15 decidedly scary films without R-rated content

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

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Most people don’t expect to be frightened by an animated film. But in “The Secret of NIMH”, the first film from animator Don Bluth after he left the Walt Disney Company, there are story elements and images that are sure to leave casual animation fans stunned and a little spooked. Based on Robert C. O’Brien’s novel “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” the story follows a widowed field mouse seeking the help of a shady group of super-intelligent rats in order to save her family’s house from destruction. Though there is comic relief in the form of Dom DeLuise as Jeremy the Crow, the film is unrelentingly moody, and characters like the Great Owl and Dragon the cat are memorably creepy.

Rating: G

Age recommendation: Everyone should be able to enjoy this one.
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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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