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Suggested MPAA Rating: PG for Discreet Violent/Disturbing Content and Smoking.

Possibly some very well disguised innuendo to acts of necrophilia and paedophilia.

A nude female statue.

The most disturbing violence is more suggestive then graphic: You can see the silhouette of a man being skinned with a knife. Other disturbing images include preserved female corpses on display in glass containers.

Other mild violence includes some mild physical scuffles and shooting. A man has a bloody mouth after being injured.

A bus driver is killed in a wreck.

A man throws a knife at a cat and it hisses in pain. We learn later that the black cat cannot be killed.

Some blasphemous references from a devil worshipper.

Some possible casual smoking and drinking since it's a thirties film. Only drug references of note include a women being a somnambulistic daze and acting oddly after being drugged with a narcotic as a response to being injured in a car accident.

Main element of concern.

Horror and mature themes throughout, presented in a tasteful manner which would probably lead to PG rating. Suggestive verbal references to war imprisonment, devil worship, necrophilia, madness, gruesome violent acts, etc. The antagonist, Hjamlar Poelzig, is a very sinister character. Also, some action sequences which are referred to in the violence and gore section above.

One character is skinned alive near the end of this film. Though this action is not shown, it certainly is creepy and not for easily upset children.

A murder of a beautiful young woman occurs, and her death screams are heard by another young woman. The protagonist is constantly fainting and being picked up and handled as if she were a child; not a great role model for young girls.

References to war and extreme violence throughout the film, though beautifully handled ,definitely not for the kiddies.

Australia:PG / Finland:K-16 (1987) (festival rating) / Finland:(Banned) (1936) / UK:15 / UK:A (original rating) / USA:Approved (PCA #4601) (11 August 1938 for re-release)

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