Over the weekend THE CONJURING director James Wan took part in a panel where he revealed to the audience that his latest spookfest was recently slapped with a rating by the MPAA and the news is good for genre fans as THE CONJURING scared up an R-rating for being "too scary" for PG-13 audiences.
Wan shared that he initially set out to make a PG-13 film, stating that his goal with the upcoming horror movie was to prove that filmmakers can deliver a terrifying cinematic experience with a PG-13 rating. Unfortunately for the director, but very fortunate for fans of R-rated horror, the MPAA has decided his flick is just a little too intense for some moviegoers.
Executive Producer Walter Hamada elaborated on the MPAA's decision, sharing...
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 shared that the studio behind THE CONJURING is just fine with the rating, not asking for any cuts to make the film more accessible to a PG-13 audience, stating...
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."
Check out the fantastic teaser trailer below for a taste of what Wan and company have in store for us with THE CONJURING.
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.
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, THE CONJURING opens on JULY 19th.