As if horror fans weren’t already really excited to see James Wan’s latest outing with The Conjuring, today the MPAA announced that they have given the horror film an R-rating simply for being “too scary“. Originally James Wan wanted to make the film PG-13 with the goal in mind to prove that filmmakers can still create a terrifying film with a PG-13 rating. Well it turns out that he didn’t meet his goal because the MPAA decided that his haunted house film which is based on a true story is just too intense for filmgoers.
Here’s what executive producer Walter Hamada had to say on the decision, “When we sent it into the board they gave us the R-rating. When we asked them why they basically said, ‘It’s just so scary. [There are] no specific scenes or tone you could take out to get it PG-13.”
Wan also weighed in saying that the studio being the film was just fine with the rating — not asking to take out any scenes in order to drop the film down to a PG-13. He also said, “It’s a testament to the studio too for not [expletive] with the film. It works and they are sticking to it and I’m very thankful for that.”
This is some of the coolest news we’ve gotten out of a horror film in quite a while, but in all honestly, I’m not surprised. I remember a while back when they announced that the film was getting pushed from a fall release all the way too the summer because of how amazing of a reaction it got from the test screeners. Even just recently during a screening people left the theater in shock because of how scary the film is. Buckle up kids, this one is going to be a doozy!
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how world-renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.