View Full Version : First 18/R- rated film.

05-28-2012, 02:14 PM
I thought of making a thread where each person can discuss their first 18/R rated film. Also, how old were you when you first watched it and how you succeeded in being allowed to watch it.

I'm only curious to know about everyone's experiences watching their first 18/R rated film. So I felt this would be a great thread to make.

18 (UK rating)= Films suitable only for viewers aged 18 and over. R (Restricted) (U.S. rating)= Restricted to under 17's, unless accompanied by an adult.

My first 18 rated film was Face/Off when I was 12 years old. I managed to get it as there was a small competition on the newspaper, where you had to collect a token each week I think for a Face/Off DVD. After collecting all the tokens, my mum asked around her if the film was fine for a 12 year old and the majority said it wasn't that bad. So as she approved of it, the tokens were sent off by post once they were all collected and I received the DVD a few weeks later by post.

I thought it was a great experience to see the difference between a 15 rated film and an 18 rated film, in terms of violence. I already watched 15 rated films like The Matrix, which I first saw when I was 9 and Terminator 2 when I was 11. However, Face/Off was just a fun Action film and pretty bad ass in my opinion. I found the violence pretty tame and with a lot of the 18 rated films I've seen over the years now, Face/Off seems like a joke in comparison.

My parents were still pretty strict on me watching 18 rated films at 12 years old. So Face/Off was probably one of the only 18 rated films I could watch at the time. Although, I was allowed to watch a few more 18 rated films bit by bit, e.g. I saw Scream when I was 13, Jackass The Movie at 14 years old, Clerks when I was 15.

Share your stories below.

05-28-2012, 02:57 PM
I think it was Nightmare on Elm Street 2. I'd probably have been 10 or 11, and watched it with my brother who's a couple of years younger. My parents basically just took a pretty liberal approach to what we rented from the video shop. We'd seen plenty of slightly lower rated horror type stuff before that (like Gremlins, and a seemingly infinite number of Critters sequels), so I guess it didn't seem like too much of a leap!

Sticky Killer Jones
05-28-2012, 09:33 PM
It might have been Menace II Society when I was about 8 or 9. My sister and her boyfriend were watching it, and they made no protest about me sitting in the living room. I remember being a little puzzled by the sex scenes. The violent scenes in the movie had a more potent effect on me than the sex did, as they were very gory and emotionally intense. My sister's boyfriend, a quiet black guy who never took off his work boots, when somebody was shot in the movie, he'd tap my shoulder and say, "That's what guns actually do. Stay away from people with guns, don't trust them."

It remains one of my favorite movies, for nostalgia and for being really intense. I had gone on to love many movies made by the Hughes Brothers (From Hell, Dead Presidents, American Pimp), but Menace II Society always stuck with me.

05-28-2012, 09:58 PM
Timecop in theaters and Wait maybe Terminator 2 or some Freddy Movie on TV?

Not sure..

Scentless Apprentice
05-28-2012, 10:48 PM
Pet Cemetery. I was 7 years old and watched it at the movie theatre with my father. I was scared shitless.

05-29-2012, 01:23 AM
A Nightmare On Elm Street would probably be my first 18 movie too. I was really young at the time probably not even 10 years old at the time, a friend that lived across the road from us they had all sorts of films and we watched the Nightmare On Elm Street films and the Childs Play films quite a bit.
I don't know if my parents ever knew we watched them, although we used to play Freddy Krueger with these fake Halloween witch fingers. lol, it was a laugh and my favourite parts out of the films, not sure which one it appears in is where Freddy has needles for fingers and it makes the woman's needle wounds open up on her arm? and then I like the 3rd film where the guy has his veins ripped out and he's being walked like a puppet and the girl getting her head smashed into the TV. The TV part always made me laugh.

I know The Shining is just a 15, but that was a film I watched at home when I was little, probably around the same time as watching the others mentioned. My parents didn't mind I watched that and it's become a film I've grown up watching and it's my all time favourite film.

I guess I could include Predator as another 18 film I saw bits of as a kid, it's not one I actually watched but I remember my dad watched it on the TV and seeing the Predator, which I didn't really care about at the time, it was years later when I actually watched the film properly.

05-29-2012, 04:44 AM
Friday the 13th when I was maybe 8 or so

05-29-2012, 04:54 AM
My late Nan used to let me watch a lot of 18 rated movies. I think the first was Alien at age 7. Nightmare on Elm Street was another. I watched a LOT with her and I have to say it was because of her I love horror movies so much. We used to watch them together when I stayed over for the weekend or holidays.

The funny bit was my Dad wasn't so accomodating - he was okay with some things but he wasn't alright with me watching The Terminator, so while I was still living with him I couldn;t watch it when it was on until I turned 18 - it was a few years later that I told him Nan had let me watch that when I was about 8 or 9.

I think age restrictions are good for the most part - I also think it should be left to the parent to decide. Some things may be too much for impressionable minds to take but if the parent believes their child - that they know - is going to be fine, then it's their call untimately.

05-29-2012, 06:18 AM
I think my first 18 movie was Cube, when I was 9 or 10. I remember I felt really weird after watching it, freaking out I'm going to wake up in cube someday. I still feel this way every time I watch it.

05-29-2012, 07:35 AM
Pet Cemetery. I was 7 years old and watched it at the movie theatre with my father. I was scared shitless.

My parents rented that when I was 11. I didn't stick around after it showed the sister dying of meningitis--I was terrified all night and barely made it through the next day. I finally watched it a few weeks ago and didn't see what the big deal was :P

My first R movie was Air Force One. I was 10 and my aunt took me to see it. I guess it was alright with my parents; they probably assumed it wasn't going to be any worse of an influence on me than Marilyn Manson.

M Tragedy666
05-30-2012, 12:37 PM
I remember my first was Enter The Dragon with Bruce Lee and John Saxon. My dad got it for me because, like a lot of young kids, I went through a short karate/fighting sort of phase. I was about 5 I believe. It's funny because my dad is kind of out of tune with a lot of things and he knew of Bruce Lee because of his age and probably saw some of the movies on tv or something and thought it was just some ninja type movie. Well, I became a fan and started asking for all of Lee's films. No one watched them with me or supervised and my parents probably didnt realize that many of his films have drugs, nudity, and obviously quite a bit of violence. I don't think I even understood a whole lot of the plot or even understood what I was seeing, being so young and all.

But yes, my first was Enter The Dragon. I was very proud to own an "R" film. I felt like a badass as age 5! I felt the same way years later when I got my first NC-17 and X rated films, which were The Dreamers with Eva Green, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, and a bunch of porno

Sans Agendum
05-30-2012, 01:09 PM
It was Alien. Terminator 2 was the first R movie I ever saw in theaters.

05-30-2012, 08:44 PM
Favorite movie when I was about 4 was Jaws. My parents took me/my brothers to see the Devils Advocate/Sev7n when they came out. I was between 8-9?. However I think it was my dads idea to bring us all along. My mom was just like this is a part you need to cover your eyes during.

05-31-2012, 12:32 AM
The Terminator.. First saw it on Betamax after Spielberg's Twilight Zone and Star Wars. And I was even exposed to Total Recall and the Nightmare series as well as Friday the 13th.

05-31-2012, 02:40 AM
Caught American History X late at night one time when i was like 8-10. The movie really confused me as i was too young to get it. Found it years later and has become probably my favourite. I can watch it at any time and enjoy it.

05-31-2012, 08:14 AM
In theaters? Halloween H20. On TV? Alien. On VHS? One of the Friday the 13th movies.

Had a particularly brutal kill scene involving a sleeping bag, a tree, and Jason's serious upper body strength.

Sixteen Saltines
05-31-2012, 08:52 AM
My first legit R-rated movie with some friends...



06-04-2012, 08:34 AM
Television wise I'd say it was Predator.

DVD wise my first real r-rated purchase that was mine was the 2003 remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Theatres I don't recall...

06-04-2012, 01:31 PM
My first rated-R movie was Gladiator. I even had to lie to my friend's mom about my mom's approval.

Sans Agendum
06-04-2012, 06:05 PM
My first rated-R movie was Gladiator. I even had to lie to my friend's mom about my mom's approval.


06-07-2012, 04:39 AM
We were always allowed to watch whatever my parents watched as long as we covered our eyes when they told us to. I remember during Jacob's Ladder there was a nude scene with Elizabeth Pena and I got caught peeking. I was like, "Oh no! Now my dad knows I like boobs!."

Dope Box
06-24-2012, 09:51 AM
Mine was an Indian flick called The Bandit Queen when I was 5. I remember the rape and humiliation scenes. It's a really powerful movie actually.

06-24-2012, 03:51 PM
I honestly have no clue. I was raised in a house full of 20-somethings and a teen so I was treated/subjected to R-rated films as far back as I can remember, except with the customary "DON'T LOOK!!!" I hope it was something cool.

06-25-2012, 06:24 AM
Scream, when I was 11 years old. I think that's why the original scream trilogy remains one of my favorite movie series ever, because they were my first 'horror' viewings.

06-25-2012, 07:11 AM
I remember when Scream came out we rented it and took it up my grandparents house one night, we played some of the scenes in slow motion for them lol. Like the garage door scene.

06-25-2012, 07:27 AM
I got my mum to rent Scream for me at Blockbuster when I was 13. After watching it, I did not find it as terrifying as the trailer made it seem.

I remember when the film came out around 1996/1997 when I was 5 years old, I was frightened to death by the Ghost Face mask and the adverts for it. However, I was tempted to watch it at the same time.

Celebrity Killing Spree
06-27-2012, 10:14 PM
My parents didn't really worry about too much about film ratings so I was watching R Rated movies at home fairly young. The only thing they really cared about was if it was going to be "too scary" for me. In fact all of my friends would go out of their way to come to my place to watch movies because they knew they could watch whatever their parents wouldn't let them.

I can't remember what the first one was, but I think it might have Robocop or The Terminator. I was probably about 5 or 6.

06-28-2012, 05:33 PM
House on Haunted Hill (1999), I was nine years old. And it scared the crap out of me. -Also the first time I heard a Marilyn Manson song (ie the reason I got my first CD from him a few years later.)

But yeah, we rented it and watched it on the 56' TV in our din, not sure how I weaseled into getting to watch it with everyone else lol. But yeah it's a different experience when your little, and on a really loud, big ass TV.

Shattered Dream
07-10-2012, 04:54 PM
There were a couple I remember vaguely.





07-13-2012, 11:03 AM

It may not have been the first R-rated film I saw, but it's the first I remember from way back in 1984 or '85 when it was on VHS.
I was 4 or 5 at the time, so I'm showing my age. I remember that Nathan Granville at the end of Father's Day scared me, but nowhere near as much as this psychologically scarring performance by Ed Harris.


Wow, my first post in about 15 months, go me!