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15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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While not an outright horror film (author Neil Gaiman‘s work often fits comfortably between fantasy and horror), “Coraline” is a creepy and unsettling stop-motion animated story about a little girl who finds a magical world through a secret door in her house, only to discover that the world she found is more dangerous than it first appeared. Simple images take on frightening meanings (the button-eyes are particularly unnerving), and the result is a beautiful and disquieting film.

Rating: PG

Age recommendation: Kids 6 years and older should enjoy and understand the story.
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metamoracoug
metamora, IL

The Changeling with George C Scott should also be on this list,

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

What another lame list. Plenty of great Vincent Price flicks and the scariest movie of them all might be Poltergeist. I think that is rated PG.

Commodore
West Jordan, UT

This list was mostly lame.

The Solution
Dayton, OH

Watcher in the Woods is another excellent Disney scarer. When I was a kid, it really scared me. Years later I watched it with a group of friends, and it didn't have the same effect.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

I'm sorry, but "Nimh" and "The Black Cauldron" are not going to scare any but the most fragile kids above, say, 8. Kids can take . . and enjoy . . more than many parents think they can. I instilled a love of scary movies in my kids early on, and they can't get enough. I have to actually hold them back, as the creepier the cover on DVD or Netflix, the more they want to see it.

Major thumbs up to metamoracoug . . "The Changeling" is an outstanding haunted-house story that holds up well. "The Others" has become a favorite of all my kids since they turned 8 and is exceptionally well-made and acted. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is a solid newer one. Ignore the ludicrous R-rating the MPAA slapped on it; it's about the softest R you'll ever find.

If you don't mind subtitles, "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a creepy yet inoffensive Korean film. It takes some twists and turns, but my daughter loved it at 10 years old.

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