Rejoice! Movie horror is getting back to its R-rated roots

Ben Arnold
Contributor
R-rated… host of horror movies avoided the dreaded PG-13 – Credit: New Line

For a while, horror… well, it wasn’t really all that horrible.

But now it seems that the genre is back in rude health, with a host of movies being given the proper R-rating.

The latest two projects are freaky doll sequel ‘Annabelle 2’ and the remake of Stephen King’s coulrophobic waking nightmare ‘It’, eschewing the really rather lame PG-13 indictment that has dogged so many so-called horror movies in recent years.

‘It’, which is being made by Andrés Muschietti, who made the Spanish supernatural horror ‘Mama’, will land in September.

And thanks to its r-rating, fans of King’s novel and also the 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry – likely the ground zero of clown phobias the world over – may view this remake more favourably, working as it is off a script by ‘True Detective’ luminary Cary Fukunaga.

‘Allegiant’ star Bill Skarsgård – son of Stellan, and brother of Alexander – will be playing the shape-shifting antagonist Pennywise, terrorising the children of a small town in Maine.

(Credit: Warner Bros)

The ‘Conjuring’ spin-off ‘Annabelle 2’, meanwhile, helmed by ‘Lights Out’ director David F. Sandberg, could also now be anticipated as a potentially worrisome affair – and after all ‘Lights Out’ was successfully terrifying.


The movies join a host of top flight horror flicks having done the rounds in the last year or so.

(Credit: Universal)

The likes of ‘It Follows’, ‘Lights Out’, period chiller ‘The Witch’ and Fede Alvarez’s ‘Don’t Breathe’ have received solid reviews, while Jordan Peele’s first foray into satirical horror, ‘Get Out’, landing in March, has been a rave on the festival circuit.

Starring British actor Daniel Kaluuya, it thus far holds a 100% approval rating on reviews aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

Horror, it seems – and scary kind too – appears to be back, and it’s not just about the jump-scares.

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