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Implicit themes of beastiality in folk lore, sexual repression, seduction, temptation, the correlation between sexual titillation and violence, and possible lesbian undertones.

A woman undresses (mostly off-screen) while preparing a bath. We then see her bare upper-back as she is crouched in the tub.

We see a woman in a bathing suit as she prepares to swim, dives into a pool, and then gets out.

A man tries to "tame" a woman by kissing her briefly.

A man and a woman flirt and he inquires to kiss her, but doesn't.


A man wrestles with a panther off-screen and we see his dead body turned on the ground (bloodless).

A woman is hit in the head by a jumping panther and falls to the ground, where another previous wound is revealed (we see a bloodless blade sticking out of her upper back/neck area), and she dies of her injuries.

A panther jumps out of frame and is run over by a car. We see its damaged and bloodied body under the vehicle.

A woman accidentally scares a bird to death (we see it fall limp to the bottom of its cage). She then takes the bird and throws it into the cage of a panther, who promptly eats it.

A cat/woman creature stalks a woman on two occasions. Both scenes are accompanied with creepy camera work and audio cues. More suspenseful than scary.

We see a panther eating raw meat.


One use of a possibly derogatory term for a Serbian man.

Some name-calling.


Men smoke on several occasions.

Some suspenseful sequences and implied psycho-sexual themes.

BBFC - (PG): mild horror.

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG for some violence and brief sensuality

Overall rating: 11/50

Ages 7+

Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Australia:A (original rating) / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Finland:K-12 (2016) (TV rating) / Finland:K-16 (1989) / France:16 / Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) / Sweden:15 / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (tv rating) / UK:PG (re-release) (1999) / UK:PG (video rating) (1998) / USA:Approved (PCA #8693) / West Germany:12 (video rating)

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