Why Ratings In Horror Films Shouldn’t Matter 

I’ve been reading this conversation online, where this guy was saying a horror film can’t be good if it’s rated PG-13. I don’t agree with that statement at all. But, rather than get into an unnecessary argument with the guy, I wanted to post my point of view on the whole ratings subject.


First off, I’m just going to say that when I grew up watching movies, I’ve never focused on ratings. I focused on whether or not the film was good! Now, let’s go back in time to where the PG-13 rating didn’t even exist yet. A film would either be PG or R, there was no in-between. That was changed in the 1980s when people realized Jaws and Poltergeist had the same rating as A Christmas Story and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. That just wasn’t right.


Jaws is probably the most famous suspense-horror film in history! But with people’s mentality nowadays, they wouldn’t even give it a chance because of its PG rating. People don’t realize that when they refuse to see a film solely because of that rating, they are depriving themselves on enjoying a potentially fantastic horror film!

When it comes to toning down horror films for a PG-13 rating, I don’t believe filmmakers do that for a younger audience. I believe filmmakers do that simply for a wider audience. Does a PG-13 rating mean a horror film can’t be scary? Absolutely not! A good example of this is James Wan’s film, Insidious. It’s PG-13 and it still managed to scare the hell out of its audience.
Also, the guy said that The Ring was made for little kids because of the rating. When I was a little kid and I watched The Ring, I had to turn it off after the first scene! That movie is definitely  NOT for kids!

Now truthfully I’m not sure how a rating for a horror film is decided, when it comes to gore, violence, cussing, or nudity. However, if that’s all the stuff you look for in a horror film, there’s nothing wrong with that! Just don’t disregard a horror film that doesn’t have those things and actually focuses on telling a good story!

I guess the whole point of this post is that ratings shouldn’t and don’t matter. If a horror film is good, a horror film is good! Don’t miss out on a fantastic horror film because of a messed up ratings system!

3 thoughts on “Why Ratings In Horror Films Shouldn’t Matter 

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more! Great post, Karli. Would you be interested in joining our horror group on FB? Would love for you to share your work with our fans and join the horror convo!

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