Saturday, April 18, 2009

Drag Me to Hell Rated PG-13; Fanboys Commit Hari-Kari

Sam Raimi's eagerly anticipated return to horror, Drag Me to Hell, has been slapped with the dreaded PG-13 rating. Dreaded, that is, for horror movie fans who associate the rating with tween-targeted "horror lite" fare like Prom Night and The Haunting of Molly Hartley and not with a director who began his career with the bloody splatter-fests that were the first two Evil Dead movies. That said, the rating isn't a complete shock, given the third Evil Dead film, Army of Darkness, was rated PG-13 and had a distinctly more family-friendly vibe -- not to mention the fact that Raimi's been busy with the Spider-Man movies over the past few years. The rating is "for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language," which sounds good to me, PG-13 or not. You have to remember that:
  1. Raimi is still a good director.
  2. There have been quite a few enjoyable PG-13 horror movies (The Ring, The Others, The Sixth Sense, etc.).
  3. The trailer still looks fun.

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