Wednesday, July 18, 2012

P-13 Horror Movies of the 2000's


 Best Contemporary PG-13 Horror Movies 


2000's Horror Movies |                                                              | 2010's Horror Movies |
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TOO SCARY 2 WATCH now presents a list of contemporary PG-13 horror films (arranged alphabetically) that we believe may be worth checking out, if you love scary movies, but you don't like some of the vulgarity, sex, blood, guts and gore that usually go hand in hand with scary movies. The list will continue to be updated as we continue to find more 2000's PG-13 horror movies that we believe are worthy of adding. We've also decided to include a few of the R-Rated horror movies that we feel are relatively clean (some of the ones that barely missed the PG-13 rating). 

Though our intentions were to create a list of the best PG-13 Horror Movies of the 2000's", we've decided to start with 1999, so as to include great PG-13 horror movies such as The Sixth Sense and the Storm of the Century.



Action horror movies, popular horror movies, underrated movies, Independent movies, remakes, and more ... 

It can be argued whether some of the movies on the list belong in the horror genre (depending on how one defines horror) ... nevertheless (with versatility in mind), we've included some that are definitely horror, some that are horror comedies, some that are sci-fi action horror, some that are psychological thrillers, along with others that may be open for interpretation
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Disclaimer

Not all of the movies on the list, in our opinion, are actually good movies, but were chosen to be included for a variety of different reasons.

Thanks and enjoy!


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In director Jan de Bont's remake of the original spine-tingling haunted house adventure, Dr. David Marrow (Liam Neeson) invites Nell Vance (Lili Taylor) and Theo (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Luke Sanderson (Owen Wilson) to the eerie and isolated Hill House to be subjects for a sleep disorder study. The unfortunate guests discover that Marrow is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself -- and, soon, they see the true nature of its horror.

Director: Jan de Bont
PG-13 
113 mins

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When young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) inexplicably starts seeing dead people, he lands in the care of child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who is determined to uncover the truth behind Cole's remarkable paranormal abilities. M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs this plot twist-filled chiller, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Olivia Williams and Toni Collette co-star.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan 
PG-13
106 mins

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Just as a devastating snowstorm hits a small island off the coast of Maine, a creepy stranger (Colm Feore) arrives in town with detailed knowledge of the residents' closest-kept secrets and an unspeakable demand of the townspeople. The local sheriff (Tim Daly) fights back, but even from a jail cell the man seems to wield lethal, supernatural powers. Stephen King penned this Emmy-winning TV miniseries also starring Debrah Farentino.

Director: Craig R. Baxley 
Writer: Stephen King 
PG-13
256 mins

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When Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband (Harrison Ford) tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire investigates, she discovers that the man she loves might know more than he's letting on. Director Robert Zemeckis delivers twists and scares galore in this chilling thriller.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
PG-13 
130 mins


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Writer-director Alejandro Amenábar manipulates viewers' psyches in this bone-chilling thriller about Grace, a religious woman (Nicole Kidman) who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in the face of strange events and disturbing visions.

PG-13
104 mins


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This remake of the classic 1976 horror flick finds misfit Carrie getting revenge on all the people who've bullied her over the years. As the teenager develops physically, her telekinetic abilities also blossom with a power she's never had before.

Director: David Carson
TV-14
132 mins
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Honogurai mizu no soko kara (original title)

Thrill-master Hideo Nakata takes another chilling novel by Koji Suzuki and adapts it for the screen. This time, Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki) is fighting for the custody of her daughter, but more menacing problems have begun to plague her in her dreary apartment. An inexplicable odd pattern appears on her ceiling, and when she has recurrent visions of a strange girl and of a red bag she used to own when she was a child, Yoshimi fears for her sanity.

Director: Hideo Nakata
PG-13
100 mins
(Japanese)

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When a toxic waste spill near a small Arizona community causes spiders to mutate into rampaging arachnids the size of automobiles, it's only a matter of time before the eight-legged freaks develop a taste for prey other than insects. David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer star as the duo that rallies the town's defenses in director Ellory Elkayem's affectionate send-up of the creature features of yesteryear.

Director: Ellory Elkayem
PG-13
99 mins


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Reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) is plunged into a world of impossible terror and unthinkable chaos when fate draws him to a sleepy West Virginia town whose residents are being visited by a great winged shape that sows hideous nightmares and fevered visions. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) crafts a subtle chiller that brings otherworldly terror down to earth.

Director: Mark Pellington
PG-13
119 mins



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It sounded like just another urban legend: a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's  death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) naturally is skeptical of the story. That is, until four teens die mysteriously one week after watching such a tape. Curious, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it -- and now has seven days to unravel the mystery of the "Ring."

Director: Gore Verbinski
PG-13
115 mins


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In Stephen King's chilling tale, psychology professor Dr. Joyce Reardon (Nancy Travis) commissions a team of psychics and a gifted 15-year-old (Kimberly J. Brown) to wake up a supposedly dormant haunted mansion known as Rose Red. Their efforts unleash myriad spirits and uncover horrifying secrets of the generations who have lived and died in the mansion.

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Writer: Stephen King
PG-13
254 mins
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Everything farmer and former priest Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) believes about the world changes when he finds an intricate pattern of circles carved into his fields, mysterious markings that cause a media frenzy and test Hess's faith. Ultimately, he uncovers the circles' origins, which will forever alter his and his family's lives. Joaquin Phoenix also stars in this sci-fi thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense).

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
PG-13
106 mins

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In this thriller presented by Wes Craven, Julia Lund (Laura Regan), a graduate student in psychology, has always harbored a nagging fear of the dark and is forced to confront her worst nightmare head on. When a scary real-life event triggers old memories, she begins to suspect that the things she feared were lurking in the dark when she was a child were -- and still are -- real. And what's worse, they might be coming back to get her.

Director: Robert Harmon
PG-13
90 mins


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When Kyle (Chaney Kley) was a kid, he claimed he woke up from sleep to find the Tooth Fairy about to kill him. From then on, everyone figured him for a loony -- except his childhood sweetheart, Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), and her brother, Michael (Lee Cormie). When Kyle returns to his hometown, it seems he wasn't so crazy, after all: An indefinable evil has settled in the town of Darkness Falls, and Kyle must save everyone from its wrath.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
PG-13
86 mins


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In this remake of the 1971 horror film by the same name, Crispin Glover plays a shy young man named Willard who is constantly pestered by his co-workers and has no friends save for his beloved pet rats. When one of the rats is killed at work, Willard exacts bloody revenge on all those who did him wrong -- with the help of his furry friend Ben, an unusually intelligent (and lethal) rat who leads his cohorts to commit horrific murders.

Director: Glen Morgan
PG-13
100 mins
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The creepiest creatures from two epic thrillers face off in the ultimate showdown in this film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The fun begins when scientists and explorers (played by a cast that includes Sanaa Lathan and Raoul Bova) discover an ancient pyramid in Antarctica. But the structure isn't the only behemoth in the ice. A battle between two otherworldly populations is threatening to destroy the region and its inhabitants for good.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
PG-13
101 mins


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Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who battles forces of evil in this English-language version of a famous Japanese horror film, Ju-On, about a wretched curse that descends on a person about to die in a fit of rage. Once the curse hits and the victim dies, a more powerful curse is spawned, one much deadlier and more difficult to overcome. Directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also helmed the original, the film co-stars Jason Behr and Clea Duvall.

Director: Takashi Shimizu 
PG-13
91 mins


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In this horror film based on Stephen King's novel, best-selling author Ben Mears (Rob Lowe) returns to his Maine hometown and finds it overrun by vampires. The prime suspect, at first, seems to be a creepy antiques dealer named Straker (Donald Sutherland). But further investigation reveals that he's just the assistant to the "Big Bad" -- a bloodsucker named Kurt Barlow (Rutger Hauer), who plans to drain the blood and souls of the entire town.

Director: Mikael Salomon
Writer: Stephen King
TV-14
181 mins
(TV Mini-Series)
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Mort Rainey (Johnny Depp), a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife (Maria Bello), is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe (John Turturro) who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his innocence, he begins to question his own sanity. Charles S. Dutton and Timothy Hutton co-star in this suspenseful drama based on a Stephen King novella.

Director: David Koepp
Writer: Stephen King
PG-13
96 mins
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When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever in this atmospheric thriller featuring a star-studded cast.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
PG-13
108 mins


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Beware the Boogeyman, who isn't the product of a fertile childhood imagination after all. In darkened bedrooms in this small town, a specter awaits the arrival of night. As a young boy, Tim (Barry Watson) became haunted by images he thought were spun by his overactive mind. But when he returns to his hometown, he discovers that his dark and foreboding memories were all true, provoked by a menacing spirit that still exists today.

Director: Stephen Kay
PG-13
89 mins
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Intent on fixing her marriage, Adelle (Maria Bello) heads to Wales with daughter Sarah (Sophie Stuckey) to reconnect with her husband, James (Sean Bean). Just days after the family moves into a farmhouse, Sarah is swept out to sea. As James searches for Sarah's body, Adelle begins to feel that her daughter is still alive. When a strange girl who supposedly died 60 years ago shows up, Adelle sets out to uncover the mystery and find Sarah.

Director: John Fawcett
R-Rated
93 mins

(R-Rated Movie more on the clean side)
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With her young daughter in tow, Dahlia (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life away from her estranged husband. But as a custody battle brews, her already fragile emotional state starts deteriorating when she begins to hear eerie sounds in her dilapidated apartment. Are the weird noises, inexplicable leaks and haunting visions all in Dahlia's head -- or is the building harboring dark secrets from the past?

Director: Jeff Wadlow
PG-13
104 mins
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Selma Blair, Tom Welling and Maggie Grace star in this creepy thriller about an island town off the coast of Oregon that's forced to contend with some unwelcome visitors from its past: the spirits of lepers and sailors aboard a ship that the hamlet's forefathers had steered astray on purpose. Those aboard the doomed vessel all wound up lost in the fog forever. Now, they're back from the mist, eager to exact revenge on the descendants of their murderers.

Director: Rupert Wainwright
PG-13
100 mins

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In this psychological thriller, widowed father David Callaway (Robert De Niro) desperately tries to prevent his disturbed 9-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) from slipping into insanity as she struggles to cope with her mother's death. But David ultimately makes a horrifying discovery: His little girl is spending time with a creepy imaginary friend who has vengeance on his mind. Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue, Dylan Baker and Amy Irving co-star.

Director: John Polson
R-Rated
100 mins

(R-Rated Movie more on the clean side)
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Six months after Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son, Aidan (David Dorfman), survived their horrifying run-in with the supernatural in Seattle, the two have relocated to Astoria, Oregon, to start anew. But it seems terror has followed them to the seaside town. When cops discover a mysterious videotape at the scene of a crime, it's proof positive that evil Samara Morgan (Kelly Stables) has returned for revenge.

Director: Hideo Nakata
PG-13
110 mins
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Sent to New Orleans to care for an aging stroke victim (John Hurt) who lies bedridden and speechless in a rambling antebellum mansion, 25-year-old hospice worker Caroline (Kate Hudson) discovers a key that unlocks ancient secrets. Alone in the house with no company aside from the man's unfriendly wife (Gena Rowlands), Caroline eventually comes across a hidden room. But what she finds inside is a Pandora's box of voodoo, danger and lies.

Director: Lain Softley
PG-13
103 mins
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In this loose adaptation of H.G. Wells's novel about alien invasion, Tom Cruise stars as Ray, a divorced dockworker whose children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) are staying with him for the weekend when a fleet of spaceships carrying tripod creatures appears in his neighborhood. Forced to become the protective father he's never been, Ray scrambles to usher his kids to safety, as the invasion escalates around them. Steven Spielberg directs.

Director: Steven Spielberg
PG-13
116 mins
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Architect John Rivers (Michael Keaton) is shattered by the death of his beloved wife, Anna (Chandra West). When a man (Ian McNeice) contacts him with claims of receiving messages from Anna through Electronic Voice Phenomena, John ultimately is convinced of the communication's validity. Soon John becomes fixated on trying to contact his wife himself -- but his investigation into EVP inadvertently unlocks a door to another world.

Director: Geoffrey Sax
PG-13
98 mins
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The deadly curse continues to gain strength in this sequel to the international smash hit. After learning her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) has been hospitalized, Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) flies to Tokyo, where she teams with a journalist (Edison Chen) to investigate the sinister mystery. Meanwhile, the supernatural curse spreads around the globe, afflicting a Chicago housewife (Jennifer Beals), among others.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
PG-13
102 mins

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After being plagued by horrific nightmares about the murder of a young woman she's never met, successful sales rep Joanna Mills (Sarah Michelle Gellar) sets out on a determined quest to track the unknown source of her fears. Meanwhile, she remains estranged from her emotionally distant father (Sam Shepard) and is being relentlessly stalked by her unstable ex-boyfriend (Adam Scott). Asif Kapadia helms this big-screen horror thriller.

Director: Asif Kapadia
PG-13
86 mins


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Simon West directs this 21st-century remake of the chilling 1979 original, following the harrowing experiences of a teenage babysitter (Camilla Belle) who begins receiving phone calls from an increasingly menacing prankster. After tucking in her charges, she locks the door and sets the security alarm -- only to discover that the persistent calls that insist she "check the children" seem to be coming from inside the house.

Director: Simon West
PG-13
87 mins

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Sheriff Edward Maulis (Nicolas Cage) gets more than he bargained for when he probes a young girl's disappearance in Neil LaBute's remake of the 1973 psychological thriller. The investigation leads the sheriff to an island off the Pacific Northwest, where he encounters a populace of modern pagans. As he follows a string of disturbing clues, the trail leads him to a shocking conclusion. Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker and Leelee Sobieski co-star.

Director: Neil LaBute
PG-13
102 mins
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In this thriller based on a story by Stephen King, writer and paranormal debunker Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is determined to demystify the ghostly events in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel, even though a hotel clerk (Samuel L. Jackson) begs him to rethink his plans. Enslin needs to write another book soon, and confronting the strange goings-on in room 1408 may be his ticket to the top of the best-seller list. But will he survive even one night?

Director: Mikael Håfström
PG-13
104 mins


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In this modern retelling of Hitchcock's thriller Rear Window, Kale (Shia LaBeouf), a troubled teen sentenced to house arrest, begins watching his neighbors out of boredom -- only to discover evidence that a serial killer lives a stone's throw from his home. As his suspicions of his neighbor (David Morse) grow, Kale enlists the aid of friends Ashley (Sarah Roemer) and Ronnie (Aaron Yoo) in his increasingly dangerous snooping.

Director: D.J. Caruso
PG-13
104 mins

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A terrible virus has spread across the planet and turned the human race into bloodthirsty monsters. Now, mankind's only hope for survival is scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith), the one person left unaffected by the epidemic. When he's not fighting for his life against the hordes of the infected, Neville searches for a cure to reverse the virus's effects -- all the while battling his own doubt and despair.

Director: Francis Lawrence
PG-13
100 mins
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After high schooler Nick (Justin Chatwin) is brutally attacked and left for dead, he regains consciousness and then discovers that he's invisible to everyone -- except for a troubled young girl (Margarita Levieva) running from the authorities. An unsettling glimpse at one man's nightmarish limbo, this supernatural thriller from the producers of The Sixth Sense explores the elusive place between the world of the living and the land of the dead.

Director: David S. Goyer
PG-13
102 mins

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Roy and Denise (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) buy a run-down sunflower farm with their daughter, Jess (Kristen Stewart), with plans to renovate it and live a simple country life. But as the dilapidated farm begins to revive, Denise and Jess start noticing alarming changes in Roy's behavior. John Corbett co-stars in this chilling horror flick that builds tension on a growing sense of fear and suspicion.

PG-13
90 mins

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El orfanato (original title)

Fueled by fond memories from her childhood, Laura (Belén Rueda) persuades her husband (Fernando Cayo) to help her revamp a seaside orphanage into a facility for disabled children. But soon after the couple moves in, their son, Simón (Roger Príncep), begins exhibiting disturbing behavior. As Laura tries to understand Simón's increasingly malevolent actions, she becomes drawn into the house's terrifying secrets in this unnerving chiller.

R-Rated
110 mins

(R-Rated Movie more on the clean side)
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A going-away party in Manhattan is interrupted when a mysterious monster of epic proportions launches an attack on New York City. With camcorder in hand, a small group of friends make their way out into the chaotic streets, scrambling to stay alive. Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman and T.J. Miller star in this frenetic sci-fi thriller directed by Matt Reeves.

Director: Matt Reeves
PG-13
84 mins

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With help from her doctor (Alessandro Nivola) and her sister (Parker Posey), blind violinist Sydney (Jessica Alba) learns to see again after undergoing a corneal transplant. But the surgery leaves behind some creepy side effects, including the ability to see supernatural beings. Trouble is, no one believes her, drawing her sanity deeply into question. This thriller is a remake of the Hong Kong spine-tingler of the same name.

PG-13
97 mins
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Troubled by her mother's recent psychotic breakdown, Molly hopes to start fresh at a new school by befriending a fellow senior and trying her hand at being a regular kid. But the horrifying truth about her mother is destined to catch up with her.

Director: Mickey Liddell
PG-13
82 mins
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When four of her friends meet an untimely demise after receiving chilling cell-phone messages from the future detailing their deaths, college co-ed Beth (Shannyn Sossamon) contacts the police -- who promptly dismiss her story as hysteria. But one cop -- Detective Jack Andrews (Edward Burns) -- who lost his sister after a similar phone call vows to help Beth ferret out the killer … before her number is up for good.

Director: Eric Valette
PG-13
87 mins
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Donna (Brittany Snow) has been looking forward to her senior prom for as long as she can remember, anticipating a night of magic surrounded by her best friends. But what she doesn't bargain for is a visitor from her dark past and a party that will end in murder. Can Donna and her friends fight to escape the clutches of a deranged killer before the night of their dreams turns into their worst nightmare?

Director: Nelson McCormick
PG-13
88 mins
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This American remake of a Thai horror blockbuster follows a young newlywed couple who becomes haunted by strange, shadowlike images in the photographs they develop after their involvement in a car accident. As more terrifying supernatural occurrences befall them, they begin to wonder whether the photographic ghosts are connected to the accident -- and to question whether they can survive learning the truth.

Director: Masayuki Ochiai
PG-13
89 mins
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As a lethal virus spreads across the globe, brothers Brian (Chris Pine) and Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), along with Bobby (Piper Perabo) and Kate (Emily VanCamp), seek a supposed plague-free haven. But while circumventing those infected, the travelers begin to turn against one another. Real-life brothers Alex Pastor and David Pastor write and direct this apocalyptic chiller, which co-stars Christopher Meloni.

PG-13
84 mins

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To save 10-year-old Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) from her abusive parents, idealistic social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) welcomes the girl into her own home -- only to discover that Lillith isn't quite the innocent victim that she claims to be. As Lillith's mysterious past comes to light, Emily finds herself in a world of danger. Christian Alvart's terrifying thriller also stars Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper.

Director: Christian Alvart
R-Rated
109 mins

(R-Rated Movie more on the clean side)

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After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend (Justin Long) is skeptical. Her only hope seems to lie in a psychic (Dileep Rao) who claims he can help her lift the curse and keep her soul from being dragged straight to hell.

Director: Sam Raimi
PG-13
99 mins
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When Alaskan psychiatrist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) begins videotaping her therapy sessions with clients, she uncovers petrifying evidence that they have experienced the fourth level of alien encounter: abduction. But as she finds more clues, she suspects that the government will do anything to conceal the truth. Olatunde Osunsanmi directs and Will Patton co-stars in this jarring thriller allegedly based on a true tale.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
PG-13
98 mins

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In this supernatural thriller, the Campbell family's move to Connecticut takes a mysteriously dark turn when a series of shocking paranormal events reveals that their inviting new home is a former mortuary with a sordid past. Based on a true story, this terrifying tale stars Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan as the well-meaning Campbell parents, Kyle Gallner as their cancer-stricken son and Elias Koteas as the enigmatic Rev. Nicholas Popescu.

Director: Peter Cornwell
PG-13
102 mins
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In the basement of their new home, young brothers Dane (Chris Massoglia) and Lucas (Nathan Gamble) discover a mysterious trap door. With their neighbor, Julie (Haley Bennett), the boys pry open the ominous barrier and find a bottomless hole, which leads them to excruciating pain and misery. Directed by veteran fright master Joe Dante, this startling 3-D horror movie also stars Teri Polo as the siblings' mother.

Director: Joe Dante
PG-13
92 mins


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When 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered, she watches from above as her family deals with her tragic death -- and as her killer prepares to strike again. Torn between vengeance and healing, Susie's loved ones are forever changed. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's riveting, best-selling novel; Susan Sarandon and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci co-star.

Director: Peter Jackson
PG-13
135 mins


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Luis Berdejo directs this supernatural thriller centered on John James (Kevin Costner), who moves to the country to get a new start -- only to be confronted by a new nightmare when his daughter, Louisa (Ivana Baquero), begins acting stranger by the minute. With unsettling events besetting the South Carolina home, John begins to believe that something on the edge of the forest nearby might have the answers he needs.

Director: Luis Berdejo
PG-13
107 mins

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Successful executive Derek Charles seems to have it all, including the perfect job and perfect wife. Everything falls apart, however, when a foxy but manipulative new office temp sets out to seduce and destroy him in this edgy thriller.

Director: Steve Shill
PG-13
108 mins
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Happily married Jessica (Sarah Michelle Gellar) deals with the fallout of a terrible tragedy when her husband (Michael Landes) and his brother (Lee Pace) both wind up in comas after a car accident. Even worse, when the brother awakens, he's convinced he's Jessica's husband. He seems to know details of Jessica's life that only his brother would be familiar with, prompting Jessica to suspect that a supernatural force is at work.
PG-13
85 mins
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56. The Stepfather (2009)

Mom's (Sela Ward) new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh), isn't quite right and Michael knows it. A series of mysterious events leads the teen to suspect that David might in fact be a dangerous serial killer known for preying on families. Now, all he needs to do is gather evidence before it's too late. Nelson McCormick directs this spine-tingling remake of the 1987 thriller based on the real-life story of killer John Emil List.

Director: Nelson McCormick
PG-13
101 mins


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Tortured by frightening dreams at night and the ghost of a young boy during the day, young Casey (Odette Yustman) turns to a spiritual adviser (Gary Oldman) for help. Together, the two uncover and try to stop a powerful family curse dating back to the Nazi era. David S. Goyer writes and directs this supernatural thriller that also stars Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good and Jane Alexander.

Director: David S. Goyer 
PG-13 
88 mins

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Committed to a mental hospital after her mother's tragic death, grieving teenager Anna (Emily Browning) discovers upon her release that her father (David Strathairn) plans to marry his deceased wife's former nurse (Elizabeth Banks), a woman who might not have the best intentions. But foreboding warnings from her mother's ghost only cement Anna's suspicions in this remake of the 2003 Korean chiller Janghwa, Hongryeon.

Director 1: Charles Guard 
Director 2: Thomas Guard
PG-13
87 mins


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After her lousy stepfather (Garret Dillahunt) steals her savings to buy a vicious tiger, Kelly (Briana Evigan) loses all hope of going to college. But Kelly's situation worsens when a hurricane leaves her and her autistic brother boarded up in their house with the man-eating beast. This edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the gutsy heroine and her younger sibling as they struggle to outwit the ravenous predator and find a way to survive.

Director: Carlos Brookd
PG-13
90 mins

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In this edgy thriller, Det. Bowden (Chris Messina) must not only save five people trapped in an elevator -- a mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green), a young woman (Bojana Novakovic), an old woman (Jenny O'Hara), a guard (Bokeem Woodbine) and a salesman (Geoffrey Arend) -- but he must act fast because the devil is among them. Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle direct M. Night Shyamalan's story, which explores the notion that there are no coincidences.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
PG-13
81 mins
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Ready to expose his miraculous deeds as mere trickery, Rev. Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a documentary crew to film his final exorcism. But when the devil actually possesses a girl's body, Marcus must regain his faith and engage in the fight of his life. Produced by Eli Roth and directed by Daniel Stamm, this frighteningly realistic horror movie also stars Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr and Louis Herthum.

Director: Daniel Stamm
PG-13
87 mins

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After a wild night of partying with friends, Terry (Donald Faison) awakens to discover that he's one of the few remaining people on Earth. Banding together with a small group of survivors (Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, David Zayas, Brittany Daniel and Crystal Reed), Terry sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to the human race. Greg and Colin Strause (whose work includes the visual effects for Avatar and 300) direct.

PG-13
94 mins
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2011 American Release

Three students enter the Norwegian woods to film a documentary on a bear poacher named Hans. When they find him, he claims that bear hunting is just a ruse, and that he actually tracks trolls for the Norwegian government! This footage captures the trio as they follow Hans deep into the forest. If the hunter's story is true, they'll have the makings of the best student film in history. Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck and Tomas Alf Larsen star.

Director: André Øvredal
PG-13
103 mins
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If you buy in to official statements, Apollo 17 was NASA's last manned mission to the moon. But what if found footage of a secret Apollo mission that had taken place the following year could prove otherwise -- and explain why we haven't gone back?

PG-13
86 mins
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Reeling from the sudden death of his wife, author Mike Noonan moves into his backwoods writing retreat, only to be swept up in a supernatural conspiracy that involves a custody battle over a young girl and a vengeful ghost that haunts his house.

Director: Mick Garris
Writer: Stephen King
PG-13
163 mins
(TV Mini-Series)
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After arrogant teenager Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) humiliates a Goth classmate (Mary-Kate Olsen), she puts a curse on him that transforms him from a hunk into a hideous creature. To break the hex, Kyle must find someone who loves him for what he's become. Living with a housekeeper after his heartless father (Peter Krause) throws him out, he connects with an addict's daughter (Vanessa Hudgens) in this contemporary take on Beauty and the Beast.

Director: Daniel Barnz
PG-13
86 mins
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Soon after moving in with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes), young Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison) discovers she isn't alone in the house: strange creatures live there -- and they might not be as friendly as Sally thinks they are. Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) co-writes and Troy Nixey directs this horror remake of the 1973 made-for-television movie of the same name.

Director: Troy Nixey
R-Rated
99 mins

(R-Rated Movie more on the clean side)
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Daniel Craig plays Will Atenton, a successful businessman who forsakes New York City for the rural pleasures of New England, only to discover that the tranquil abode he's moved into was the scene of an as-yet-unsolved multiple homicide. Drawn reluctantly into the mystery surrounding the tragic events, Will and his wife (Rachel Weisz) soon begin finding plenty of reasons to worry about their own safety in this psychological thriller.

Director: Jim Sheridan
PG-13
92 mins
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In this horror flick, the stars of a paranormal-investigation TV show   spend the night in a derelict psychiatric hospital, hoping to uncover   what's been going bump in the night. As their cameras roll, they find themselves trapped -- and hunted.

PG-13
92 mins
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After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning. James Wan (Saw) directs.

Director: James Wan
PG-13
103 mins
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In this horror-fantasy re-imagining of the classic tale, young Valerie  juggles a difficult romantic decision with feelings of fear and grief as her town is terrorized by a legendary werewolf, which has killed her sister and hungers to feast again.

PG-13
100 mins


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Despite his conviction that demonic possession is just so much supersitious mumbo jumbo, Catholic priest-in-training Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) journeys to Rome to attend a special exorcism school being taught at the Vatican. Before long, true-believer Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) introduces the young cleric to the devil's power firsthand. Director Mikael Håfström helms this graphic supernatural thriller inspired by a true story.

Director: Mikael Håfström
PG-13
112 mins

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While acclimating to campus life, college freshman Sara (Minka Kelly) begins to realize that her new roommate, Rebecca (Leighton Meester), is becoming obsessed with her. When the unhinged Rebecca starts targeting Sara's friends and loved ones, can she save them -- and herself? This tense psychological thriller also stars Cam Gigandet, Danneel Harris, Alyson Michalka and Frances Fisher.

PG-13
91 mins
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Terror makes a splash in this literally titled big-screen creature feature when a group of unsuspecting friends unpack for a weekend at the lake, only to discover that they're not the only ones lurking in the water.

Director: David R. Ellis
PG-13
91 mins


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With a nod toward producer Steven Spielberg's landmark sci-fi films of the 1970s and '80s, writer-director J.J. Abrams crafts a supernatural tale about six kids who witness something incredible while shooting a movie with their Super 8 camera.

Director: J.J. Abrams
PG-13
112 mins


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When a series of disturbing events begin disrupting their home life, Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) realize that they aren't alone. Aided by a paranormal expert (Tom Felton), the desperate young couple attempts to exorcise their supernatural tormentor and save themselves. Written and directed by Todd Lincoln, this spine-tingling horror film co-stars Julianna Guill, Rick Gomez and Luke Pasqualino.

Director: Todd Lincoln 
PG-13
82 mins

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Tim Burton's take on the cult gothic soap follows a centuries-old vampire as he returns to his now-crumbling estate to meet his modern descendants. But what he finds is a house full of secrets and shadows.

Director: Tim Burton
PG-13
113 mins


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Returning from her night job, Jill expects to find her sister home in bed. When she doesn't, she knows just where to look -- her own past abductor. But the police show little interest, so Jill sets off on her own to find her sibling in this chiller.

Director: Heitor Dhalia 
PG-13
94 mins



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A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.

Director: Mark Tonderai 
PG-13
101 mins

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In this supernatural horror flick, a young girl unwittingly unleashes an evil spirit that resides in a curious old box filled will mysterious relics. Now the girl and her estranged parents must break the hold the demonic force has on their family.

Director: Ole Bornedal 
PG-13
92 mins



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Dispatched by his boss to an isolated seaside village to tie up a recently deceased client's affairs, a young London lawyer finds himself in a community grappling with dark secrets -- and a haunting presence with a sinister agenda.

Director: James Watkins
PG-13
95 mins




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Our Top Ten Contemporary PG-13 Horror/Psychological Thriller Films (Arranged by Year)
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1 comment:

Alicia M said...

Excellent list. Thanks!

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