In the early 1980s, various western countries overhauled their film ratings systems and established a rating for people in their teenage years.
Along with a universal G rating, a PG rating and a rating for adults (17 or 18 and over), a new classification was introduced in between the latter two for films too dark to be a PG but not so graphic as to warrant a non-X adult rating.
In the UK & Australia it was the 15 & M15+ rating respectively. In the U.S. it was PG-13. Born in July 1984 in the wake of the release of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “Gremlins,” John Milius’ “Red Dawn” became the first film released under the PG-13 rating which remains the most common rating for major big-budget releases.
In the few years leading up to its establishment though, some films rated PG or even G included some graphic and disturbing material that certainly would be slapped with a PG-13 these days. Today the folks at ScreenCrush have put together a video essay looking at some of those moments and the psychic scars they left on an entire generation – from the melting faces of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to the rabbit murder in “Watership Down” and the chicken decapitation in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. It’s all here.