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A girl is seen masturbating with a crucifix. it is shot from the side, so little is seen.

a girl shouts sexual insults at a priest and a woman.

a man is grabbed by the crotch and thrown to the ground.


the appearance of the possessed girl is both frightening and violent.

a girl gets graphic cuts on her face

a man is grabbed by the crotch (see sex and nudity) and thrown to the ground.


2 "c" words shouted loudly and clearly (very strong language)

95 "f" words (strong language)

some smaller profanities


There are adults socially drinking at a dinner party.

The mother is shown drinking alcohol to cope with the situation.

The mother smokes cigarettes, as does a priest.

In one scene, a visibly intoxicated man is shown.

A 12 year old child is injected with sedatives against her will, as well as being put through a hospital procedure that involves being injected in the neck with contrast fluid.

A verbal reference is made to marijuana.

The drugs Ritalin and Thorazine are referenced.

Two priests share a drink from a bottle stolen from another university dean; both are also showing smoking.

Even though there are frequent scenes involving alcohol/smoking they are very mild and neither glamorize, nor promote the use of drugs; one scene in fact decries drug use.


May be frightening to some people. in the past, this was the scariest movie ever created. now, with the special effects we have, this may be almost humorous.

very intense.


Rated R for strong language and disturbing images (Approved No. 23433)
Argentina:16 (director's cut) / Argentina:18 (original rating) / Australia:R / Australia:MA15+ (TV rating) / Brazil:14 (TV rating - 1988) (video rating - 2001) / Brazil:18 (original rating) / Brazil:12 (cinema rating) (1998) / Brazil:16 (cinema rating) (1987) / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (2000 re-release) / Canada:R (Manitoba) (also 2000 version) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000 re-release) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (2000 re-release) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14A (re-rating) / Canada:R (video rating) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) / Chile:18 (theatrical re-release) (2015) / Chile:14 (re-rating) (2000) / Finland:K-16 (2013) / Finland:K-18 (1974) / France:12 (director's cut) / France:16 (original rating) / France:12 (re-rating) / Germany:16 (bw) (2001 re-release) / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:C / Mexico:B (2000) / Netherlands:16 (director's cut) / Netherlands:18 (original rating) / New Zealand:R18 (original rating) / New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2000) / Norway:18 / Norway:15 (2000) / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:(Banned) (original rating) / Singapore:R(A) (re-rating) (cut) / Singapore:M18 (video rating) (cut) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / UK:X (original rating) / USA:R (Approved No. 23433) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / West Germany:18 (bw)

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