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"Harry Potter" and the Censors of Doom

There's an ugly reminder in the decision by British censors, as reported by the Guardian Unlimited, to give the latest "Harry Potter" film a 12A certificate--meaning that children under 12 will have to be accompanied by an adult--and in the fact that Warner Bros. is expecting a PG-13 rating in the States: full-fledged horror films ought to earn harder ratings than "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

The list of recent PG-13 scare flicks includes "Cry Wolf," "The Fog," the "Ring" movies, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and on and on. I realize that the pattern is occasionally broken with a welcome R-rated "Land of the Dead" or "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," but the ratio seems oddly skewed for a genre that's supposed to scare you out of your socks.

Maybe these things come in waves. I hope so. It's about time we start instilling values in the underage kids of America again, by making them sneak in to see horror films.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on October 23, 2005 11:39 AM
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