10 So-Called PG Movies That Are The Reason You Need Therapy

Before the introduction of the PG-13 rating into the film industry in the late 1990s, the gap between what got a movie a PG rating versus an R rating was pretty massive. Of course, this meant that some movies didn’t quite meet the requirements of an R rating, but were also probably way too intense for us to be watching as kids; especially in the case of these 10 movies.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Between a kid getting blown up into a giant blue balloon and the freaking tunnel scene, it’s a miracle we haven’t sworn off candy forever.

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Gremlins

The ultimate mix of horror and Christmas is actually pretty freaking gory by today’s standards, and we were allowed to watch it as kids!

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Nazis get their faces melted off in very, VERY graphic detail. It’s awesome, but still, how’d they get away from that?

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Oh you thought Raiders was intense? How about a dude getting his freaking still-beating heart ripped out of his chest in an evil ritual?!

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The movies just get more messed up from here…

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Beetlejuice

The snake scene. That’s all I’m gonna say.

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Twilight Zone: The Movie

A few segments of this (especially the one with the gremlin) are straight up gross and we kinda love it.

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Return to Oz

Okay, who turned a sequel to a beloved family classic into some straight-up nightmare fuel? And why was I allowed to watch this as a kid?!

Jaws

Super tame by today’s standards, but for the time it came out, it was pretty terrifying and gory.

Watership Down

I know at least a few people had their parents rent them this thinking “Oh it’s a cartoon, my kids will love it” only for us to be absolutely terrified the entire time.

Poltergeist

This is by far the most intense example of a PG movie that really shouldn’t have been shown to us as kids, ’cause holy crap this movie is still scary even by today’s standards.

Emma C
Freelance Writer