Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Movie Poster Love: The PG Rated Horror Movie Edition

Unlike these days where they virtually don't exist, and the ones that are Rated PG-13 have largely been compromises down from an R Rating to gain a financial boost, some of the best Horror Films in Movie history were actually Rated PG. The good old days before that dreaded middle rating!

Here are some of my favorites:















18 comments:

Jinx said...

So cool I can't even pick a favourite.

Amanda By Night said...

Yeah, there's a lot of good choices here! I didn't know One Dark Night was PG... I think Salem's Lot had NO rating, since it was made for TV before that TV14 crap! That makes it kind of a renegade! :)

Cinema Du Meep said...

according to IMDB it's rated PG

Amanda By Night said...

And they're so reliable! :)

It's probably for the video release, but TV movies didn't get ratings back then, to the best of my knowledge.

I still say it's a renegade!

The Vicar of VHS said...

I rewatched INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS recently and was reminded how different the PG rating is today than it was back then. For nudity alone I don't think it'd get the same rating today!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Amanda,

It played in theaters as well (especially abroad) later on. That was before the boom of Home Video.

Vicar,

I know, right? Films got away with so much. Even in PG13 films there was risque nudity.

Amanda By Night said...

I don't mean to be a stickler, but an overseas release would get a rating for that country (it's UK:18 in England and so forth). As far as I can tell, it was never released here theatrically. Here is a pretty good article about the various edits:

http://www.1000misspenthours.com/reviews/reviewsn-z/salemslot1979.htm

I think the PG rating must be from the video release, which was the overseas theatrical cut... That's how I put it together anyway.

It's interesting because television had their own very strict standards and practices back then (as well as now) and I agree with Vicar, a PG is so different now as compared to then. I would think most of the old TVMs run by the MPAA would get the PG or G rating for sure. It just goes to show how well TV filmmakers worked within their boundaries. Salem's Lot totally attests to that!

My posts were not meant to contradict anything you researched, btw. I just was excited to point out how TV films worked by a far stricter code and the results were often marvelous and could rival any theatrical at that time!

Cinema Du Meep said...

I probably saw the not yet rated "european cut" in theaters then. I'm pretty sure it was on a double bill with something.

Amanda By Night said...

That's totally possible. I've seen the European cut of Battlestar Galactica in the theaters (it was magic)... But these movies were made without ratings in mind, as by then all tv movies were just unrated. Most especially something like Salem's Lot which is a mini-series. There are several cuts. For years only the overseas cut was available to American audiences. It's had a long history!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

What a great idea for a post. These ratings I think reflect what a given society values and what they abhor, and it's cool to look back and see what was accepted then and now-- essentially what parents were willing to let their children watch, or what messages we're okay with our children learning at a young age. Really cool.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Amanda,

So true! Films had so many versions back in the day. And I won't even go into the films that had XXX material inserted into them!

Direct To Video,

Thanks! It's strange, times have really changed, and as much as we have progressed, we kind of have taken steps back, too.

I live in New York, and parenting is so much different now then how it was when I was a kid. Children are really shielded now, whereas when I was a kid, I was watching R rated films in a theater by myself with no one thinking twice.

Colonel Mortimer said...

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things is no nice, you included it twice.

I had no idea either Patrick or Invasion '78 were not rated R, man PG ain't what it used to be.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

I was thinking the same thing. Last year I saw District 9 with some friends, and we were carded to get into it, which I don't ever remember happening when I was growing up. On the other hand, The Dark Knight was rated PG-13, so exactly what are we shielding our kids from? If I had a 13-year-old, I'd rather he/she saw Hot Tub Time Machine than The Dark Knight.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks Colonel! Now I know what I had 16 instead of 15. Fixed!

Direct-To-Video,

You were carded to get into District 9? That's absolute nutty to me!

Ally said...

oh man, i love old horror movies, too bad i'm sure like most of these are available on netflix. bummer.

Scott (gotankgo) said...

sick selection - haven't seen that specific Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake one sheet before

Ty said...

Another cool collection of horror movie posters! Race with the devil is a classic!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks, Fellas.

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