|This was bad enough...|
Before I roll out the movie Ouija, rated PG-13, I thought I'd put my two cents in as to why there should not be PG-13 horror movies.
I'm not saying this because I want tons of gore, language and nudity in my movies - if a movie can be scary without that (and no shaky found footage shit either) then congratulations. But it STILL should never be rated PG-13.
I'd seen horror movies when I was way too young. I didn't understand a lot of what I saw and had misconceptions about several things (if you've read my blog on my Reddit questions, you already know what I'm talking about). But what SCARED me when I was young was reality. Besides being in a nasty childhood which I won't describe, things were happening back then too that I should never have been exposed to.
|This was more my speed...|
A television journalist was working in Managua with his crew when they were stopped at a checkpoint. They had press identification for protection but things went fatally wrong. The journalist was ordered out of the vehicle. No one knows what was said, but suddenly the journalist was on the ground and moments later was shot in the head. I had nightmares for months from this. I remember praying over and over every night just trying to not be scared enough to go to sleep.
So watching horror movies? Pffft, piece of cake. But not for most young ones. Rating horror with an 'R' keeps the audience aware that there is really something to the movie, whether a scare or gore or language or nudity. When you rate a movie PG-13, people, including parents, seem to think that what that means is the movie is 'safe' for everybody.
Remember my story about watching Men In Black III, rated PG-13? It was a rare evening to get to watch a new movie in the theater, but I spent the movie trying to keep a 5 or 6 year-old from crying, she was so scared (her dad had to sit in another row). PG-13 does NOT mean okay for kids. It does NOT mean a family movie.
|Anything with slimy black hair will do...|
Maybe PG-13 should just completely go away. That way I won't be spending the very rare times I watch a movie in the theater comforting some poor little girl who's scared spitless. I ain't never been a mom and don't plan to be one so why should I protect some weekend father's kid from nightmares?
Okay that was mean, I'd protect any kid. What it all comes down to is that no one should have to.