James Wan proved he is one of the best horror filmmakers in the world: a good horror film is horrifying enough by horror itself, without any nudity, bloody violence or profanity. This movie got an R rating due to its pure horror, and MPAA refused to give to a PG-13 rating because "it is too scary"! Yes, almost everyone who watched the movie said so.
James Wan ingeniously controlled the pace of the whole movie: the first half seems slow, and the audience know "there is something"; but the second half is much more scary and much faster, the scary parts appear one by one continuously and you are almost unable to breath.
Fear of the unknown is the greatest thing a horror filmmaker has on its audience and Wan is surely good at it. No one truly viewed what the evil was until the very late in the movie, but imagination already scared the audience to death.
For horror movie fans, this is surely a must-see blockbuster!
Reaction of the audience:
1, The film was given an R rating by the MPAA. The filmmakers had thought the final cut had a chance of getting the more-box office friendly PG-13 rating, and asked the ratings board for clarification. The MPAA said simply that the film was so scary that there were no cuts or edits possible that would make it a viable PG-13 film; the filmmakers did not want to alter the film's tone and accepted the R-rating without any appeals.
2, The film contains no sex or nudity, little profanity, tame and mostly bloodless violence, and brief depictions of alcohol and no smoking, yet it received an R rating. This was solely for its scare factor alone.
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston