15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

Published: Sunday, Oct. 27 2013 9:29 a.m. MDT

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A huge success on release (Box Office Mojo puts the total gross at more than $127 million) that is likely owed to the presence of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, “The Woman in Black” is a haunted house film that is truly scary without being violent, and stands as part of a resurgence in films that rely on practical effects and suspense-driven horror (along with films like “Insidious” and “Sinister”). Radcliffe, playing a widowed lawyer sent to an estate to close out legal matters only to discover supernatural business left unfinished, does an excellent job and is supported well by Ciaran Hinds and Janet McTeer. A haunting and ultimately touching story of love and loss, “The Woman in Black” is a perfect film to close out the Halloween film spree.

Rating: PG-13

Age recommendation: 12 and up should handle the jump scares well.

Chris Vander Kaay is a screenwriter and author who lives in Central Florida with his wife and co-writer, Kathleen. They write for smartdoglovespopculture.blogspot.com
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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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