Blumhouse’s ‘Black Christmas’ Was Written For R Rating, Then Test Screenings Forced PG-13

After releasing box office hits like “Happy Death Day 2U” and “Ma,” Blumhouse will return one last time in 2019 for the holiday horror movie “Black Christmas.” The latest remake of the 1974 horror classic is directed by indie film favorite Sophia Takal (“Always Shine”) and co-written by film critic April Wolfe. The MPAA has given the new “Black Christmas” a PG-13 rating, making it the first version of the horror property not to be R rated. Some horror fans are scoffing at a PG-13 “Black Christmas,” but Wolfe took to social media to defend the more restricted rating.

“Here’s the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind,” Wolfe wrote. “When they did the test screenings, [it] was clear that this movie needed to be available to a younger female audience because the subject matter is timely. Also I want to indoctrinate girls into horror. Doesn’t make it any less vicious!
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