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.
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Poltergeist
PG1982
Based on 7 critics

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

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The Others
PG-132001
Based on 29 critics

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

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Signs
PG-132002
Based on 36 critics

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

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1408
PG-132007
Based on 27 critics

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

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Cloverfield
PG-132008
Based on 37 critics

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

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Carriers
PG-132009
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

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Fire in the Sky
PG-131993
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
PG-132010
Based on 31 critics

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