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.
Poltergeist Movie Poster
Based on 7 critics

Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson),... Read More

The Others Movie Poster
The Others
Based on 29 critics

Grace (Nicole Kidman), the devoutly religious mother of Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley),... Read More

Signs Movie Poster
Based on 36 critics

Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers... Read More

1408 Movie Poster
Based on 27 critics

Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a successful author who enjoys worldwide acclaim debunking supernatural... Read More

Cloverfield Movie Poster
Based on 37 critics

As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party,... Read More

Carriers Movie Poster
In Theaters on September 4, 2009

When a virus threatens to wipe out humanity, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), his brother Brian (Chris Pine),... Read More

Fire in the Sky Movie Poster
Fire in the Sky
In Theaters on March 12, 1993

In 1975, a group of five men are driving home after working in a forest when they see a mysterious light.... Read More

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The Last Exorcism
Based on 31 critics

After years of gulling the faithful, cleric Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) feels remorse and decides... Read More