15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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You’ll never view vacation driving the same again. “Duel” follows David Mann, a businessman on a long road trip, who finds his life threatened by an erratic truck driver who aims his 18-wheeler at David’s bumper. Directed by first-timer Steven Spielberg, this unbelievably tense and well-structured film was the signpost for an amazing career in thrillers like “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park.” With no one else to share the screen (including the villainous trucker whose face is never shown), actor Dennis Weaver convincingly evolves from timid city dweller to primal warrior struggling for survival.

Rating: PG

Age recommendation: The intensity and adult-skewing story make this better for kids 10 years 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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