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
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
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

Based on 36 critics

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

I Am Legend
Based on 37 critics

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

Based on 27 critics

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

Based on 37 critics

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

Based on 27 critics

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

In Theaters on September 4th, 2009

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

Based on 7 critics

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

The Others
Based on 29 critics

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