15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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

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One kind of fright film surprises the audience because they didn’t see something coming; another kind shows them something that the characters don’t know, and the audience fears for them. This is the premise behind “Wait Until Dark,” a film in which Audrey Hepburn plays a blind woman besieged in her apartment by thugs looking for something hidden in a doll she was given. Directed by Terence Young (a change of pace for the director of the first three James Bond movies), with a score by “The Pink Panther” composer Henry Mancini, “Wait Until Dark” is a smart thriller that portrays a strong woman using a disadvantage to her advantage.

Rating: Unrated

Age recommendation: A couple of frightening scenes and threatening bad guys make this better for kids 12 and older.
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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.

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.

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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