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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

Suggested MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of mild bloody violence/gore and terror.

4/10

A woman showers - no nudity (shoulders up)

A man and woman are dressing in a cheap hotel room before getting back to work, obviously post-coital and in the midst of an affair. Both are half-dressed, the woman in her bra and the man, shirtless.

A man watches a woman undress through a peephole, but NO nudity is shown. We see her in old fashioned under garments.

Someone is referred to as a transvestite, and the definition of a transvestite is then given.

Violence & Gore

5/10

Someone gets stabbed to death with a butcher knife while showering. It is mildly brutal, as the attacker delivers multiple blows to the victim who screams. NO stab wounds are shown, and the scene is very quick. Nudity suggested, and FX blood (which was actually Hershey's chocolate syrup) can be seen running down the drain. The girl finally collapses onto the floor, her dying gaze fixated on the audience, and we witness the aftermath of the murder in real time: the removal and dumping of the body, etc.

Later on, a man is stabbed once reaching the top of a stair flight. We see blood on his face and he tumbles backward, landing on the floor, his assailant following to finish the act. The scene quickly fades as the killer raises and lowers the knife again while the man screams.

Later, during the film's climax, there is a brief struggle between two men in which one bashes the other over the head with a vase in order to flee.

Near the end of the film, the dried and embalmed corpse of a person is found, however the corpse isn't fully shown.

Profanity

0/10

2/10

Besides a scene in which a man smokes, the drug and alcohol content of this movie is nonexistent. There is however an early scene in which drinking/alcoholism are subtly joked about between two men.

6/10

This film is somewhat suspenseful and disturbing. It has an eerie feel to it at few parts of the movie.

A woman takes a shower and later gets attacked by a character, and he stabs her with a butcher knife. Blood is shown (the whole movie is in black and white, so it isn't as explicit as it could be)

A man gets stabbed in the head. Blood is shown dripping down his forehead. (Actually Chocolate Syrup)

Many critics and viewers say that if the movie was made today it would be a light PG-13 .

17/50

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Certification:
Argentina:16 / Argentina:13 (DVD rating) / Argentina:16 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M / Brazil:14 (video rating) (2000) / Brazil:18 (TV rating) (1996) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) (2010) / Chile:18 (original rating) / Chile:14 (re-rating) / Czech Republic:U / Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1969) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (1965) / Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1960) / France:16 (original rating) / France:12 (re-release) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2004) / Iceland:16 / Israel:16 / Italy:16+ / Italy:T (video rating) / Japan:G (2013) / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Norway:16 (1960) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / South Korea:15 / South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2000) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (re-release) / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (tv rating) / UK:15 (re-release: re-rating) (1998) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2003) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / USA:Approved (certificate #19564) (original release) / USA:R (re-rating) (1984) / USA:M (re-rating) (1968) / West Germany:18 (original rating) (nf)

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