This is confusing for two reason: one, the reason for the rating is apparently due to "disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material;" and two, have you seen the trailer? The incredibly vague "thematic material" aside, the trailer is genuinely creepy, giving off a vibe reminiscent of the few good parts of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the inherent spookiness of Paranormal Activity. But will the PG-13 be a problem?
A few notes on this. Typically, one would expect most horror films to be rated R for one of three reasons: excessive blood/gore, pervasive nudity, and several instances of the f-word (see Planes, Trains & Automobiles for a good example of this). When it comes to horror, especially a film such as The Last Exorcism, an R-rating might not even be necessary. The film looks pretty creepy in its own right, and an "R" rating would be, if anything, symbolic of its stature as a horror film. Fear is subjective, and the elements contained within the film need not benefit from a silly rating to frighten the viewer. I'm incredibly eager to see this film, and provided it's not populated solely with jump scares, I think we're in for a real treat.
Mad props to Dread Central for the info. Check out the synopsis and trailer after the jump.
The plot is as follows: "When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers with their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon arriving at the already blood-drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus' own beliefs are shaken to the core when he and his crew must find a way to save Nell - and themselves - before it is too late."