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Some very mild sexual comments and references, however these are fairly infrequent.


A woman enters a room that has been severely damaged. There are bloody bird bodies all over the room and the woman sees the dead body of a man, supposedly killed by birds. He is covered in bloody cuts and his eyes have been completely pecked out. This is brief, but gory and disturbing.

A seagull knocks over a man pumping gas. He becomes unconscious and drops the pump, spilling it. Another man then drops a cigar, causing a huge explosion. He is seen being engulfed in flames and slumps to the ground.

A huge flock of seagulls attack a town square. They swoop down and peck at people who scream and run for cover. Panic erupts with cars crashing, etc. One woman locks herself in a phone booth, and gulls smash into the glass. A man comes up to the glass with birds attacking him. He has blood running down his face and several bloody cuts.

Hundreds of crows attack school children. The birds peck at the kids who scream and cry. One of the animals bashes the back of a girl's head, knocking her over and causing her glasses to break. When she lifts her head up, we see streaks of blood on her face as she cries for a classmate to help her.

Birds attack a woman in an attic. She struggles as they surround her, pecking violently at her legs, head and hands. She is dragged out of the room unconscious, covered in bloody gashes.

A dead woman is seen lying outside her house, covered in blood. A young girl inside the house is seen crying at her body.

Sparrows attack a boarded up house. They peck through the wooden doors and a man inside tries to stop them. The animals peck his hand and wrist, resulting in bloody wounds.

Seagulls attack a birthday party. They swoop down, bite and peck at the children. One girl is seen lying on the ground with a bird biting the back of her neck. The children scream and cry.

A seagull swoops down and hits a woman in the head, resulting in a bloody gash on it.

A bird violently pecks a man's hand as he rests it on a fence post.

A seagull flies into a door and is shown with a broken, twisted neck.


2 uses of damn and 1 use of hell.


Many characters smoke cigarettes in various scenes. Alcohol is also consumed in a few scenes.


The scenes listed under Violence/Gore can be disturbing. Many of the scenes involving the bird attacks can be very scary and intense.

Total: 18/50

BBFC - (15): moderate threat, horror.

Argentina:13 / Australia:M (TV rating) / Australia:SOA (original rating) / Australia:PG (re-rating) (1995) / Brazil:14 / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) (DVD) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (1963) / France:12 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:15 / Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) / Italy:T (re-rating) (1991) / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:16 (DVD) / New Zealand:M / Norway:18 / Norway:16 (1976) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:15 (1995) / Spain:T / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (tv rating) / UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (2012) / UK:15 (video rating) (1987) / USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20385) (original release) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1984) / West Germany:16

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