farm. Read More

Fire in the Sky
PG-131993
In Theaters on March 12th, 1993

Based on the true story of an Arizona lumberjack who claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Read More

Signs
PG-132002
Based on 36 critics

A widower (Mel Gibson) investigates huge circles in his crop fields. Read More

I Am Legend
PG-132007
Based on 37 critics

Vampires created by a man-made plague surround a lone survivor as he searches for a cure. Read More

1408
PG-132007
Based on 27 critics

A skeptical author (John Cusack) spends a night in a reputedly haunted hotel room. Read More

Cloverfield
PG-132008
Based on 37 critics

Terrified New Yorkers witness a monstrous creature's attack on their city. Read More

Knowing
PG-132009
Based on 27 critics

A professor (Nicolas Cage) and his son obtain a 50-year-old document that lists future disasters. Read More

Carriers
PG-132009
In Theaters on September 4th, 2009

Fleeing from a pandemic, four friends discover a danger greater than any virus. Read More

Poltergeist
PG1982
Based on 7 critics

Couple's (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) little girl drawn into other dimension. Read More

The Others
PG-132001
Based on 29 critics

A devout woman (Nicole Kidman) believes ghosts inhabit her darkened island mansion. Read More