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Recently my daughter (9) has asked to watch scarier/more grown up films because we've seen loads of the PG kid friendly horror.

 

I need some suggestions please because I feel like I've exhausted suitable ones that are 12/12A. We've even watched a few 15s I knew she'd be OK with and weren't too bad re gore/scares.

 

So if people could help me with some ideas that would be great. She's perfectly happy with 80s and 90s films too (not tried anything further back though) and really enjoyed some of the 80s classics.

 

These are the 12s/15s I've let her see that has some form of horror/peril

 

The Mummy (1999)

Monster Squad

Ghostbusters

Beetlejuice

Gremlins 1 & 2

The Lost Boys

The Goonies

Pirates of the Caribbean

 

There must be more I can show her surely? But every Google search brings up the same lists or suggestions that are just silly like Poltergeist. Also anything that doesn't have sex in it please, she's fine with horror and blood but I'd like to keep some innocence in tacked 😆

 

Any recommendations?

 

 

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On 23/11/2022 at 20:46, Scribblor said:

My ten year old watched Poltergeist a few weeks ago. His verdict: "What about this film was supposed to be scary?"

 

On 23/11/2022 at 20:49, Paulando said:

Yeah, not sure what’s silly about Poltergeist, seems perfect really - no blood or sex.

 

Oh just silly that I thought it would be too grown up for a 9 year old. I thought the face peeling scene might be a bit too much is all.

 

But if you think it's fine maybe I'll give it a go. I'll have a rewatch of the scene and see.

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Nine is a tricky age as the more grown up stuff is likely to scare her shitless. My daughter was 12/13 before she started watching stuff like IT, The Conjuring etc. Having said that she started watching Stranger Things when she was 10/11 so that might be a good place to start? Can be quite intense but with lots of humour to offset the scary stuff.

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16 minutes ago, Fierce Poodle said:

Nine is a tricky age as the more grown up stuff is likely to scare her shitless. My daughter was 12/13 before she started watching stuff like IT, The Conjuring etc. Having said that she started watching Stranger Things when she was 10/11 so that might be a good place to start? Can be quite intense but with lots of humour to offset the scary stuff.

 

She keeps asking to watch Stranger Things but I thought I might give that a little longer and watch in the lead up to the final season cause she'll be between 10 and 11 then.

 

Anything 18 rather I think I'm gonna wait till she's at least 13.

 

It's tricky because I know what I watched at her age and was fine with but will she be the same? I dunno.

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3 minutes ago, Stigweard said:

 

She keeps asking to watch Stranger Things but I thought I might give that a little longer and watch in the lead up to the final season cause she'll be between 10 and 11 then.

 

Anything 18 rather I think I'm gonna wait till she's at least 13.

 

It's tricky because I know what I watched at her age and was fine with but will she be the same? I dunno.

Obviously you know your daughter best! It’s a very fine line I’ve found - for example my daughter enjoyed the first two Conjuring films but Annabelle Creation really freaked her out.

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My daughter, now 19, watched all the Saw movies on her phone using a dodgy streaming site when she was 11. Then told us she had watched them and that they weren't scary.

 

She's more scared at movies these days than she was when she was eleven.

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Is The Blair Witch Project (15) too naff now? It's been ages since I saw it but I don't remember it being particularly explicit (there may have been a few swears though) and it's more about unnerving fear than jump-scares. She might find it boring... :D 

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Here’s a couple of decent ones:

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (although think that’s a 15, not a 12A)

The Woman in Black (yep, the Daniel Radcliffe one)


These are 15s, might be worth a trailer watch to see if they are of interest.

 

Lights Out

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

 

And then ignore all those and just watch Tremors. Not scary but it’s obviously the greatest B-movie ever made.

 

 

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