Looking back I wonder how some games were able to sneak by with the ratings they ended up getting. It could be that some things have changed over the years. Perhaps the overall sentiment about certain themes and their portrayals has shifted over time. Regardless there was a point in time where a human being looked at games like todays choice and said “this is fine for kids”.
Shadow Temple/Beneath the Well: Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
Who would have thought that a seemingly quiet town would house such a terrible secret? There are a plethora of overt elements to these 2 dungeons. ReDeads and a whole host of monsters roam the confines of these dungeons. Abominations guaranteed to give any kid nightmares, the big one being the “Dead Hand” enemy.
What was actually on the screen:
What I saw:
May very well be too terrifying to post (and it looks like it is, I'm suprised it hit a filter. Perhaps it was too spooky. Then again the reason for the flag was not mentioned in the error message).
The dead hand is apparently E for everyone. It’s only a bloody corpse like entity that waits for you to come into the room so it can try and grab you to then eat you. Apparently that wasn’t scary enough to raise the rating though.
In addition to the dead hand the 2 dungeons basically amount to torture chambers where the dead now roam. It is implied that the undead are potential victims of Hyrule’s bloody past rather than just another part of Ganondorf’s spreading evil. This is still not enough to raise the rating by the way.
The cherry on top is the ghost entity with the severed hands that bangs on a ridiculously large drum as it attempts to kill you. You get to this fiend by crossing a river of death and shadows on a boat, all while killing numerous undead. Still rated E for everyone.
I don’t know how they managed to sneak all of that into what should be a kids game but they did and they got me good all those years back (and I wouldn't have it any other way).