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15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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

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Author Daphne du Maurier already had two books (“Rebecca” and “Jamaica Inn”) turned into films by suspense master Alfred Hitchcock when he set his sights on her 1952 story “The Birds.” According to a 2007 article from The Guardian, du Maurier was not happy with the changes Hitchcock made from her original (Hitchcock retained only the title and the central concept of birds attacking for an unknown reason). However, film history would disagree. The film is a textbook example of Hitchcock’s skill in using special effects, editing and mood music to create two hours of solid tension. With a career-making performance from Tippi Hedren, who worked with Hitchcock again in “Marnie,” it still stands as a classic in the horror-suspense genre.

Rating: PG

Age recommendation: The looming threat and the scare moments should be OK for viewers 10 years or older.
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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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