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10 Worst PG-13 Horror Films Since 2000

The Diet Coke of horror.

Is it too much to hope for in a multiplex horror movie that it'll deal with adult themes, have a few memorable lines and won't be shot like a music video? Yes, it is, so the most you can ever hope for is a visceral thrill. If nothing else, the so-called €œtorture porn€ fad delivered that, but far more profitable (and hence attractive to studios) was the trend for PG-13 horror pictures. When The Sixth Sense made $672 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing horror films of all time, studios interpreted its success as a sign that non-restrictive ratings were key in developing the next blockbuster. They were seemingly proved correct when, a few years later, Gore Verbinski€™s remake of The Ring made nearly $250 million worldwide. As studios rushed to find material that wouldn€™t tax the average adolescent overmuch, the trend initiated by these films quickly became monotonous, if not downright cynical. If Rupert Wainwright€™s remake of The Fog proved anything, it was that the PG-13 crowd would pay to see anything, even if it was slapped together in 11 months. €œTorture porn€ movies such as Saw were eventually overtaken by the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises at the box office, but PG-13 horror is still with us, rearing its ugly head with the recent Poltergeist remake and the forthcoming Rings movie. For 10 reasons why PG-13 horror doesn€™t work, read on.
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Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'